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Beatrice Kulinski

Beatrice Kulinski, age 69, of Silver Lake, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at Hutchinson Area Health Care Center.

Bea was born at home April 25, 1939, in Rich Valley Township in rural Lester Prairie to George and Mary (Wosmek) Lhotka, the only daughter of seven children.

She attended St. Joseph Catholic School and graduated from Silver Lake Public School in 1957.

After graduation, Bea worked at Nathan’s Produce and Shamla Oil Co. in Silver Lake.

Beatrice and Edward Kulinski were joined in holy marriage June 16, 1959, at St Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake.

They lived in Silver Lake for 13 years, and then moved to the home place in Hale Township where Edward was born and raised.

Bea enjoyed baking, gardening, fishing, state fairs, farm fests, and babysitting for many people in the Silver Lake area. She enjoyed dancing in her earlier years until MS made it difficult to walk and do some of the things that she so much loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary Lhotka Sr.; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leo and Clara Kulinski Sr.; brother-in-law, Leo Kulinski Jr.; sisters-in-law Katrina Lhotka and Lorraine Boehlke; and by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Bea is survived by her loving husband, Ed Kulinski; six brothers: Ray (Joyce) Lhotka of Silver Lake, Donald (Marion) Lhotka of Lester Prairie, Francis (Pok-Hui) Lhotka of Federal Way, WA, George (Helen) Lhotka, Roger (Genny) Lhotka, and Larry (Janice) Lhotka, all of Silver Lake; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Marie (Cliff) Ruzicka, Marcy (Robert) Ernhart, Gerald (Jan) Kulinski, James (Marlene) Kulinski, Sharon (Ray) Bandas, Karen Kulinski, Vic and Violet Erickson, and Ed Boelhke; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Church of Holy Family in Silver Lake with Father Brian Oestreich officiating. Special music was provided by organist Val Shamla and soloist Jackie Konerza. Internment was in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Bea’s nephews: Tom Lhotka, Dan Lhotka, Aaron Lhotka, Jeff Lhotka, Scott Lhotka, and Dale Ruzicka. Honorary casket bearers were Rosary Society and CCW members.

Visitation was Saturday, Oct. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Chapel in Silver Lake, and continued Sunday, Oct. 12 for one hour prior to the service at church.

Arrangements were with the Maresh Funeral Chapel in Silver Lake.