WAUSAU, Wis. - Gertrude Z. Sullivan, age 78, of Wausau, former long time area resident, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Wausau. She was born April 30, 1936, in Ironwood, daughter of the late Joseph and Zella (Yankee) Lauzon.
Gertrude graduated from St. Ambrose High School in 1954. She had been employed at the Northern Bakery, Randall Bakery, Ironwood Laundry, and Hautamaki's Nursing Home.
On Feb. 5, 1955, she was united in marriage with John Leo Sullivan. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1967.
On Nov. 8, 1976, she was united in marriage with Arvo J. Saari. He preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 1989.
Gertrude is survived by five sons, Michael (Tami) Sullivan, Jacksonville, Ala ., Joseph (Lorraine) Sullivan, Coral Springs, Fla ., John (Betsy) Sullivan, Rib Mountain, Patrick Sullivan,Wausau and Curtiss (Cindy) Sullivan, Nashville, Tenn .; one daughter, Ramona (Jim) Collins, Ironwood; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren that she loved dearly; one brother, John (Luise) Lauzon of Montreal; three sisters, Joan (Gabe) Bennetts, Traverse City, Mich ., Donna Sullivan of Marquette, Mich. and Sybil (Joe) Giorgianni, Marquette, Mich .; two sisters-in-law, Myrna Lauzon of Ironwood and Lorraine Lauzon of O'Cala, Fla .; and numerous nephews and nieces.
In addition to her husbands and her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Joseph Lauzon.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood. Rev. Robb Jurkovich will be the celebrant. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service in the St. Joseph Family Room at the church. Following the service, cremation will take place at the Range Crematory in Hurley. Inurnment will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood.
Arrangements are by Range Funeral Service and Crematory, Ketola-Burla Funeral Home in Ironwood.