In Memoriam -- Mary Jo Posnak Hulen (T-14)
March 20, 1945 - May 21, 2016
Mary Josephine Hulen
Mary was born on March 20, 1945 and passed away on Saturday, May 21,
a resident of Plano, Texas at the time of her passing.
She attended Hauppauge High School NY; Bachelor of Science
from Hofstra University NY; Master in Education from University of Kansas
KS; Masters in English as a Second Language ESL from University of Metro
She was married to Paul.
Memorial Services will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church
PCA Plano TX Friday May 27 2016 at 10:00 am and South Suburban Christian
Church Littleton CO Friday June 10 2016 at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be
made in her memory to Trinity Presbyterian Church PCA Plano TX towards the
missions or ESL English as a Second Language ministries.
I met Mary Jo in 1982 when we first moved to Jakarta, Indonesia. For a
culture shocked Oklahoma girl who’d barely been out of the state, she
welcomed me and took me under her wing, showing me where to shop, the ins
and outs of living there, and all the city had to offer. We became fast
friends from that day and remained that until the very end. She came to
visit no matter where we lived until her illness finally prevented it.
Here’s to you Mary Jo, a lover of life, cultures, travel, languages and
especially people. She was a stranger to no person, could find something
positive in everything. Even as her long illness took away her ability to do
the things we all take for granted, she still found something to be thankful
for. You will be missed my dear joyful friend. Rest in peace.
-- Karen Smith
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Thanks so much for forwarding this information about the passing of Mary
Jo. I, too, have many fond memories of her during our time in Turkey. I
remember one particular event with brings a smile to my face! One evening
Mary Jo and I went to the NATO hospital in Izmir because Mary Jo had not
been feeling well. As it happens the corpsman, Jim Petrulli, (that I would
eventually marry) was working the front desk. He was very kind and helpful
getting Mary Jo the help she needed, however, he later told me that he
decided to ask me out because "Mary Jo was too sick"!! What a way to begin
a relationship but I guess I really have her to thank!! When the three of
us would get together he would fondly tease her by calling her "Mary Jo
Zonguldak" in honor of the town in which she served. She was indeed a
wonderful friend and very caring lady and, though we did stay connected
through the years, I thought of her often and thank her again for the part
she played in bringing my husband and I together!! Be with the angels, dear
lady. Kathleen Petrulli
Mary Josphine (nickname - Mary Jo)
March 20, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY and passed away on May 21, 2016 in Plano,
Mother, Caring Grandmother, Beloved sister and Friend. Attended
Hauppauge High School, NY; Bachelor of Science from Hofstra University, NY;
Master in Education from University of Kansas, KS; Masters in English as a
Second Language (ESL) from University of Metro Denver, Co. Teacher in
Education, Media Specialist and ESL, retiring from East Elementary in
Littleton, CO. Volunteer accomplishments include Peace Corps in
Turkey, and childrens' orphanage in Jakarta, Indonesia. Love of books
and travel, multi-lingual in six languages.
by her family, friends and her church. Member of the congregation at
South Suburban Christian Church, Littleton, CO (1979-2011); and Trinity
Presbyterian Church, Plano, TX (2011-2016). Preceded in death by Paul
Hulen, husband; Mary Posnak, mother, and Alexander Posnak, father.
by Keri Olson, daughter; Kevin Hulen, son; Keith Hulen, son; and seven
services held at Trinity Presbyterian Church PCA, Plano, TX, Friday May 27,
2016 at 10:00 am and South Suburban Christian Church, Littleton, CO, Friday,
Jun 10, 2016 at 11:00 am.
commemorative plaque has been placed in Celebration of the Life of Mary Jo
Hulen at Mission Nombre De Dios, Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, St.
Augustine, FL 32084.
of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in her memory to
Trinity Presbyterian Church PCA (Plano, TX) towards the missions or ESL
(English as a Second Language) ministries.
-- from: http://www.ariacremation.com/obituary/10032