Mildred I. Gulla

FAIRMONT – Memorial services for Mildred I. “Mickey” Gulla, 94, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont with inurnment in Calvary Cemetery, Fairmont.

Mickey passed away Wednesday morning, July 31, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday, Aug. 12.

Mildred “Mickey” Irene (Aakre) Gulla was born Dec. 20, 1918, in Martin County, Minn., the daughter of Andrew and Bertha (Fotland) Aakre. She attended country school near Welcome, Minn., and in South Silver Township before attending and graduating from Fairmont High School. On Feb. 17, 1944, Mickey was united in marriage to Joseph R. Gulla Jr. in Eveleth, Minn. Mickey and Joe resided in Fairmont where Mickey worked at Paulson’s Pharmacy and Sovell Jewelry. This union was blessed with six children. Mickey and Joe shared nearly 42 years together before Joe passed away on Jan. 9, 1986. Mickey was a baptized and confirmed member of Waverly Lutheran Church and was more recently a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She was active in the Historical Society and Lutheran Women’s Caucus. Mickey was most proud of her membership in the National Federation of Business and Professional Women and held many offices throughout the years. Mickey most enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed tending plants, crossword puzzles, e-mailing and playing computer games like solitaire and free cell, and was an avid reader. Newspaper and magazine articles were cut out and shared with others. She found magic in all of life’s simplest things. She was young at heart and her mind was always alert.

Left to cherish her memory include her children, Brian Gulla of Fairmont, Minn., Mary Gulla and her husband, Ed Yost of Ramsey, Minn., Enid Bloedel and her husband, Ed of Fairmont, Minn., and Noel Gulla of St. Cloud, Minn.; grandchildren, Erik Bloedel and his wife, Trish of Lead, S.D., and Erin Bruntlett and her husband, Noah of Paynesville, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Cole Jones, Channing Bloedel, Tyson Bruntlett and Brock Bruntlett; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Along with her parents, Andrew and Bertha Aakre, Mickey was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Gulla; daughter, Carol Crescent; son, John Gulla; and eight brothers and sisters.