- Due to COVID, a private church service will be celebrated for immediate family only.
Herminia (Emma) Sullivan, passed away on January 20, 2022, surrounded by her devoted family at the age of 98. Emma was born in Spain and arrived in Brooklyn at the age of six. She met the love of her life, Buddy (F.X.) Sullivan and married following WWII. Together, along with Emma’s cousins Maruja and PepitaFernandez, they ran the Long Island Bar & Restaurant since the 1950’s and raised their family. Enjoying summer trips to her homeland in Galicia, Spain she kept alive familial traditions with each generation. Emma is remembered as a dear Abuela, mother, and friend to so many. She touched many lives in different ways through her ever-generous spirit. Most of all, she cherished her family and her many friendships, wishing nothing but the best for all – until the very end. This past Christmas, she began writing her cards in November to be sure she got them all done and a final message sent.
Emma is survived by her daughter Maureen Sapega (spouse Stephen), son-in-law Robert Alperin M.D., grandchildren, Alex and Javier Sullivan; Marissa Alperin (spouse John Lowe) and David Alperin (spouse Michelle Lorenzutti); Lauren Sapega (spouse Tosin Akinmusuru), Susan Sapega (spouse Jason Randall M.D). and Christina Sapega (spouse Michael Sciortino) and great-grandchildren Diego, Sebi and Carmen Lowe; Xavierand Francesca Akinmusuru and Sean and Oscar Randall. She is predeceased by her husband Buddy, her son Raymond Sullivan and daughter Linda Alperin.
Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital in her memory as children filled her life.
Emma’s final words of advice: “Be good to one another.”