Arden “Deenie” Sullivan 74 of Melbourne, FL passed away peacefully at Viera Hospital on Friday, July 24, with her daughter Lori by her side. She is survived by her son, Jim Spellman jr. and his fiancé Michelle Oldham of Chandler, AZ, her daughter Debbie Lagestee and her husband Chris of Mount Pleasant, SC, and her daughter Lori Wagner, and her husband Erik of Viera, FL. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Jack, Kaitlyn, Blake, Makena, Ashleigh, Caden, and Kennedy. She was also blessed to have 3 step-grandchildren Jordan, Dylan, and Haley. She is also survived by many cousins in New Jersey and dear friends in New Jersey, California, and Florida. Deenie is predeceased by her parents Edward and Dorothy Sullivan of Jersey City, NJ, and her husband Jim Spellman Sr.
Deenie was born on September 17, 1945 to Edward and Dorothy Sullivan in Jersey City, New Jersey. She was proud of her father’s service in the US Navy and lived her early childhood on base. She later attended St. Aloysius High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. She married Jim Spellman of Jersey City, NJ in September 1964. In 1977, Deenie moved to Huntington Beach, CA. She worked as a reservation sales agent for Hughes Airwest, which was bought by Republic Airlines and then acquired by Northwest Airlines. While working full time she earned her AA degree at 40 years old from Orange Coast College, then attended Cal-State University Long Beach. She had a great desire to learn and be educated. In 1988 she relocated to Oldsmar, Fl. She retired from Northwest Airlines in 2006 after 28 years of loyal service. Five years into retirement she began working at Bealls Florida. In 2015 she moved to Melbourne, Fl.
Deenie loved to travel. She visited 34 states, and many countries including Bermuda, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Costa Rica, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cuba, Guadalupe, Mexico, and Canada. She also went on numerous Caribbean and European cruises with her best childhood girlfriends, they vacationed together every year for the past 24 years. They affectionately nicknamed themselves “La Groupa” after spending time together in Italy.
Deenie was adventurous, patriotic, and full of spunk. She was stylish, kept up with the latest trends, and was always perfectly accessorized. She loved to have a good time and was always willing to try new things, tap dancing, video games, and stand up paddleboarding at 70 years old. She loved the beach, gardening, baking, and reading a good book. Most of all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. They were her pride and joy. She was always present at baseball games, soccer games, basketball games, swim meets, volleyball games, lacrosse games, dance recitals, and art competitions. She never backed down from a good debate. She was a fierce competitor in the games of Uno and Bananagrams. She never missed a birthday and she made holidays extra special. She will be deeply missed.
In lieu of flowers, it was Deenie’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to the Susan G. Kommen Foundation, the Patient Advocate Foundation, or the American Cancer Society.
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