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Paulette J. Lavins
January 14, 1953 - February 28, 2022

Paulette J. Lavins

Paulette J. Lavins
Jan 14, 1953 - Feb 28, 2022

Paulette J. Lavins
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Paulette Lavins, 69, died February 28, 2022, at her home in Grosse Pointe Park, MI.

She was born January 14,1953, in Nemacolin, Pennsylvania to Dolores and Paul Lavins. Paulette met her husband Dan at the University of Michigan. After graduating from nursing school, Paulette worked her way up to Head Nurse of Pediatrics at St. John Hospital in Detroit. Her passion for nursing was equaled only by her love for her 3 children and later her 2 grandchildren. Paulette was known for her elaborate needlepointed gifts and fun, zany spirit.

Paulette is survived by her husband, Daniel Sullivan; her children Lauren Sullivan (Ryan Williams), Rachel Smith (Charles) and Spencer Sullivan (Katie); her father Paul, and her sisters Laurie and Cathyanne. Paulette was the proud "Grandma PJ" to Hazel and Owen Smith. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dolores Lavins.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 3 from 4-8 pm at Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park, MI. A memorial service will be held Friday March 4 at 9:00 am at St. Ambrose Church in Grosse Pointe Park, MI.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Cathyanne Nonini on Jun 1, 2022

Paulette with her parents, her children and sister Cathyanne.

Pat Hays on Mar 7, 2022

Our family has wonderful memories of the Lavins family whose lovely daughters babysat our three children. We are deeply saddened to hear about Paulette. She was always so sweet and nice to Barbara, Susan, and Jeff. Our deepest sympathy to Dan and all the family. Love, Pat Hays

Pat Kuczborski on Mar 5, 2022

Paulette will be missed by all the P.A.A.T.S. drivers. I really liked talking with her on the way to her doctor appointments. She really loved doing needlepoint. I really miss crying on your shoulder! You will truly be missed! You are in a much better place! RIP I can’t believe your gone!! Pat, the bus driver.

Boris Goosarev (Odessa) on Mar 5, 2022

Please accept our sincere condolences. Rest in peace to her

Natalia Savenko on Mar 5, 2022

Our sympathy and love. Praying together. All of Ukrainian relatives.

Karen Gietzen on Mar 4, 2022

I have many fond and funny memories of working with Paulette at SJH. She was a mentor to me as a new and inexperienced nurse in Pediatrics. My deepest condolences to Dan and her children/grandchildren

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Amy spivey on Mar 3, 2022

Paulette was one great lady and will be missed

Ken Welch and Penny Hale. on Mar 3, 2022

We're very sorry to hear about Paulette's passing. She was brave and inspiring and we know she'll be terribly missed. Our thoughts are with you and we know you're faith will comfort you in this difficult time. May she rest in peace and your memories of her being lasting.
Love, Penny and Ken

Melissa MacLeod on Mar 3, 2022

We will miss Paulette immensely. She was a special part of our community here at The Wool and the Floss. She came here as part of OT almost a decade ago but it became so much more. Her humor and kind heart was wrapped around all of her fellow stitchers. She was a special soul…. Melissa MacLeod

Ada and Joe Schiavello on Mar 2, 2022

Dear Dan, our heartfelt condolences on the death of your lovely wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this very sad time. May her soul rest in eternal peace. God bless.

Ada and Joe Schiavello



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