HELEN S. PULLEN MUNSTER, IN FORMERLY HAMMOND, IN
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Helen S. Pullen, age 87, of Munster, formerly of Hammond, passed away Saturday March 31, 2012. Survived by her loving children: Daniel (Pamela) of Hammond, Robert (Sally) of Terre Haute, Mary Anne (Mark) Neiner of Munster, Cathy (Patrick) McAndrews of Avon, IN and Rosemary (Ted) Frankowski of Brownsburg, IN; dear grandchildren: Chuck, Fred, Matthew, Laura, Amy, Nathan and Nick Pullen; Rebecca (Michael) Bennett, Colleen and Eric Neiner, Lisa and Steven Frankowski, and Connor and Ryan McAndrews; precious great grandson, Luke Pullen; daughter in law, Anna Pullen; sisters: Ruth (late Joseph) Doyle and Ethel (Alvin) Decker; devoted caregiver, Vida Piesliakiene; and numerous sisters in law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Charles; eldest son, Fred; and sister, Grace Ann (late Robert) Smith. Helen will lie in state at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 DIRECTLY at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 7113 Columbia Ave., Hammond with a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Stanley Dominik officiating. At rest, St. John Cemetery, Hammond. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday April 3, 2012 from 2:00-8:00 PM at the Solan Pruzin Funeral Home, 7109 Calumet Ave., Hammond. Helen grew up on a farm in Champaign County during the depression. Her parents were strong believers in Catholic education so, despite modest means, she attended St. Mary's Academy in Nauvoo, IL for high school. She worked as a legal secretary in Champaign until her marriage to the love of her life, Charles Ray Pullen. They married the week after Chuck graduated from the University of Illinois. Along with Chuck, Helen dedicated her adult life to the physical, educational and spiritual growth of their six children and her faith. She also worked for 10 years at Century 21 Real Estate. Despite later physical limitations, she remained active with church related activities, grandchildren and bridge club. Thanks to the excellent care she received in her last six years from her devoted caregiver, she was able to stay active until the end of her long life. In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen's name may be given to St. John Bosco Parish or Planting Possibilities.
Published in The Times from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2012