Elsa Frances Cullen

December 25, 1934 ‒ November 06, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

Lexington: Elsa Frances Cullen of Lexington passed on Friday, November 6, 2020, at the age of 85 at her daughter’s home in North Ridgeville, with family by her side.

Elsa was born on Christmas Day 1934. Elsa was a graduate of Lexington High School in 1953 and was a resident her entire life.  On August 29, 1953, Elsa married Paul “P.J.” Cullen with whom she celebrated nearly 56 years of marriage before he passed July 18, 2009. Elsa was the last surviving of five children born to Michael & Magdelena (Betz) Gerich. She was preceded in death by her sister Helen Miller, Ann (Robert) Hock, Alvin (Lucille) Gerich, and Richard Gerich; a daughter Paula Jo and granddaughter Stephanie Wright.

Her career included working at St Peters School in the cafeteria, Mr. Bolt and Fastener House. Elsa was the first sacristan at Resurrection Parish in Lexington, and later attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellville.

Elsa had strong family values and took pride in raising her four children and involving herself in their scholastic, athletic, and spiritual lives Those values and pride continued on thru her grandchildrens’ lives. Elsa was Lexington’s Library’s best customer, loved quilting, and an avid Cleveland Indians fan.

She is survived by three daughters and one son: Debra (Brian) Sell of Bowling Green; Mark (Terri) Cullen of Lexington; Stacy (Jeff) Wright of Bellville; and Amy Cullen of North Ridgeville.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Abigail and Nathan Sell; Dana (Logan) Henry, Aaron, and Spencer Cullen; Jennifer (Matt) McGuire and Danielle Wright; as well as two great grandchildren Callie and Emery Henry.

Private graveside services will be conducted at Mansfield Cemetery, officiated by Pastor Tim Davis of Newville Church.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Elsa’s family and encourage you to share a memory at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.  Donations to the Hospice of the Western Reserve at https://p2p.onecause.com/hwr/donate would honor Elsa’s exemplary care by all of the caregivers at the Western Reserve Hospice.

  • What a grand lady she was! She was so kind and rather mischievous as well. I am so thankful that when I married into the family, she became a wonderful part of my life. She will be miss and always thought of with much love! I pray for God’s peace and comfort for our entire family, especially her immediate family.
    Rick and I love you all.

  • Stacy, Jeff and family, I enjoyed seeing your Mother at church, always a friendly smile and such a nice lady.. I extend my sincere, sympathy to all of you with many blessings.



  • My sympathy to Elsa’s family as I know they will miss her.

    She was a wonderful friend for many, many years.

    Sue Sowers Anstaett

  • Deepest condolences to Elsa’s entire family. May the prayers and love of friends and family help you through the sorrow of your loss.
    All our love, the Vincents

  • Our deepest condolences to the family. She was a wonderful person. She always had a smile on her face. She & Paul raised 4wonderful children!! She will be missed. Our thoughts & prayers to the family. The Ryan family: Betty, Chuck, Bob, Kim (Baker), Rick, & Mary (Gentille)

  • Our sympathy and prayers to the family. Elsa was a wonderful friend and neighbor. , and truly a special lady. Always had a smile and made you laugh. She will be missed. 🙏❤️

  • Spencer and Cullen Family – So very sorry for the loss of your grandmother Elsa. Thoughts and condolences to the whole family. I hope you may find comfort in celebrating her fantastic life and all the joy she brought to the Cullen family.

    – Sam Givens & the Bridgestone Team

  • When you were around Aunt Elsie you always felt at home. I always felt a sense of peace when I was in her home. I remember how her and Uncle Paul did puzzles together. I thought that was so cool. She was the happiest when she was with her kids and grandchildren. You will be missed. Love to you all. Cathy

  • Dear Cullen family, my deepest condolences to you. I have so many wonderful memories of your family and being at your home while growing up in Lexington. Your Mother was always so kind and welcoming. I pray for peace and strength as you go through this very tough time. May God bless you.

  • So sorry for your loss,Stacy,Amy,Mark,and Deb.Although its been many year since we were neighbors I have very fond memories of you all.Your Mom was one of a kind and will be with you all in spirit.
    Barb Ritchie Keller

    • Thank you so much Barb
      She so loved your family -especially all the teasing and tricks. I hope all is well with you, Stephanie, and Mark.

      Deb Cullen Sell

  • In the summer of 1977 I took up residence at 157 Hanover Rd., next door to PJ and Elsa. They were such awesome neighbors, and we shared SO many wonderful interactive times together! In recent years, (having moved out of the “hood” in 1985) it has been a joy and blessing to reconnect and renew a sweet relationship with “Neighbor Elsa”! I shall greatly miss our visits, but I DO have a couple of her lovely handiwork quilts to remind me what a special friend she has been to me! With love and condolences to Deb, Mark, Stacy, & Amy, and families—Nancy Krieger

  • May God comfort you in your grief.
    Elsa was one of those persons who brightened everyone with her cheerful upbeat presence. She was a gift and a joy to know.
    May the faith that sustained her sustain you.
    Pastor Doug Pretorius