In loving memory of

Judith Ann Kulas
April 6, 1941 - September 18, 2020

Judith A. Kulas, age 79, of Rochester, MN passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

Judith Ann Kulas was born April 6, 1941 in Faribault, MN the daughter of Arnold and Cecelia (Donkers) Reuvers. She graduated high school from Bethlehem Academy in Faribault and earned her RN degree at St. Mary's School of Nursing. On May 5, 1962, she married Marvin Kulas in Faribault. She was employed as a registered nurse for St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester for 30 years. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Catholic Aid Association. She enjoyed playing bridge, baking, gardening, needlework, yard work and puzzles.

She is survived by her children, Gary (Daiva) Kulas of Rochester, MN, Mark Kulas of Bloomington, MN, Nina (Paul Olson) Kulas of Kenmore, WA and Lori Kulas of West Jordan, UT; granddaughter, McKenna Franchik; brothers, Harold (Arlene) Reuvers of Plainfield, IL and Jack (Nancy) Reuvers of Owatonna; sister, Virginia Tkach of California.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, parents and brother, Dave Reuvers.

Judy would have loved for all her friends and family to attend her service but due to the pandemic the family is having a private service to honor her life on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN. Inurnment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Kulas family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit


Roger & Darlene Rishavy wrote on Oct 6, 2020:

"So sorry of your mom,s passing! You have our sympathy, God Bless! Roger & Darlene Rishavy"

Roxanne Wacek wrote on Sep 30, 2020:

"Dear Gary ,Mark, Nina and Lori, I have just learn of your mother's passing. I do not have a memory to share yet, wanted to express my sympathy. I am not sure that I have ever met any of you. I was your dad's cousin, the daughter of Elmer and Betty Kulas. I last visited with your mother briefly when I called her in February to share the news of my mothers passing. May the memories you have help you smile even in your grief. Roxanne Wacek"

Connie Furr wrote on Sep 24, 2020:

"Dear Gary, Mark, Nina and Lori, So sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. I met Judy on Halloween night when Gary was four years old. She asked if I would babysit for her three children sometime. Of course I said yes! She and Marv were painting and staining their new home. At the time, they were renting a house on First Avenue SE. So I babysat quite frequently and even after they moved into their new home. Judy being an RN was a mentor to me, because I also wanted to be a nurse. Judy was also my confirmation sponsor many years ago. I never knew about Lori's birth until she was grown up. I hope you all remember the good times because there were many. Love and prayers to all of you. Connie Furr "

Jean Gillis wrote on Sep 24, 2020:

"Judy was a special friend since our early teens. We kept in touch during our busy years raising families and working outside the home. But in retirement we visited regularly on the phone, sending emails and luncheon dates. Each of her moves from her home to community living was special and meeting new friends. I will certainly miss her. Have many wonderful memories. Jean and Paul Gillis "

Karen Harney wrote on Sep 23, 2020:

"Dear Gary , Mark, Nina, Lori. We heart is so saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. Judy was one of my dearest friends. We used to get together for coffee in the 18th Ave home and also in Douglas. We used to laugh alot and share secrets I think I was one the first to know that Lori was on coming I believe I was Pregnant with Erin also so many good memories of times had .. I will miss her terribly we talked on the phone alot tooooo . Sincere sympathy to all of you ..Dave & Karen Harney "

Dave and Norma Amundson wrote on Sep 23, 2020:

"Gary, Mark, Nina, and Lori: So sad to hear about your Mom's passing. We've known Judy since 1977. We were blessed to have Judy, Marv, and all of you as wonderful neighbors. Neighbors for about 30 years! Norma kept in touch with Judy on a regular basis for the last several years. Norma last talked with Judy on the phone in July. Times like these are so difficult, but you and we have great memories of Judy. Cherish those memories. God needed another angel in heaven. There is a God and there is a heaven, so please be comforted by God's love and by those wonderful memories. Dave and Norma Amundson, 4072 Berkshire Rd SW, Rochester, MN 55902"

Janet Johnson wrote on Sep 23, 2020:

"Gary and the rest of the family you have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. I always enjoyed visiting with Judy and the fun times we had at Jackie Kruger?s cabin. Your mom had quite a way of telling a joke and story. I?m sure she will be quite a loss for you. You have our deepest sympathy. Janet johnson and family"

Sue Limpert wrote on Sep 22, 2020:

"Your mom and I knew each other for years at Holy Spirit Church. She was a faithful funeral lunch baker and volunteer, juggling that even while caring for Marv. She was so generous and honest and funny. How I wish we could have the privilege of serving a luncheon for her and all your family. My deepest sympathy to you."

Bruce and Joyce Brandvold wrote on Sep 22, 2020:

"Judy was our next door neighbor when we moved to The Homestead in June 2018. She always had a smile and we enjoyed her laugh so much. We enjoyed playing "500" with Judy on Sunday nights. We were sorry to see her move. With the lockdown, we never had a chance to say goodbye. We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely, Bruce and Joyce Brandvold"

Carrie Summer wrote on Sep 21, 2020:

"Dear Nina, Mark, Gary and Lori. Sending my deepest condolences and loving kindness in this challenging time. May you be graced by gentle steps ahead, as your life moves ahead without your Mother. I am thinking of all of you and have fond memories of both Marvin and Judy at the big house in Oronoco. Sincerely Carrie Summer"

Barb Prokasky wrote on Sep 21, 2020:

"Such a good friend for 60 years...I will miss her forever. Barb Prokasky"

Marc & JoAnn Pream wrote on Sep 21, 2020:

"Dearest Gary, Mark, Nina & Lori: We are saddened to learn of the loss of your beautiful mother Judy...we go way back when we lived a few miles apart on 18th Avenue in NW Rochester . We were parents raising our children so we had the privilege watching you four grow into young adults!! We always enjoyed being in the presence of your mother & father...happy times!! We will remember your mother?s dedication & love towards your father when he was dealing with major life?s issues & relying on Her Faith to get through each day. Judy?s infectious smile & sweet giggle are what comes to mind when we think of Judy....Kind & Caring Soul!! Fly High With The Angels Judy...We Will Miss You!!?"

Carol Galbus wrote on Sep 21, 2020:

"I met Judy as a high school sophomore, and eventually introduced her to Marv! Judy was a great friend over the years. She had a wonderful sense of humor and love of life. I will miss her. Carol Smith Galbus"

Barbara Harrison-Cyndi Wick-Michelle Broadwater wrote on Sep 21, 2020:

"Judy(and Marv) was a office friend first, client second. When Judy would come into the office she always sat and visited with us, and when she changed to just calling the office we still would visit on the phone. We were all so comfortable that she would call us for advise that wasn't insurance related. Judy will be sadly missed but fondly remembered."

LISA STELLMAKER wrote on Sep 21, 2020:

"So sorry for the loss of your Mom Nina. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. Hugs!! Lisa"

Joleen Miller (Crowson) wrote on Sep 21, 2020:

"We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Family. The Crowson Family "

Carol Vehrenkamp wrote on Sep 20, 2020:

"Oh my dear friend. I am really going to miss you Judy. Your family has my sympathy. You will remain in my prayers. Carol Vehrenkamp "

Patricia K. Liljander wrote on Sep 20, 2020:

"So sorry for your loss. I was in nurses training with Judy. Will keep her in my prayers. They called me Krusie. Pat Liljander "