Mary J. Cullen, 97, Black River

BLACK RIVER, NY —  Mary Jane Cullen, 97, of 146 W. Remington St., Black River, passed away peacefully on Oct. 9, 2019, at the Samaritan Medical Center.

Born Dec. 22, 1921, in Black River, NY, daughter of the late Harley Carney and Helen Crain, she attended Black River High School.

She married Robert J. Cullen on Dec. 21, 1940, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Black River.

Mrs. Cullen was a homemaker, she was an amazing cook, enjoyed making pies, and playing golf.

She was also a former member of the Jesus’ Lord Prayer Group at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, a communicate at St. Paul’s Catholic Church and was a member of the choir.

Mr. Cullen was the Mayor of Black River for 18 years, she and her husband were married for 62 years.  He passed away Sept. 2, 2002.

Among her survivors are her two sons and their wives, John H. and Joy Cullen, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, Robert J. and Margaret Cullen Jr., Henderson, a daughter and son in law, Colleen C. and Richard Doubleday, Watertown, four sisters, Alice Filiatrault, Carthage, Christine Dye Black River, Frances Amirault, Black River, Shirley Cross, Rutland Hollow, five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, Brittany, Mariah, Kayte, Maddie and Lily; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, five sisters, Grace Pandy, Sally Pelkey, Marion Hrabchak, Blanche Bender and Nancy Briant, all predeceased her.

Arrangements are with the Bruce Funeral Home. There will be no calling hours.

A funeral Mass will be said 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in the Black River Cemetery.

Donations may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

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