Sunday, November 27, 2011

Helen "Nellie" Culkin
(April 26, 1915 - November 25, 2011) 
Helen M. “Nellie” Culkin, 96, of Piper City, formerly of Chatsworth passed away at 1:15am Friday November 25, 2011 at Piper City Rehab & Living Center – Piper City.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am Tuesday November 29, 2011 at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth with Rev. Michael Pennock officiating. Visitation will be 5-7PM Monday November 28, 2011 at Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth where a rosary will be recited at 4:45PM. Memorials may be made to St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, the Resident Activity Fund at Piper City Rehab & Living Center or the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery – Chatsworth.
Nellie was born April 26, 1915 in rural Chatsworth a daughter of Peter and Josephine (Karney) Kurtenbach. She married Charles A. Culkin on April 10, 1937 in Chatsworth. He preceded her in death on April 4, 1992.
She is survived by 2 daughters: Carol (Gene) Froelich of Piper City and Mary (Alan) Batts of Champaign; 1 son-in-law, Ron (Rita) Deany of Chatsworth; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 daughter: Sue Deany, 1 great-grandson, 2 sisters and 1 brother.
She was a homemaker, and her life revolved around her family and her church.
Mrs. Culkin was a member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth and also the church Altar & Rosary Society, the Charlotte Home Extension and was formerly active in PTA.

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