ALGONQUIN – The Rev. Joy E. Bauer-Bulla, 68, of Algonquin, and formerly of Montpelier, Ohio, passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, in Barrington.|
She was born Sept. 16, 1944, in Wauseon, Ohio, to Jacob "Bud" Ward and Juna (Hasford) Bauer.
Joy graduated from Montpelier High School in 1962, then went on to earn her bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina. She then went to Duke University in Durham, N.C., to earn her Master of Divinity degree. On March 22, 1963, she married Wayne E. Bulla in Montpelier, and he survives.
Joy was a member of the First United Methodist Church (formerly the E.U.B. church) in Montpelier. Joy was an ordained minister in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. She served churches in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Illinois.
Joy was a huge Duke Blue Devils fan.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne; three daughters, Crystal D. Bulla and fiancé Dwight Cochran, DVM, of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Caroline (Jim) Kuvaja of Havelock, N.C., and Catherine K. Bulla of Algonquin; one son, Kevin W. Bulla of Magnolia, Texas; one brother, Bob Bauer of Montpelier, Ohio; four grandchildren, Kalyn Davis, Kayce Bulla, Kierra Kuvaja and Chloe Kuvaja; and one great-grandchild, Kaden Davis.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Fred Bauer.
The visitation for Joy will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home in Montpelier. The services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Montpelier with Dr. Carl Wiley and the Rev. Jonathan Hanover officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Kingswood United Methodist Church in Buffalo Grove.
Donations may be made to JourneyCare or to the Duke University Iron Duke Program. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.thethompsonfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Aug. 21, 2013