OBITUARY

Frank C. Kulha

July 14, 1936October 5, 2021

Frank C. Kulha, 85, of Northville, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Frank was born on July 14, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan the third of four children born to Paul and Mary (nee: Lancos) Kulha. Frank was a graduate of Fordson High School in Dearborn. Right after graduation he started his career in a machine shop and later he became an owner-partner in World Manufacturing, Inc., Multi-matic, and Thread Grinding Company. In addition he was a partner in Cherry Hill Lanes North Bowling Center. When not working Frank enjoyed his passions of fishing, boating, bowling, down-hill skiing, casino trips, and especially spending time with his family on vacations. Some of the favorite family destinations were Cedar Point Amusement Park, Boyne Highlands, Aruba, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

In early 1959, Frank met the love of his life, Carol Susan "Sue" Hochstein, while she was working at the counter of Mercury Lanes in Dearborn, which was owned by her parents. They married at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church on November 21, 1959. Together they had six children, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Frank is survived by his loving wife of 60+ years, Sue; children, Diane (Dave) Rivard, Jim Kulha, Dailyn Matthews, Christine (Sonny) Burgdorf, and Lisa Sieradski; grandchildren, David Rivard, Marissa (Zac) Boswell, Melissa Rivard, Elizabeth Kangas, Bronte Schmit, Jake Rivard, Mitchell Kangas, Christian Kangas, Kacie Sieradski, Isabel Burgdorf, and Kendall Sieradski; great-grandson, Julien Boswell; siblings, Paul Kulha, MaryAnn Novosad, and Mickey (Gloria) Kulha. Many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and extended family also survive.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his son, Frank, granddaughter, Lindsay Rivard; sister-in-law, Marilyn Kulha; brother-in-law John Novosad.

Friends may visit on Sunday, October 10, 2021 from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Harry J. Will Funeral Home 37000 West Six Mile Road, Livonia, Michigan 48152. On Monday, October 11, 2021 visitation continues from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Kenneth Catholic Church, 14951 N Haggerty Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170. Private cremation will follow Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to Make-a-Wish Foundation 7600 Grand River Avenue-Suite 175, Brighton, MI 48114 (https://wish.org/michigan/our-chapter), in memory of his granddaughter Lindsay Rivard.

Please share a memory of Frank, or condolences with his family at his online guest book below.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday

    Sunday, October 10, 2021

  • Visitation Monday at Church

    Monday, October 11, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, October 11, 2021

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Catherine Minolli

October 11, 2021

To the Kulha family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Mr. Kulha as a business partner and good friend to my dad, Frank Minolli. They shared many years of friendship and laughter, ups and downs, and challenges and victories. Mr. Kulha had a wonderful sense of humor and an ability to make those around him smile.

Many blessings to the Kulha family during this time.

Sincerely,
Catherine Minolli

Kathryn Novak

October 10, 2021

My husband Jay and I met Frank at St. Ken's. He was an usher and greeted everyone with kindness and a sharp wit. We sat in the ushers pew even though we weren't supposed to so we could be near him. Frank's presence was so calming. We grew to know him over many interesting and enjoyable conversations. He was a man of great faith, integrity and character. We liked how he carried himself so much that we emulate some of his characteristics in our lives. Frank is very, very proud of his family and spoke about them with great love. It has been a true blessing in our lives to call Frank and Sue our friends. We miss Frank already. Kathryn Novak Love, love, love the adorable family photos.

Patricia D'Alessandro

October 10, 2021

I only met Lisa's dad a couple of times for a charity event and while I didn't know him well; because of Lisa, you could see they shared a close father/daughter relationship. That relationship will forever be honored, cherished and held deeply in your heart going forward. My deepest condolences to all of Frank's family. God Bless!

Drake Markatos

October 9, 2021

We are very sad to hear about Frank! Our family experienced many good times and memories with him and his family as their next door neighbor in Northville for many years. I especially remember watching football games with him and my father in his basement on Sundays. May you rest in peace Frank, and enjoy those CC Manhattans in heaven with my father. Our sincere condolences and love, Drake and Karen Markatos

Mark Rogers

October 8, 2021

Loved Frank. Smart, funny, engaging, successful man who was committed to family first. He leaves a great legacy. Rest in peace Frank.

David Leone

October 8, 2021

I had the honor and privilege to work with Frank’s beautiful daughter Lisa. She is the sweetest person. I remember an event at Cadillac where we were celebrating the launch of a new vehicle and Lisa brought her dad to the event. He was so proud to tell me of what Lisa contributed to the program, and when I told him I knew and he was right, he was beaming from ear to ear. The love to two had for each other was so obvious. Lisa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If we were not in route to Florida, I would be there first hand to pay our respects. Dave Leone

Ruthanne Pawley

October 7, 2021

Our deepest condolences. Frank was a kind neighbor and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest easy now… The Carbott family.

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