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Valeria Kulesa

Grenville – Valeria Kulesa 79 of rural Grenville passed away Sunday September 4, 2016 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M. Friday at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Grenville, burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday 5-7 P.M. closing with a Rosary Service. Valeria was born to Roman and Loretta Etl Michlitsch on June 27, 1937 in Sisseton, South Dakota. She attended school in Marshall County until the eighth grade after which she helped care for her brother and sister following the death of their mother. On May 14, 1957 she married Philip Joe Kulesa at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eden, South Dakota. To this union five children were born. The family lived and farmed in the Grenville area where Valeria helped on the dairy and grain farm. She worked at Charron’s Steakhouse, at Pickerel Lake for a time. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grenville and served as Eucharistic Minister as well as being active with many other church activities. Valeria’s greatest joy was having family and friends around because she loved to bake and cook. She also enjoyed gardening, cake decorating, traveling, was a community quilter and a red hat society member. Grateful for having shared her life are her five children: Gregory (LeeAnne) Kulesa, Watertown, SD; Cindy (Dennis) Burrell, Aberdeen, SD; Susan (Mike) McCoy, Lyons, SD; Warren (Shelley) Kulesa, Crystal, MN and Thomas (Renee) Kulesa, Aberdeen, SD. Twelve Grandchildren: Christopher (Cathy) Bartelt, Watertown, SD; Aaryn (John) Nolte, Richfield, MN; Kristen (Brooks) Henderson, Rogers, MN; Evan (Krystle) Kulesa, Choteau, MT; Anthony (Kelsey) Kulesa, Kansas City, KS; Cassandra Kulesa (Matt Keller), Raleigh, NC; Traci Kulesa, Duluth, MN; Nicholas and D’Angelo McCoy, Lyons, SD; Elizabeth Kulesa, Crystal, MN; Haven and Peyton Kulesa, Watertown, SD, and five great-grandchildren: William and Hannah Bartelt, Elise Henderson, David Nolte and Baby Kulesa (due in September). She is also survived by two siblings: Virgil (Carol) Michlitsch, Inver Grove Heights, MN; Audrey Johnson, Plymouth, MN; Two brothers-in-law: Louis (Cindy) Kulesa, Webster, SD; Frank Kulesa, Jr., Grenville, SD and two sisters-in-law: JoAnn Deutsch, Roslyn, SD and Lenora Kulesa, Bismarck, ND, and many nieces and nephews. Valeria was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one grandchild, Reilly McCoy.

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May the family find comfort in loving memories, and in knowing that God is "close to those that are broken at heart; and he saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18) Our loving Creator, Jehovah God, has promised to soon "swallow up death forever...and wipe the tears from all faces" (Isaiah 25:8). With deepest sympathy. For more scriptural encouragement, visit jw.org.

T. Kelly Oct 10 2016 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Kulesa family on the passing of Valeria. -Keith Knuppe

Keith Knuppe Sep 9 2016 12:00 AM

As I look at your mom's/grandma's picture here, it is easy to remember her friendliness and kindness, and her sincere interest in others. I have fond memories of visiting with Valeria during my high school years and afterwards. Once in her home, we were talking about canning, and I remember she explained how to make sauerkraut! I believe my mom and her enjoyed a nice friendship during the years they both lived in the Pickerel Lake area. I am so sorry for the loss that you all feel....it is probably very different for each of you, since you each had a unique relationship with this dear lady. I will be praying that the peace that only can come from the Lord is a real presence with you, and that you are comforted by the promises of God's word. May the sharpness of the hurt ease over time.....as all of those memories become more and more precious. Cindy, a long and tight hug from me to you, my friend. Loralie Wiese

Loralie Wiese Sep 8 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to read of your loss. May your many shared family memories bring you comfort. The scriptures remind us that Almighty God is close to those who grieve, he "is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18) My sincerest sympathy to all of you.

Cheryl D. Sep 4 2016 12:00 AM