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Noreen Curulewski

November 24, 1919 April 2, 2016
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Noreen Curulewski, nee Krohn, 96, of Vacaville, California, formerly of Deerfield and McHenry, Illinois, passed away on April 2, 2016. The daughter of Frederick Krohn and Elizabeth Burke, she was born in Ringwood, Illinois in 1919.

Noreen contributed to the 1940’s war effort by working at the Douglas Aircraft Company in Chicago as a real-life “Rosie the Riveter.” She was a crane operator and served on the production line of military airplane parts while her husband, Francis T. (Coke), served in the U.S. Army. She continued to demonstrate her resolve and dedication throughout her life. Noreen worked at the Deerfield Public Library for 19 years eventually becoming Head of Circulation. In the late 1980’s Noreen and her husband moved to California, where she served as the bookkeeper in the law office of her daughter, Pamela, for 26 years. She worked every day until her recent hospitalization.

Noreen is survived by daughters, Sharon Murray (James T., deceased) of Wilmette, Illinois and Pamela C. Jackson of Vacaville, California. She is also survived by her brother Patrick Krohn (Marcia) of Northfield, Illinois; grandchildren Kristen Endre of Northfield, Illinois, Kara Murray of Chicago, Illinois and Griffin Murray (Heather) of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and great-grandchildren Conor Endre, Brendan Endre, Emma Murray and Charlotte Murray, as well as many nieces and nephews. Her brother, Frederick Krohn (Alice) and sisters Donna Belle Glosson (Elmer) and Charlene O’Leary (Leonard) preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at McCune Garden Chapel at 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 9, 2016. A memorial service will be held in Chicago at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Newfoundland Health & Rescue, Inc., 5514 Greenridge Road, Castro Valley, California 94552 or Angelman Syndrome Foundation, 75 Executive Drive, Suite 327, Aurora, Illinois, 60504 (

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1:00 PM 4/9/2016 1:00:00 PM
McCune Garden Chapel

212 Main St.
Vacaville, CA 95688

McCune Garden Chapel
212 Main St. Vacaville 95688 CA
United States

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