Rita Kulish

Monday, October 3, 2016 5:20 pm

Rita Kulish, 70, of Spring Grove, Minn., died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at her home in Spring Grove, Minn. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Calmar, with Rev. Robert Gross officiating. Lectors were James, Mark and Kris Kulish. Organist was Jeanette Dietzenbach. St. Aloysius Choir sang “Here I am, Lord,” “You are Mine,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” Prelude music was “In the Arms of an Angel,” by Sarah McLachlan. Offertory gifts were by Melissa Kulish, Nicole Hyer and Jordyn Milam. Casket bearers were James Kulish, Mark Kulish, Wayne Kulish, Michael Kulish, Maurice Kulish and Kevin Kulish. Interment was at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Calmar. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, French Chapel, Calmar.

Rita Jean (Flatten) Kulish was born April 25, 1946, in Des Moines. She was adopted as a baby to Oscar and Ida (Flatten) Overhaug. She attended rural country school near Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church and graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1964. She was united in marriage to Walter Kulish March 5, 1965, in Decorah. Rita worked for Peterson Insurance Company in Decorah; Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids; and American Marine in La Crosse, Wis. She started a mail processing company in 2003, moving the business to Tennessee until 2011. While working on her own business, she also helped both of her sons with their businesses. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, computers, knowing her current events, camping, boating and spending time with her family. Rita also loved her dog, Tuesday and returning to Iowa to see relatives. Rita was a member of the Moose Lodge in Tennessee.

Rita is survived by her husband: Walter Kulish, Spring Grove, Minn.; two sons, James (Jane) Kulish, Ames and Mark (Rebecca Fulbright) Kulish, Johnson City, Tenn.; three grandchildren: Melissa Kulish, Johnson City, Tenn., Nicole (Adam) Hyer, Ames and Jeremy (Tricia) Milam, Maricopa, Ariz.; two great-grandchildren, Jordyn Milam and Gio Milam; former daughter-in-law, Stacey Kulish, Johnson City, Tenn.; brothers and sisters-in-law: Rose Marie (Duane) Macal, Monroe, Ohio; Patricia Shuman, Osage; Clifford (Rita) Kulish, Fayette; Wayne Kulish, St. Ansgar; Michael Kulish, Northwood; Maurice “Boog” (Joanie) Kulish, Protivin,; Kevin (Kris) Kulish, Calmar; along with many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Ida (Flatten) Overhaug; mother and father-in-law, Walter and Genevieve (Barr) Kulish; brothers-in-law, David Kulish and Lowell Shuman.

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