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Mary Kay Cullen

ROCHESTER, IL - Mary Kathryn "Mary Kay" Cullen, 86, of Rochester died at St. John's Hospice on May 8, 2014 from the effects of Dementia with Lewy Bodies.

She was born Nov. 3, 1927, in Springfield, the second child of Thomas Joseph Daley and Ella Christine (Schlitt) Daley. Mary Kay married Loren Matthew Cullen in 1950. He preceded her in death in 2002.

After graduating from St. Teresa High School in Decatur, she attended and graduated from St. John's School of Nursing in 1948. She worked as an RN in the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat (EENT) Surgical Unit for many years, both full- and part-time while raising her family and serving as neighborhood nurse. In later years, she volunteered at St. Joseph Home. Mary Kay was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Springfield. She was a founding member of the Nurses Club now celebrating their 66th anniversary.

She is survived by her children: Marygael Cullen (James M. Veselenak) of Rochester, Daniel T. Cullen of Athens, William P. Cullen (Karen) of Sarasota, Fla., Colleen A. Hagenbruch (Steve) of Peoria, Christopher J. Cullen (Elizabeth Joan) of Rochester, and Shawn M. Cullen (Tammy) of Indiana; her siblings: Sister Mary Gael Daley, OP of Springfield, Robert J. Daley of Palmetto, Fla., and Margaret Ellen Stahoviak (Ed) of Grayslake.

She has 13 grandchildren: Brandon (Jennifer), Aaron, Laura and Adam Cullen; Devin Veselenak (Vanessa Fichtl); Jared (Lauren), Jordan, Jacob and Jonas Cullen; Megan and Cullen Hagenbruch,; and Matthew and Mary Frances Cullen. She has six great-grandchildren including Logan, Aidan and Evan Cullen; Luisa Spiker and Yuna Fichtl; and Brayden Cullen.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Daley; and granddaughter, Anna Rose Cullen.

Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 p.m.

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at St. Frances Cabrini Parish with the Rev. Richard Chiola officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Patrick Mission School or SIU Foundation – School of Medicine for Dementia Research.

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