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Obituary: Culp, Vieno Esther

Tue., July 9, 2013, midnight

Age 90

CULP, Vieno Esther (Age 90) Of Rochester, MN., died Saturday (June 29, 2013) at her home.

Vieno Esther Culp was born January 12, 1923 in Duluth, MN to Isaac (Katajamaki) Hill and Ester (Wallio) Hill.

She graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1940.

From 1940-1941 she attended the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.

In fall of 1941, Vieno was old enough to be accepted into the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, MN.

After graduation in 1944 as a RN, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps with basic training at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Her assignment after basic, was at Schick Army Hospital in Clinton, Iowa.

Here she met and married Dr. Clyde E. Culp.

During Clyde’s tour of duty in the Pacific, Vieno returned to Duluth and worked as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Upon his return, the couple lived in Moscow, Idaho from 1947-1958, when they moved to Rochester, MN so her husband could further his medical training in the Mayo Graduate Fellowship Program.

Subsequently, Clyde was asked to join the Mayo Clinic Staff in 1962.

Upon retirement, they sp lit their time between their Mississippi River home near Wabasha and Gold Canyon, AZ.

In 2000, they returned to reside in Rochester.

Vieno remained active in the Kahler School of Nursing Alumni Association, serving as President in 1968-1969.

She also became very active in the Minnesota Medical Association Alliance, serving as President in 1976-1977.

During this term, one of her accomplishments was the distribution of two thousand Heimlich maneuver posters throughout Minnesota.

She also served on the Salvation Army Board and was member of P.E.O., Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde, two daughters, Cathy (Bill) Stecker of Hillsboro, NC and Christine, PH.D. of Spokane, WA, son, Kurt (Jill) of Rochester, daughter-in-law, Cathy Diessner Culp of Temple, Texas; fourteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her son, Kim S. Culp, M.D.

Vieno loved being a wife, mother and her husband’s best friend.

She also became an accomplished artist with water colors, pastels and pencil.

Memorials are preferred to the Methodist-Kahler Nursing Alumni Association.

Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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