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March 24, 1920 - November 1, 2020

Virtual Celebration

Collage by Sue Pullen

The Virtual Celebration of Life for 

Sue Pullen

from Sunday, December 13, 2020



Suzanne (Sue) Pullen, 100, of Roswell, GA., formally of New Smyrna Beach, FL., LaGrange, IL., and Beulah, MI. died peacefully on November 1st.


Proceeded in death by her husband, Leon Pullen, her son, John Gehlmann, and first husband, Frederick Gehlmann. Survived by her daughters Sara Julsrud (Chris), Nancy Pullen, Debby Laslo (Mike), Ann Abrahamson (Gary), and Barb Gieske (Chuck). Grandmother to 17 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, 14 nieces and nephews and their children.


A woman of many talents, Sue enjoyed painting, jigsaw puzzles, dominos, bridge, opera, golf, tennis, and organizing social get-togethers.


Sue and Leon were avid travelers. They made it to 6 of the 7 continents and many of the countries in the world.


Always the life of the party, Sue encouraged family and friends to enjoy each other at social get-togethers with her mantra “mingle mingle mingle”

Ode to Our Mother

by: Nancy Pullen

We are the daughters of the mighty Suzanne Brown Gehlmann Pullen 

  • She who married two fine men and was a determined family woman, who blended two families 

  • She who spent her first summer married blending us kids into a family up at the cottage  on Crystal Lake 

  • She who, at one time, had six children above the age of 60,  

  • She who gave many memorable Christmas day family parties - HoHoHo – She was quite an accomplished artist and craft person, with hand made cards and  paintings. 

  • She will be remembered for her jubilant presence in all of our lives 


We are the daughters of “the hostess with the mostest”. We learned many things  from her about entertaining. She taught us: 

  • to be a gracious host for others, and making sure all who attended feel welcome – to be organized and plan ahead, with making some food in advance (with time to repair the  burned ones) 

  • to make a pretty table and how to dress with bizazz….with color or a statement, i.e.  “sparky”. 

  • and to mingle, mingle, mingle 


We are the daughters (and son,John) of the mother Sue Pullen. She taught us: 

  • how to be generous, inclusive and truthful 

  • how to be thrifty, save, and invest wisely 

  • how to be cultured by taking us to musicals, plays, operas and travel – how to be good conversationalists, with her current events a must at our dinners, (or we  wash dishes) 

  • how to enjoy life, people, and the world around us 


We are the daughters of our fun loving mother, who taught us to play and laugh  together.  

We learned:  

  • to be playful and joke around 

  • to play games at parties and at home, or the cottage 

  • to rake the beach at Crystal Lake for erasing demerits 

  • to play table games, even bridge, and lawn games 

  • and even to march to her beloved band music


We are the daughters of the many faceted Sue Brown Gehlmann Pullen:   Sara, Nancy, Debby, Ann, and Barb 

  • We learned so much from her on how to live a full life. 

  • And now…. Now, we grieve . . . .  

  • And yet carry her teachings and her essence with us. 

  • We will carry on, with joy, in time, . . . . as she taught us.

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In lieu of flowers

Contributions in Sue’s name can be made to support the

Met Opera Broadcasts

Lincoln Center 

New York, NY 10023. 

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