Aug 17, 1937---Jul 20, 2022

Helen Charlene Cukjati, 84, died peacefully on July 20th in San Antonio, Texas after a long illness.  Charlene as her friends called her was born in Kansas City, Kansas on August 17, 1937.  She was the daughter of the late John P. Lillig, III and Gertrude Lillig of Kansas City, KS. She is preceded in death by her older brothers Jack and Jim.

Charlene is survived by her four children.  Her son Joe and his wife Andrea of San Antonio, Tx, her daughter Julie and her favorite son-in law Billy Faulkner of Rowlett, Texas, and her twin sons Curt of San Antonio, and Chris and his wife Susan also of San Antonio.  She also leaves 12 beautiful grandchildren, Jessica, Chelsea, Joseph, Charlotte, Zachary, Nicholas, Jacob, Tanner, Isabella, Katrina, Rachel, and Jackson, and five great grandchildren, Brody, Ava, Benson, Aubrey, and Olivia.  Her nephew Mike and her niece Colleen, as well as numerous friends she has had the pleasure of knowing. 

Charlene graduated from Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City then went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Kansas State University.  After college she married and moved to North Carolina where she taught school, primarily 2nd grade.  After having two children, they moved to Wichita, Kansas, then finally settled in Irving, Texas raising her four children.

Charlene went on to work as Ticket Agent for Eastern Airlines, an Executive Secretary for Southwestern Bell,  owned her own Secretarial Service for numerous years, and ultimately retired from the Irving School District after 10 years as a Clinical Assistant. 

Her joy in life was her children, grandchildren, seeing her girlfriends on Friday nights, and quilting.  She will be missed by so many. 

Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM, Thursday, July 28, 2022 at the Porter Funeral Home, 1835 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS.  Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM Friday, July 29, 2022 at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 416 North 14th Street, Kansas City, KS.  Burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.



Condolences

Connie Faulkner Jul 23 ,2022

My Condolences for the loss of your Mom. Hugs and Prayers sent!

John Cukjati Jul 24 ,2022

Nephew ,Hutchinson ,Kansas

To Julie, Joe Jr., Chris, Kurt & Helen's family my deepest condolences on the passing of your mom/my Aunt. She was a wonderful lady that will greatly be missed.

Linda Lillig Leggio Jul 24 ,2022

Cousin ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I am so sorry for your loss I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I remember Charlene from years ago as a very sweet young lady and from her obituary she sounds like she has many many friends and will be sadly missed. Linda

Leslie Garza Jul 24 ,2022

friend ,Flower Mound ,Texas

Heaven gained a beautiful soul. Charlene was not only my mother's best friend, but she was my 2nd mother. We'll miss everything about her. All of our love to the Cukjati family. Emmaline, Leslie and Raul

Danny & Debbie Faulkner Jul 25 ,2022

Friend/family ,Rowlett ,Texas

Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Love y’all

Sylvia Rodarte Jul 26 ,2022

Friend ,Boerne ,Texas

Joe/Chris, My heart and prayers are with you and your families. I'm so sorry about your Mom and I'm sending you both lots of hugs! Sylvia

Cliff -Karla Harness Jul 27 ,2022

Family ,Liberty ,Missouri

We are so sorry for your loss. Charlene was such a loving and caring person. We are so blessed to have known her.

Yvette Jul 27 ,2022

Colleague of Julie ,Dallas ,Texas

So sorry for you loss. Sending prayers for the family.

Colette Campagna Jul 27 ,2022

Colleague ,Dallas ,Texas

I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Shivali Nangia Jul 31 ,2022

My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May she rest in peace!

Services

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
1835 Minnesota Avenue
City:
Kansas City
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66102
Date:
Jul 28 ,2022
Time:
5:00 PM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Cathedral of St. Peter
Address:
416 North 14th Street
City:
Kansas City
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66102
Date:
Jul 29 ,2022
Time:
10:00 AM
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