Celebrating the life of

Mary Frances Sullivan Blomberg

October 28, 1934 - August 04, 2020

Mary Frances Sullivan Blomberg

Mary Frances Sullivan Blomberg, 85, died Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

Mary was born in Savannah, October 28, 1934 to William Fraser Sullivan, Sr., and Annie Mae Avant Sullivan. She was a graduate of Savannah High School, class of 1952. She started her higher education at Armstrong Junior College, continued at St. Johns College in Annapolis, before earning her PhD at Stockholm University, Sweden. Mary reached the position of Associate Professor at Uppsala University, Sweden. During her professional career Mary published numerous works (

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her siblings, Anna Fesh, William Sullivan, Jr., James Sullivan, Robert Sullivan, and Elizabeth Clinton.

Surviving are her husband, Peter Blomberg; daughters, Mikia Blomberg (Sebastian), Cecilia Zeigler (Barry); sister, Nina Bolch; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  

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My deepest condolences to you all. When I meet you all in 1989, I remember what a Nice woman she was.So I send you lots of love from Norway and I will be thinking of you all.

- Christina Back Thorsen , Halden, Norway

My deepest condolences to the family. I’m very sorry to hear this. Mary was such a unique and lovely woman. My mother, Cornelia Hoffman, was Mary’s roommate at St. John’s college. My mother cherished her friendship with Mary and was able to visit her in Sweden about 14 years ago - which she truly enjoyed.. my mom passed away on Aug 9, 2013. Perhaps they are together now discussing great works of literature and enjoying each other’s company. May your memories of her help console the pain of your loss.

- Paula Corson (Cornelia Hoffman’s daughter), Westminster , Md

En sista hälsning till en fantastisk kvinna och en god vän.

- Christina Risberg, Örebro

We are so sorry - Aunt Mary was such a very special lady and will be missed- she was an amazing person

- Debbie and Joy Sullivan, Columbus , Ohio

We are all so sad to hear that our friend Mary has left us. I first met Mary in 1979. Many were the Thanksgivings our family had together with the Blombergs, the visits, the shared archeology, the fun. Although we were in contact less frequently in later years, Mary was always there somewhere. Our condolences to all of you at this so very sad moment.

- Carole Gillis, Kjell Ersarve , children David and Daniella, Lund, Sweden

So sorry for your loss.

- Connie Bazemore , Rincon , Ga

Cecelia, our deepest sympathies on the passing of your dear mother. May you find comfort in your faith and the resurrection of Jesus as He promises the same for all who believe in Him. Pastor and Sally

- Sally Krey

Mary Francis and I were in the same graduating class of 1952 Always enjoyed visiting with her at our class reunions. She will be greatly missed

- Walter C Fisch, Savannah, GA

Så tråkiga att höra om Marys bortgång. Mitt varmaste deltagande// Birgitta Leppänen Sjöberg

- Birgitta Leppänen Sjöberg , Knivsta, Sweden

Jag minns din vänlighet, omtanke och hjälpsamhet med värme.

- Marina Weilguni, Uppsala, Sweden

We are so sorry to hear , our deepest condolences. Our mother Cornelia Hoffman Reese met Mary at St.John’s. They became lifelong friends. Mom visited Mary in Sweden in 2006 and Georgia in 2012 and these were some of her happiest memories. My Aunt Dorothea Hoffman Rushworth also sends her condolences, Mary was in her wedding and they also stayed in touch their whole lives. Our thoughts are with your family at the difficult time.

- Angelina KlineBurgess , Westminster , MD

We met Peter and Mary in 1979 during a 2 year assignment in Stockholm. Over those 2 years Rekha and Mary met almost on a weekly basis over tea and Mary's freshly baked peanut butter cookies. In the years since then we managed to meet albeit far too rarely either in Stockholm or here in Pendleton, SC and more recently in our summer house in the Highlands in the Blue Ridge mountains of NC. One memorable visit with Mary and her family was on a trip to Turkey to visit the classical Greek sights of eastern Turkey. These memories of our much loved friend Mary live on to enrich our lives, and in our sadness our hearts go out to Peter, Mikia and Cecilia and the rest of her family. Although she is no longer with us, we will continue to remember her and mourn the loss of a dear and vital friend, Mary. Michael and Rekha Morris

- Michael A Morris, Pendleton, South Carolina

Ever since Mary sent me her brilliant article “The meaning of Chelidon in Hesiod” (of 1992) she has been a much admired colleague, and a very good friend, too. I send all my warmest thoughts to you, Peter, and to your daughters, whom I do not think I have met. My husband joins with me. We remember with joy various occasions when we met ‒ in the seminar at AKS in Uppsala, in your place and in ours, in more than one excellent symposium, a couple of them hosted by Mary herself. Marianne Wifstrand Schiebe, and Traugott Schiebe

- Marianne Wifstrand Schiebe, Uppsala, Sweden

So sorry for this great loss. Aunt Mary was one of the dearest people I've known in my existence. I wish we could have had that one more Sullivan Tybee Island Family Reunion.

- Denise Sullivan Kerby , Savannah , Georgia

A candle has been lit!

- Denise Sullivan Kerby , Savannah , Georgia

A candle has been lit!

- Sebastian Piel, Åsa, Halland

A candle has been lit!

Kära Peter, Mikia och Cecilia. Våra varmaste tankar med er, Mary var en så fin person. Marianne och Håkan Rietz

- Marianne Rietz, Stockholm, Sweden

Dear Peter, dear daughters and dear rest of the family, Mary's death made me sad. She was a colleague of mine, and we met over Greek pottery. She contributed to the fifth Swedish fascicle of an international museum publication of pottery, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, for which she studied pottery in the collections at Uppsala and Lund universities. After a long process of work, this fascicle has just appeared: it arrived from the printers only a few days after Mary died. It is unfortunate that she couldn't hold it in her hands. We are however sure that her family will be proud of her scholarship, just like the 'pottery community' among the students of antiquity. (I hope to reach Peter directly on this matter.) With all my best regards Eva Rystedt, prof. em. Lund University, Sweden

- Eva Rystedt, Stockholm, Sweden

I so much enjoyed spending time with Mary and Peter at our archaeoastronomy meetings around the world. They will not be the same as before and I will truly miss her.

- Kim Malville, BOULDER, CO

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel