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Rachael Luella Culp-Erickson

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May 22, 1926 - Sept. 8, 2013
MISHAWAKA - Rachael Luella Culp-Erickson, loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Great Great-Grandmother, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 after an unexpected stroke. Rachael was born May 22, 1926 to Wallace and Ethel (Wilson) Mallery in Elkhart, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Warren J. Culp, second husband Victor R. Erickson and her sister, Ruth LeCount. Surviving is her son, Peter (Leslie) Erickson of Mishawaka, and 3 daughters, Janet (Eugene) Wilder of Burlington, WV, Diana Helmuth of Palmetto, FL, and Ingrid (Larry) Christman of Mishawaka. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren; Lori, Barbie, Brad, Seth, Nate, Sonja, April, Racquel, Meghan, Evan, Ericca, and Cory, 11 great grandchildren; Austin, Randy, Nicholas, Breanna, Josephine, Justyne, Juliette, Tyler, Nate Jr., Riley and Kyle, and one great-great granddaughter, Lillian. Rachael is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Louise Zehrung, and Virginia Erickson. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Tue. Sept. 10, 2013 at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola, Indiana. There will also be one hour of calling prior to the 11:00 am funeral service on Wed. Sept. 11, 2013 at Faith Community Church, 30046 CR 16 Elkhart, Indiana 46516. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. She was employed by Miles Laboratories in Elkhart as a lab technician, and later became a School Bus driver for the Penn Harris Madison School Corporation, retiring after 27 years of service. After her retirement, she dedicated her whole life to her family and friends. Rachael was a life long area resident and member of Faith Community Church since its founding. Her service to the Lord and unselfish dedication to her family were her highest priorities in life. Her gift of creativity showed in many ways. She expressed her love of life and family through oil paintings and scrap booking. Her creativity came to life in the sets designed for plays, costumes for skits, and Sunday school and Bible crafts. Being always ready to give of herself, she made sure every task had the tender, loving touch of a faithful servant. In everything, love and truth were her guides. As a vigilant prayer warrior, she covered her family in love, peace and joy, always bringing God-sent hope into place. She loved roller skating, boating, reading, teaching, bird watching, gardening and supporting her grandchildren in all of their activities, just to mention a few of her hobbies In her memory, donations may be made to Faith Community Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at our website, www.chapelhillmemorial.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Sept. 10, 2013
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