Lela Marie Kulp

Lela Marie Kulp, 86, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at John Knox Village Hospice House in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She was born October 28 1925 in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, one of nine children to Jacob and Valeria Judd. Lela will be greatly missed by her family, being survived by three children – Daune Hockenbroch and her husband, Ed, of Hampton, Virginia, Carla Church and her husband, Richard, of Catonsville, Maryland and Jan Creidenberg and his wife, Susan, of Mission Hills, Kansas; eight grand children and three great-grand children.

Lela graduated from Hellertown High School in 1942 and lived much of her adult life in Bethlehem, Pennyslvania. She worked for Bethlehem Steel for a decade, was married and raised a family in Bethlehem. She drove a school bus for disabled children once her own children were grown. Showing great courage, Lela fulfilled a dream and moved to Florida, where she lived for 15 years. She lived in Lee’s Summit for the past eight years.

Lela always enjoyed being with people. She was active in the Moravian Church and the Unity Church throughout her life. Having a life-long love of music, she sang in many choral groups, including church choirs, community choral societies and Sweet Adelines. Music took her places such as England and Hawaii, creating an interest in travel; she even visited China with a Florida Unity Church group. Lela enjoyed helping others. She volunteered frequently and became a volunteer for the American Veterans while living in Florida.  She welcomed family and friends into her home, becoming a tour guide whenever they visited. She was a loving and giving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. God will now cradle her and give her peace.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 7 at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the John Knox Village Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association.  

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