Thomas Joseph Kula, age 90, formerly of Gaylord, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016.
He was born in Detroit to Joseph A. and Clara (Orzel) Kula on February 10, 1926. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a radioman and gunner aboard dive bombers. He worked as a casualty underwriter for various companies, retiring from Citizens/Hanover Insurance Company in January 1991.
Thomas loved to bowl, go fishing and hunting and playing cards. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 50 years and was a member of the infamous hunting club “The Archers.”
He married the love of his life, Alice Kuczborski, on April 22, 1950 and spent 63 wonderful years with her before her death in May 2013. He is survived by his children Karen (Gary) Plucinski of Williamsburg and Greg Kula (Marianne Coleman) of Cheboygan; his beloved grandchildren Jaime (Dave) Castle, Meghan (Travis) Clous, and Kelly Plucinski (Miguel Amodio); and his five great-grandchildren Allison, Jacob, Keira, Will and Mason. Tom is also survived by his twin sister, Mary Ann Stevens, who was born minutes before him, because as Tom always said, “Ladies first!”
Tom will be sorely missed by his family and friends. He will be remembered for his strong Catholic faith, his devotion to his family and his passion for life itself.
Tom’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the devoted staff members of Samaritas Senior Living and Heartland Hospice for their compassionate and loving care over the past few years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 11 AM from St. Mary Cathedral. Visitation will be held at the Cathedral on Monday, November 14, 2016 from 10 AM until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Mary Cathedral through the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734. Or to the charity of one’s choice.
To the family of Tommie Kula. We cannot express the sadness we feel for the loss of this man. Your mom and dad were the most gentle and fun loving couple that we had the pleasure of knowing for many years. Know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. With Love.