Elenita Sullivan, a resident of Lake Tahoe for over 45 years, died at her home in Tahoe City on April 1 after a year’s battle with cancer. Elenita and her late husband, Tim Sullivan, were very active in community and Tahoe Basin affairs; Tim as a ski area consultant and later as an aide to State Senator Ray Johnson, and Elenita as president of the auxiliary program at Tahoe Forest Hospital.
Elenita was raised in San Francisco, graduated from The Convent Of The Sacred Heart in the city, attended the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Perugia, Italy.
Elenita moved to Lake Tahoe to work for the Italian Olympic Tourist Commission in 1960. After the Olympics, Elenita was instrumental in forming the first nursery school in Squaw Valley and was the nursery school teacher.
For 25 years Elenita was a volunteer at the Tahoe Forest Hospital. She initiated the Auxiliary Volunteers, the Candy Stripers, a program which trained High School students to be hospital volunteers, and with Linda Larson, started the hospice program. Also, she and Reverend Wayne Hoag initiated the Tahoe Forest Pastoral Care program at the Tahoe Forest Hospital.
Elenita was able to remain in her home during the latter part of her illness because of the caring support of her very good friends Caprice Brandt and Bob Wise. She was also greatly helped by Becky Underwood, Anke Hass and Tracey Wayda, members of the Sierra Bible Church in Truckee.
Elenita will be greatly missed by her good friends, co-workers and her former students. The service will be private. Donations to the charity of your choice or to the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, c/o The Squaw Valley Olympic Museum, Attention: Lisa Dobey, PO Box 366, Truckee, CA 96160 will be appreciated.