Joyce Kulka

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Joyce Elaine (Wagner) Kulka, age 84, died in Mansfield from kidney disease after a difficult year with dementia on Sunday, September 5, 2021. As a believer in Jesus, she is no longer confused and with Him in Heaven, reunited with her parents and siblings.

Joyce Wagner was born on September 1, 1937, in Richland County the daughter of Edwin and Flora (Shuler) Wagner and lived all of her life in the area. She was a 1955 graduate of Lexington High School and went on to attend Columbus Beauty School.

On a train excursion to New York City, Joyce’s luggage was mixed up with another set marked Wagner… and his travelling companion was Richard Paul Kulka. A dinner invitation was quickly extended, and Dick made the “easiest decision of his life” to marry her five months later on January 16, 1960. She dedicated her life to creating a loving home for her husband and children.

Joyce was a member of Saint Peter’s Catholic Church in Mansfield where she was active with Stephen Ministries and the funeral committee. She was also a member of the Mansfield Christian Women’s Club and at one time served as chairwoman.

Joyce was funny, charming, kind, and thoughtful. She was a gifted conversationalist and others found it a joy to speak with her. Her “get things done” attitude showed in all areas of her life. Joyce enjoyed sewing and she was an excellent seamstress. She loved cooking and baking. Her organizational and creative skills made her a wonderful hostess—especially around the holidays. Her grandchildren looked forward to all the cookies and treats she would have on hand for their visits and as they were older, the college care packages. Each year she made them Halloween costumes and dresses for every holiday and special occasion. Joyce’s children fondly remember all their homemade clothing and pajamas she made for them as children and even as adults. Her sewing talents extended beyond clothing to everything from home décor to doll clothes and even air conditioning covers! She will be remembered for her servant’s heart and will be dearly missed by her family & friends.

She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years Richard P. Kulka of Mansfield; children Elaine A. & Terry Ruhlen of Mansfield, David R. & Carla Kulka of Burns, TN, and Lora C. & Jim Baumann of Janesville, WI; five grandchildren Katie Roller (David) of Ontario, Anna Shay (Gerard) of Lancaster, Clara Gillett (Adonis) of Independence, MO, Amelia Baumann of Kansas City, MO, and Will Baumann of Grand Rapids, MI; four great-grandchildren Jack, Vivian, Lucy, and Thea “Birdie”; sister-in-law Leota Wagner of Akron; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her brother Carl Wagner and her sister Donna Jean (Albert) Hollomon. Also preceded in death are in-laws John & Dorothy Kulka, brother-in-law Robert Kulka and sisters-in-law Marcelle Kulka and Diane Kulka.

The Kulka family will receive friends 4:00 to 7:00 PM Monday, September 13, 2021, at Snyder Funeral Home, Lexington Avenue Chapel (2553 Lexington Ave. in Mansfield) where a vigil service will begin at 7:00 PM. The following day, a funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church (60 S Mulberry St in Mansfield) by Reverend Father John Miller. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association (2131 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, OH 44906) or brought to her services. Online donations can be made here.

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