Joyce Kulka

September 01, 1937 ‒ September 05, 2021

Mansfield, Ohio

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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  • Elaine and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your moms passing. I know all too well what a horrible battle she and all of the family has gone through. My thoughts go out to your beautiful family.

  • My heart breaks to hear this beautiful lady has ended her days on this earth. But praise God you have a “special” angel!
    Dick, Elaine, David, Lora, and all the family, please know my thoughts and memories are with you all.
    Mike and I were so blessed to have you as our neighbors and close friends for so many years.

  • Uncle Dick,
    What a blessing to have Aunt Joyce in my life. I treasure our many conversations, meals, holidays and activities together. She taught me much about love and life. She once told me I would always be family and I feel the same about her. There are many reminders of her around my home, including a crayon costume, a pilgrim costume, seasonal vests and photos of her holding and loving my boys. I miss her laugh. It was so infectious. I’m sorry for your loss. You had a great love and life together and one day you will be reunited. Praying for peace.
    Love, Bridget Hollomon

    Wade, Zane and I made a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in Aunt Joyce’s name. (I’m not sure if you would be made aware of this.)

  • To the Baumann and Kulka family, years pass by so swiftly. In reminiscence of days gone by, I always felt welcomed in your home because of Joyce (a.k.a Mrs. Kulka to me). Her warm spirit, laughter and cookies were so inviting. There was no doubt of her devotion to her family and her Lord. May God bless you all with comfort and the treasure of precious memories left behind.

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