Mary Sullivan Biatek, at 95
Mary [Schell] Sullivan Biatek died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Dec. 2. She was 95.
She attended high school in Boston, where she aspired to study nursing. In lieu of this dream, she married her love, the late James E Sullivan, and together they birthed a family of 10 children: five girls and five boys. The eldest son, Lt. Cmdr. James E. Sullivan, was killed while serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
An extraordinary woman, Mrs. Biatek’s early life was devoted to raising her children. In search of a safe, healthy environment, she moved the children from the city of Boston to the beachside town of Hull. Her days were filled with raising her children and instilling in them the strength and work ethic that she was known for throughout her life.
After losing her husband James, she married Albert Biatek. Along with her youngest children, John and Joe, they moved to Florida in 1972. There they developed successful hospitality and real estate ventures. As contemporary entrepreneurs, they worked tirelessly, enjoyed an active social life, and traveled throughout the country.
Upon the loss of Albert, Mary continued her vigorous life, traveling the world with her children. She stayed abreast of technology, for a time publishing her community newsletter and served as longstanding secretary of the Gold Star Mothers.
Those left to remember her are her children: Julia, Gerard, Mary, Kathleen, Christine, Dennis, Nancy, John, and Joseph; her brother, Lawrence; 19 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and the scores of people whose hearts she touched. Mrs. Biatek touched all she came in contact with, right down to the nurses who helped her say her final farewells.
During the graveside service, her remains will be placed next to her son James, in Hull Village Cemetery, at noon on Saturday, Aug. 27. Following the service, a gathering will be held at Nantasket Beach Salt Water Club. Friends of the family are welcome.