Marianne Frances (Kokotajlo) Gula

Mrs. Gula

Marianne Frances (Kokotajlo) Gula, 86, of Willard, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 7, 2018, at her home.

She was born March 22, 1932, in Lorain, to the late Peter and Barbara (Frankovich) Kokotajlo.

She is survived by her four children, Margi (Larry) Enstrom of Florida, Kathi (Don) Barris of Florida, Richard Gula II of Willard and Susan (Michael) Gibson of Tiffin; six grandchildren, Jason (Laura) Bauer and Dustin (Shannon) Bauer, Donnie and Brandi Barris and Craig and Josh Gibson; four great-granddaughters, Michaela, Emma and Hadley Bauer and Amelia Barris; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard M. Gula in 1995, and two sisters, Evelyn and Rita.

Marianne was a 1950 graduate of Lorain Clearview High School and attended Lorain County Community College.

Her various jobs consisted of secretary at Stanadyne, secretary at Elyria Catholic High School, typist at Willard Times, interviewer at Ohio State Employment Services, cashier at Kroger and Eckerd Drug and a medical transcriptionist.

Her volunteer work included teaching CCD, girl’s CYO volleyball coach, Girl Scouts for 10 years, precinct voting booth worker and Elyria Catholic Study Club. She was a member of Elyria K of C Isabella Guild, St. Jude Church of Elyria, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tiffin, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard, Plus 55, HLPOA-Willard, Allen Eiry Senior exercise classes, World Wide Marriage Encounter and Ladies of the Lake Red Hat Society.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard, with Fr. George Mahas officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Willard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sorrowful Mother Shrine, 4106 Ohio 269, Bellevue, OH 44811; St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 25 W. Perry St, Willard, OH 44890 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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