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September 1, 2011

Mary Margaret Cullen-Edsall, 84, of Forest City, PA, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2011, at the Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale, PA. She is the wife of the late Charles Edsall, who died in 1968.

Born in New York City, she is the daughter of the late James and Martha Kanetzke Cullen. Mary was raised in Narrowsburg, NY and graduated from Narrowsburg Central School. She worked for the war department in NYC during WWII. A housewife and mother, Mary and her husband raised their family in Honesdale, PA. She was also an office manager at Cove Haven and later at Garring’s until retiring. Mary was passionate about cross-stitching, and enjoyed the company of her companion, Stanley, who was a very dear friend and became an excellent caretaker.

She is survived by her companion, Stanley Besset, with whom she resided; a daughter, Elisabeth Mansell and husband Dennis Sr. of Gatlinburg, TN; a brother, John Cullen of Syracuse,NY; a sister, Frances Pickering and husband Lohr of Cumming, GA; grandchildren Dennis Mansell Jr. and wife Stacie and Donald Mansell; two great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her son, Corporal James Edsall, U.S. Marine Corps, killed in Vietnam in 1968; and a sister, Margaret (Peg) and her husband Wesley Perry.

As per her request, cremation was held at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory, Archbald, PA. A private service will be held at the family’s convenience. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr., Honesdale, PA. 18431.

Arrangements by Hessling Funeral Home Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale, PA 18431.

Condolences may be made at hesslingfuneralhome.com.