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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, 2016. Mary was 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 Denver CO.

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.

   from: www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Mary-Josephine-Hulen-103646640

From Facebook:

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

Karen Smith's photo.

 Karen Smith's photo.

Karen Smith's photo.

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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

Another obituary:

Hulen, Mary Josphine (nickname - Mary Jo)

Born March 20, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY and passed away on May 21, 2016 in Plano, Texas.

Loving 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.

Beloved 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.

Survived by Keri Olson, daughter; Kevin Hulen, son; Keith Hulen, son; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial 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.

A 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.

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.
                       
    -- from: http://www.ariacremation.com/obituary/10032