Bridget Anne Cullen was a generous, loving, beautiful and fun-loving young soul. Everyone loved to be around Bridget. She was a selfless person that helped those less fortunate or just someone who needed kind understanding. She touched many people and she will never be forgotten. Our hearts are broken and we miss her dearly. We take comfort in memorializing her spirit in giving this scholarship to other girls to experience the “Mighty Mac” education that Bridget enjoyed dearly.
Bridget was extremely happy to attend Mother McAuley. She wrote in her essays to attend:
“The choice (transferring to Mother McAuley..) will have a huge impact on my future …as I know it’s the place for me.”
….”McAuley gives me many opportunities to show off the best of my abilities.”
“It (McAuley) is a very welcoming and comfortable environment that I will allow me to be successful.”
The impact Bridget has made in her brief life of 17 years was evident by the outpouring of heartfelt support for the family and friends she touched. Hundreds of fellow students participated in a vigil after learning of her death. The entire school body mourned her passing from memorial brick pavers to a beautiful mass. Her classmates commemorated her life, initiating fund raising activities in Bridget’s name. The McAuley student’s initiatives spread to all her friends and throughout the community. Mourners forged tight bonds to support each other during this sorrowful time.
While still mourning, friends and family marched in the Southside Irish Parade to keep Bridget’s spirit alive and raise awareness of the Bridget Anne Cullen Memorial Scholarship.
Bridget cherished spending time with her friends and her family. She cherished her friendships from pre-school to her senior year.
She was adored by her older siblings, Kaitlyn and Michael.
Kaitlyn loved doing her hair and make-up for dances.
Bridget’s parents, Anne & Mike, of course are very proud of Bridget and so is her extended family. Bridget brought great joy and admiration by those around her. She was a great athlete who played volleyball, basketball, pitched a perfect game in softball and pretty much beat every boy at St. Cajetan grammar school in a foot race.
Most of all, Bridget was an avid animal lover. She enjoyed EVERY day she was privileged to work at Pawsitively Heaven in Chicago Ridge.
One of Bridget’s last tasks before she passed was editing her college scholarship essay. She wrote,
“I take part in many extracurricular activities and have had many work experiences, but the one most important to me is my job at Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort. It is a place where people can take their dogs or cats while they go away or even just for doggy daycare. Most people complain when they have to go to work, but it makes my day when I walk into the doors of Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort. The biggest reason I enjoy my job so much is because I absolutely love animals. This job allows me to get personal time with each pet there. I treat each pet like my own and never slack with my work. I’m so lucky to have been hired because it is such a perfect job for me.”
Pawsitively Heaven has memorialized Bridget’s spirit by presenting an employee of the year award annually in her name.
Bridget was blessed with many dear, close friends and a community that continues to show support to her family. As her 3rd anniversary approaches, we embrace the opportunity to celebrate Bridget’s life with all the past, current and future friends that want to continue to pay tribute, perpetuating the scholarship in her name. From Bridget’s infectious laugh to charming smile, we enjoyed our time together with her. We appreciate your continued support so she will never be forgotten.
Let us all cherish our time together here on this blessed earth and find healing in our memories of our passed loved ones.
“They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are.” Saint John Chrysostom