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Mary Ellen Tulipana

April 9, 1946 — February 9, 2024

Mary Ellen Tulipana, age 77, of Taylorville, Illinois passed away on February 9, 2024 after a long and full life. She was very loved and will be missed terribly.

Mary was born on April 9, 1946, in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of James Carnes and Mary (Pfieffer) Carnes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Tulipana; her parents; brother, Jerry Carnes; and granddaughter, Breanna Sklenka.

Mary is survived by her son, Brian (Michelle) Sklenka Sr. of Taylorville, Ill.; daughter, Kimberly Tulipana of Overland Park, Kansas; sister, Cathy (Mike Sr.) Hostick of Plano, Texas; sister-in-law, Pat Carnes of Morehead City, North Carolina; grandchildren, Bryan, Alex, Cassi,
Brett, Robert, Kalin, Tyler, Alaina, and Maryn; 5 great-great grandchildren; 7 nieces; and 1 nephew.

As per Maryís request, no funeral or memorial service will be held. Memorial contributions in Mary’s memory are suggested to: Alzheimer’s Association, 2309 W. White Oaks Dr. #E, Springfield, Ill. 62704. The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with ceremonies.

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