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Johanna E. (Shivone) Cullen

December 8, 1924 – December 16, 2014

Johanna E. (Shivone) Cullen, age 90, of West Chester, PA and formerly of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.

Born in Wilmington, DE on December 8, 1924, Johanna was a daughter of the late Louis Shivone and Johanna E. (Marazzi) Shivone. She was a talented homemaker and loving mother who devoted her life to caring for her family.

Fondly known by all as “the cookie lady,” Johanna adored baking. She delighted in sharing the many delicious treats she created with family and friends and with her fellow residents at the Sacred Heart Village. Johanna was happiest in the company of her loved ones, especially her grandchildren whom she adored.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frederick Baines Cullen, daughters, Linda McClain, Gail Downey and Colleen Morris and 3 brothers, Louis, Francis and Richard Shivone. Johanna is survived by her children, Frederick B. Cullen of PA, Joanne Friedel of DE, Cheryl Vasillo (Joseph M.) of PA and Susan Lloyd of DE; sisters, Elaine Shivone of DE, Laura Wise of PA, Pat Ciccarelli of DE, Thelma Baumback of OR and Anita Brindle of DE; brother, Ralph Shivone of DE; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, December 19, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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  1. Francis Shivone, December 16, 2014

    Thank you Aunt Johanna and Uncle Freddy for the memory of the hot summer days spent swimming in your pool. Your kindness and generosity will always be remembered.

    Requiescat in pace.

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  2. John and Maliya Piergalline, December 17, 2014

    Cheryl and Joe, we send our heartfelt condolences. We enjoyed meeting Johanna and getting to know her at parties at your house. Her cheesescake and cookies were the best. She was a kind and gentle person. May she rest in peace.

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  3. Johane Cherico, December 17, 2014

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Johanna’s family. She was a wonderful lady and certainly a gifted baker. But her baking was so much more. At Sacred Heart Village, her baking brought people together and helped to create a sense of community. She is dearly loved at Sacred Heart Village and will be deeply missed. I will always remember her kindness and generosity.

    Johane Cherico

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  4. Dolores Shivone Donovan, December 18, 2014

    Dearest family, I am saddened by the passing of Johanna. She was such a wonderful influence in my life as I was growing up. My memories are full of love for her and all of you. We will not be able to make the trip from North Carolina to be with you all tomorrow but know that our thoughts and love are with you. (Aunt) Dolores

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  5. Patti Remedio, December 20, 2014

    Aunt Johanna was a wonderful loving woman that was always smiling. She was always happy to see family and could not wait to feed you!! Her “cookies” are infamous. My fondest childhood memories are spending afternoons swimming and enjoying the Cullen hospitality. My sincere condolences to her family, she will be sorely missed.

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  6. Annie Remley (Harris), December 21, 2014

    Dear Family, I have the best memories of “Aunt” Johanna from when I worked at the Cantina behind the bar. She was such a loving and warm person and the BEST cook in the world. For those of us who worked on Sundays we would all come in early because she ALWAYS served us the finest meal with all the trimmings before we started our shifts. We had a true sense of family as we all joined at the table and discussed just about everything (ok, we also did a little gossiping about those who weren’t present, haha) as we enjoyed the finest meals in the world. She was so gracious, and beautiful inside and out, and how did she stay so damn thin??? I just adored her! So sorry she had Alzheimers, I did not know. My father passed away from complications of Alzheimers and I can imagine the suffering her own family went through. I will always cherish her memory. All my sympathy, Annie Remley ( now Harris)

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  7. Tiffany Lawson, December 22, 2014

    I miss you aunt Johanna , you made the best damn cookies ever!! I love you.

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