Lucille M Cullen
Feb. 28, 1928 - Nov. 3, 2020
Chilton, WI
Funeral Visitation:
Friday, Nov. 6, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Burial Service:
Friday, Nov. 6, 2020
1:45 pm
St. Martin Catholic Cemetery
N3298 Cty T
New Holstein, WI 53061
Lucille M Cullen
Chilton, WI

 Lucille Marie (Mary) Cullen

Lucille M. (Groeschl) Cullen, age 92, Chilton, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 

Lucille was born February 28, 1928, in the Town of Stockbridge, Calumet County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Anton (Tony) and Veronica (Franzen) Groeschl. Lucille was one of six children. She grew up working on the family farm where she learned responsibility early by helping her parents, grandparents and uncles with farm chores, caring for her siblings and helping her mother in the kitchen. She learned the art of cooking, baking and sewing from her mother and her grandmother Mary Franzen.  

Lucille attended elementary school at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Jericho where she enjoyed art class and looked forward to helping her teacher with special art projects. She attended Chilton High School for two years where she played the bass horn in the band and enjoyed learning to sew in home economics class. She continued to help her parents on the farm until she married Jim and began raising a family. Lucille met the love of her life at a dance at Brothertown when Jim asked her to dance to the tune “The Blue Skirt Waltz”. She always remembered that special night and always cherished hearing that waltz. 

On November 27, 1945, Lucille married James H. Cullen Jr. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Jericho. They were married 47 years until the time of Jim’s death on May 6, 1993. They resided most of their married life in Hayton, Town of Charlestown, where they were members of St. Martin’s Catholic Church and where they raised six children. Lucille spent all of her married life raising, caring for and enjoying her family. 

Lucille worked part time at an area Mink Ranch in her earlier years and did babysitting for family and friends. Lucille enjoyed helping out whenever she could be of service. She was a former member of St. Martin’s Christian Mothers and of the Calumet Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Later in her career she provided administrative support for her husband’s career in meeting the needs of area farmers. In the twilight of her life Lucille was a prayer warrior for her family, always offering up prayers for her children, grandchildren and friends that may be going through rough times. 

God gave Lucille a loving and caring compassion for people and a special gift and love of cooking, especially desserts that she made for special occasions. She knew what everyone’s favorite dessert was and she enjoyed making them for their birthday or for holiday family get-togethers.  Lucille used her baking talents to make pies and desserts for area restaurants. Many times people enjoyed her pies so much that they would buy the whole pie to take home. She had a reputation for baking poppy seed cakes and tortes for funerals. People looked forward to her desserts and many times they were the first desserts consumed. 

Lucille was a dedicated and loving wife, a caring and compassionate mother and grandmother. She dearly loved all of her grandchildren and cherished every time she had an opportunity to visit with them, especially the little ones that brought her so much joy. Mom, you gave us so much to be thankful for. You were always there for us with your love, your caring and your prayers. You helped us through many rough times. You were the best mom and grandmother anyone could ask for. Thank you for your love and prayers and thank you for the wonderful food and desserts too! You are a beautiful person inside and out and will be greatly missed.   

Lucille was residing at Libby’s Assisted Living facility at the time of her death and was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, Chilton. 

Lucille is survived by her children Robert Cullen of Chilton & friend Sharon Verheyen; Thomas (Linda) Cullen of Chilton; Sarah Cullen-Skarda (Joe) Skarda of New Holstein; Judy (Scott) Van Den Broek of Freedom; James (Judy) Cullen of Kewaunee; 23 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; a sister Valeria Buechel of St. Joe; sister-in-laws Carol Groeschl of Chilton and Sandy (Tom) Miller of Fond du Lac.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband James H. Cullen, son Kenneth Cullen, daughter-in-laws Sue Cullen and Vita Cullen, granddaughter-in-law Debra Cullen, grandchildren Ryan Roberts and Cullen Scott Van Den Broek, great grandchild Lana Joy Leuthner and Jayda Kyleigh Miller, her parents Anton & Veronica (Franzen) Groeschl, her father and mother-in-law James & Julia (Boettcher) Cullen, her brothers Sylvester Groeschl ; Anthony Groeschl; Leon Groeschl; sister Eileen Groeschl;  sister-in-laws Magdalene Groeschl and Mary Groeschl; brother-in-law Clarence Buechel;  in-laws George and Mary Cullen;  Elmer and Doris (Cullen) Schmitz; Clarence and Bernice (Cullen) Schmitz; Art and Pearl (Cullen) Bruns.

Friends may call at the Wieting Funeral Home in Chilton from 9:00 am until 12:00 Noon on Friday, November 6, 2020.  

Burial will be at the St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery in the Town of Charlestown.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Libby’s Assisted Living and Heartland Hospice for the excellent care shown to mom. 
Our sympathy to Sarah, Judy and Family of Lucille. Thinking of you during this difficult time. The picture is how I remember her, always smiling. Cherish her memories.

Ann Konen - Nov. 9, 2020

Our deepest sympathies. May you find comfort and peace in the love and support of family & friends.

Rick & Mary Jo Weber family - Nov. 5, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the Cullen family. May God bless you during this difficult time. John & Gladys

John & Gladys Michels (friends ) - Nov. 5, 2020

Always had her arms out to greet and welcome me!
Praying for comfort, peace, and joyful memories for the family

Shirley Groeschl (Niece ) - Nov. 5, 2020

My heart goes out to my family, I am so sorry for your memories of Aunt Lucille was her love of life and her positive energy, Always laughing and talking! Her family was her focus in life? May we continue to keep her love of life alive through conversations and laughter!?

Eva Taylor (Family) - Nov. 5, 2020

First, our hearts go out to the entire Cullen family. Aunt Lucille was a fun loving person.
The Blue Skirt Waltz is one of our favorite songs and danced to it at our wedding 44 years ago. Dad always played it so well.
Her poppyseed torte was my husband's favorite. Pies! So many delicious pies.
Rest in peace, Aunt Lucille. May your family be comforted by all the great memories.
Syl and Linda

Syl and Linda Groeschl (Nephew and wife) - Nov. 5, 2020

Lucille aways looked forward to the yearly fruit bag from the Chilton optimist and ride through the delightfully Calumet light show at the fairgrounds in December & and the karaoke shows we put on for the residents at Libby’s House . She said she now knew What karaoke was and she really really enjoyed the shows we at mission karaoke did for her and the residents.
She will be so missed. Always enjoyed my visits with her

Don Knaus (Friend ) - Nov. 4, 2020

Lucille was a sweet person as a neighbor I knew her all my life and when I visited her at the nursing home she always remembered me. You will be missed by many . Prayers and Condolences to her family.

Kim (Friend) - Nov. 4, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of Lucille’s passing. She was a wonderful lady with a heart of gold. I’ll never forget our many conversations. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Amanda Heiberger - Nov. 4, 2020

Aunt Lucille, you were the easiest person to talk to, about everything. There was no way to not smile to listen to the olden days. All of my children thought you were so much fun...
I have no excuse for not coming to see you, am ashamed. Please know you left this world loved by all who got to be in your life.
Walk straight to heaven, the doors are wide open for you...all my love...Arlene

Arlene Stephany (Niece) - Nov. 4, 2020

Sarah, Joe, and family, I send you my sympathy for your loss. Peace and comfort to you!

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - Nov. 4, 2020

Lucille was my maid of honor when I married her young brother in aug 1958. God be with you my friend

Lois pruit - Nov. 4, 2020

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