Rachel Anne Cullen

November 3, 1972April 6, 2013

Rachel Anne Cullen

Rachel Anne Cullen (née Quadt) of Arlington, Virginia, died on April 6, 2013, three years after being diagnosed with breast cancer and five months after her 40th birthday. Rachel is survived by beloved husband, Paul D. Cullen, Jr., her children, Grace (10), Vera (8) and Peter Cullen (4), her loving mother and father, Jonna and Robert Quadt of Reston, VA, and siblings David and Michelle Quadt of Ashburn, VA, Andrea and Tim Williams of Annapolis, MD, and John and Kim Pryor of Boone, NC. Rachel was predeceased by her mother Suzanne Quadt in 1993. She leaves behind a legacy of love with her family and dear friends.

In 1990 Rachel was in the second graduating class to spend four years at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, competing for the school in both soccer and basketball. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1994, obtaining a double major in Psychology and French. Rachel spent her third year in college studying in Paris, France, where she developed a life long love affair with all things French. After graduating, Rachel returned to Paris for two years to teach English to French businessmen and to travel. She then returned home to work for several high-tech firms in the Northern Virginia area as a project manager.

Rachel and Paul met in 1997, and after a proposal at the top step of the west front of the U.S. Capitol, they married in 2000. Even in the busy years as a young mom, Rachel acted as president of the Mothers of North Arlington, and became a parenting counselor to teenage mothers for Borromeo Housing in Arlington, VA. She also made time to enjoy her love of reading, travel, community service, and friends and family.

She will be remembered for her easy smile and laugh and her ability to make a personal connection with each person she met. She had a strong faith, believing that, in the end, it is God’s love that is at the center of it all.

A wake will be held at the Murphy Funeral Home in Falls Church, VA, on Thursday, April 11, from 4 to 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Arlington, VA, on Friday, April 12, at 10:00 a.m.

Instead of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Borromeo Housing, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to help young single mothers to become responsible and self-sustaining members of our community.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2013

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Paul Mitsuyama

December 15, 2013

I knew Rachel at UVA, where we were both members of a community service organization. We had lost touch over the years, but I have never forgotten her generous smile, her exuberant laugh, and her ability to make you feel at ease - it was as if you had known her all your life.

The other thing I will always remember - Rachel was a great dancer. She had great rhythm, and could put the rest of us to shame. Just thinking about that makes me smile, which is something I'm certain she did for people all her life.

We'll miss you, Rachel.

The Gertig Family

April 23, 2013

Rachel, you were a good soul. Always kind and quick with a laugh. The world is poorer for your passing. We love you and we'll miss you.

Shirley Van Milder

April 15, 2013

Rachel and I were good friends in school. She has always held a special place in my heart. Listening to and reading what everyone has been saying about Rachel fills me with joy when I think about the amazing woman she had become. Surely there is a new angel with a dazzling smile looking upon us from heaven. That is comforting. We love you Rachel.

Al & Orna Behar

April 14, 2013

We met Rachel only twice but once was enought to fall in love with her because she made it so easy. Rest in peace my beautiful friend, you will not be forgotten.
Al & Orna Behar

Al & Orna Behar

April 14, 2013

We met Rachel only twice but once was enought to fall in love with her because she made it so easy. Rest in peace my beautiful friend, you will not be forgotten.
Al & Orna Behar

Kim McGraw Karl Pupke

April 14, 2013

Dear Paul, I am so sorry. Rachel was such a beautiful, kind and wonderful person. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Frank & Peggy McGillin

April 13, 2013

Bob, Paul, Jonna and Family,
we are deeply saddened by the passing of Rachel. She was a special person.

Margie Johnson

April 12, 2013

Many of us had the pleasure of enjoying Rachel's wonderful spirit when she worked at Acumen Solutions. She is remembered as always offering a smile and a positive outlook. Our hearts are so sad with news of her loss, and we will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. We will always smile when we think of her.

April 12, 2013

I met Rachel in Paris and keep many good souvenirs of her, I am really sad to learn that she's not there anymore and I wish her to rest in peace, I will never forget the moments we shared especially at "The violon Dingue" I especially think to your parents, husband and child and keep tke faith, she is still with you and wand you to be happy.
Anne(from France so excuse my english)

Manuel, Norma Roig

April 12, 2013

We met Rachel briefly when Peter had playmates with our grandson, Nico. She was a gracious, young woman and an obviously loving and devoted Mom. Our hearts are saddened by her passing and we are so sorry for your loss. Manuel & Norma Roig