Joined: 29 Aug 2006
Location: Olean, New York
|Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:31 pm Post subject: Daniel F. Kula 1949-2014
|Daniel F. Kula
Portville, NY - Daniel F. Kula, 65, of Portville, passed away Wednesday (11-5-2014) at Buffalo General Hospital.
Known to his friends and family as "Dan", "Danny", "Coach", "Bob or "Chi Chi". he was born Oct. 31, 1949 and grew up in north Olean, Danny graduated from Archbishop Walsh High School in 1967
Danny began his career as an educator at St. Josephs Parochial School after graduating from St. Bonaventure University with his Bachelor's Degree in English in 1972 and later received a Master's Degree in Education in 1978, also from St. Bonaventure University. Danny then accepted a postilion at Friendship Central School, where he impressed upon his students the importance of good grammar, fostered students' appreciation for classical literature and poetry, and encouraged a healthy sense of fun and adventure in learning through the use of model rockets in his middle school science class.
Following his retirement from the traditional classroom setting in 2010, Danny continued to educate schoolchildren with simulated space missions while working as a "mission commander' at the Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center in Allegany.
Danny us active in the practice of his Catholic faith his entire life. As a boy, he was an altar server at Transfiguration parish in north Olean, and, most recently, he served as a lector at Sacred Heart in Portville and Saint Mary of the Angels in Olean.
On August 20, 1974Danny married Mary El. Randall, and the couple moved to their current home in Portville shortly thereafter. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Mary and their children: Michael Kula and his wife Brianna, of Sunbury, Pa; Thomas Kula and his wife Jennifer of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Catherine Kula, of Portville. Danny is also survived by a sister Rosemary (Kula) Grego, and he husband James , of Hilton.
His parents, Stanley and Lucy (Sokolowski) Kula, preceded him in death, both in the summer of 2001. Also his grandparents: George and Rose Kwiatkowski-Sokolowski
Family welcomes visitation of loved ones and friends on Sunday (Nov 9, 2014) from2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Guenther Funeral Home, Inc. 1303 E. States Street, Olean. Funeral services will be held Monday (Nov 10, 2014), beginning with a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. at Guenther Funeral Home and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Saint Mary of the Angels Church, 119 W. Henley St., Olean. Father Greg Dobson will be celebrant. Following the Mass, burial will be at St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages charitable gifts be made in Danny's memory to the Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center or the National Rifle Association.