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Obituary - George Kulman

George Kulman

1939 - 2020

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Kulman(2020) "What A Man!"

Dad peacefully entered into the Glory won for him by his Saviour the morning of January 4, 2020. He began his final journey early on January 2 when he asked for his daughter Wanda Fruson to join him at his bedside. Wanda, Dad’s loving wife (and our mom) Marlene and our cousin Jayda Zabolotney (a nurse and angel) then attended to him from that point on. After Wanda arrived, Dad then asked for his son Kurtis Kulman who was in the United States with his grandson Bailey. They quickly returned to Calgary and, together with his granddaughter Alex and his daughter-in-law Pat, drove to Medicine Hat and joined him later that evening. His grandsons Lee, Austin and Kyle Fruson, along with Kyle’s girlfriend Kelsey Pocsik, dropped what they were doing to join their family at his beside shortly after. Following that, his beloved sister-in-law and brother-in-law Eleanor and Melvin Zabolotney, with whom Dad and Mom had spent so many enjoyable years over the decades, arrived and took care of all of us by providing food, drink, love and laughter. Dad then patiently waited for his nephew and Godson Stacey Zabolotney, who was travelling from Vancouver and arrived at noon on January 3. Upon his arrival Stacey immediately proceeded to pick up Dad’s guitar, sit by his bedside and begin singing Dad’s favorite songs. With this prompting, the party quickly began along with the arrival of Jayda’s husband Wade Bierbach, as well as their daughters Anya and Annika, and following them Lee’s girlfriend Jenna Dalla Longa. While Dad was not always fully conscious, his heart and spirit shone through. In those brief and treasured moments when he was conscious, he joked around and even teased us a little. What a man!

Surrounded by joy, love, laughter and the language of music, Dad slowly, with his usual stubbornness, made his way toward his Saviour. We know that Dad’s surviving siblings Richard Kulman (and his daughter Tammy Brady), Clara Clarke and Adeline Zorn and their families and his many Kulman nieces and nephews, Mom’s brother Calvin Westgard, his wife Debbie, and their daughters Ashley (and her boyfriend Nathan and her daughter Hailey) and Britney Belanger (and her husband Jacob and their son Rowan), Dad’s niece Sasha Craven, her husband Mark and their children Eleandra and Blake, Stacey’s wife Bonne and their children Ava and Zay, Austin’s girlfriend Lindsey Ackert and Alex’s boyfriend Zac Cline would have loved to have been there and, truly, they were in spirit and love. We thank them for their love and prayers which lifted and supported us.

Dad was a simple, quiet, humble man who did not like to be the center of attention and, like all true, strong, Christian men, did not feel the need to puff himself up by words. True to form, and after 40 hours of hard work on his part, it was while we all were resting a little (other than our Mom who was attentive as always and Lee who was administering meds) that Dad peacefully took his last breath and walked through the Gate to his Saviour. We can only imagine that when Jesus asked him how he was, Dad responded as he always did “not bad for an old fart”.

In his death, as in his life, he taught us lessons by his actions without having to say a word. Lessons like unconditional love, humbleness, hard work, patience, peace, trust in God and that there is a time for everything. As Dad said to Wanda before he left us “these things happen”.

We love you Dad. We will join you shortly.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at Victory Lutheran Church, 2793 Southview Drive S.E., Medicine Hat on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Jim Bredeson officiating with the assistance of Pastor Roland Weisbrot. Lunch will follow immediately thereafter. A private interment will be held prior to the service.

We ask that, in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to do so, may donate to the Victory Lutheran Church’s Perpetual Remembrance Fund.


  1. Randy Nesvold:
    Jan 06, 2020 at 08:21 AM

    Dear Marlene, Wanda, Kurtis & families; you are in my thoughts and prayers.... May God be with you at this time knowing that George is with his Lord & Saviour.

  2. Vivianne Beamish:
    Jan 06, 2020 at 04:27 PM

    Dear Marlene Kurtis and Wanda My condolences on your loss May the God Lord Bless You All Sorry can;t be with you at this time But you will be in my prayers Vivianne

  3. Mike &Darlene Hildebrand:
    Jan 06, 2020 at 06:28 PM

    Dear Marlene and Family
    We are so sorry to hear about George’s passing. We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to you all.
    Mike & Darlene

  4. Doris Wutzke:
    Jan 06, 2020 at 08:08 PM

    Sincere sympathy to Marlene & all the family in the loss of George. May God be with you all at this time & always. Doris Wutzke

  5. Linda Collins:
    Jan 06, 2020 at 08:37 PM

    Marlene, Wanda, Kurtis & families.

    We are very sorry to hear of your George's passing. We have many good memories of George and the time we spent on Cornwall Street. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time and the days to come.
    Murray & Bernadine, Linda & Greg,
    Shelley & Dave, Sandy & Joe

  6. Linda Collins:
    Jan 06, 2020 at 08:41 PM

    Marlene, Wanda, Kurtis & families.
    We are very sorry to hear of your George's passing. We have many good memories of George and the time we spent on Cornwall Street. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time and the days to come.

    Murray & Bernadine, Linda & Greg,
    Shelley & Dave, Sandy & Joe

  7. Norman & Carol Stianson:
    Jan 07, 2020 at 09:29 AM

    Our deepest sympathy to you Marlene and family. Sorry we can't make it to the funeral. Say hello to every one from us.

  8. Kelly Olson:
    Jan 07, 2020 at 10:33 AM

    Dear Kurtis,Pat,Bailey and Alex. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad and grandpa. Alex spoke so highly of him. I am also glad you got to be with him during his last days on earth, but rejoice with you that he is now whole again and with his savior Jesus. You will all be in my prayers today as you remember him.

  9. Linda Tisdale:
    Jan 07, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Dear Marlene
    Thinking of you.
    My sincere condolences.
    A quilting friend
    Linda Tisdale

  10. Shara Fuss:
    Jan 07, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Kurtis, Pat, Alex, Bailey and family, my sincerest condolences during this time of mourning. You have the gift of knowing your Dad is with our Lord and Saviour and may that bring comfort and peace.

  11. Linda and John Raposo:
    Jan 07, 2020 at 11:50 AM

    Pat and Kurtis - Our condolences on George’s death. Thinking of you.

  12. Theresa Harris:
    Jan 07, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    Although we have never met, I know Curtis and Patricia and their family. You will be missed but never forgotten.

  13. Ken Ealey:
    Jan 07, 2020 at 04:24 PM

    Dear Marlene and family,
    So sorry to hear about George. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We are in Arizona and won’t be able to attend.

  14. Cindy Kulman:
    Jan 07, 2020 at 05:16 PM

    Dear Aunty Marlene and family,
    We were all saddened to hear about Uncle George. Please accept our deepest condolences. Please know that our thoughts are with you all today.

  15. Jan Scott-Kirk:
    Jan 07, 2020 at 11:27 PM

    I so enjoyed the times I shared with Marlene and George. He was a wonderful man and my thoughts rest with Marlene knowing she is a strong lady and will be able to face the fire helped by memories. Hope to see you soon Marlene. Blessings love Jan💚

  16. Roger Williams:
    Jan 09, 2020 at 10:22 PM

    Thinking of you Marlene and your family at this very hard time, deepest sympathy to you all

  17. Tammy:
    Jan 09, 2020 at 10:56 PM

    So sorry to hear of George’s passing. I remember his jolly smile and sweet heart. I am so glad he was able to make Aunty Mavis and Uncle Ambroses anniversary party and that I was able to see and chat with him once again. I am sure he was greeted by Aunty Eva, Uncle Ollie, my Dad and so many wonderful relatives and friends with love. Much love to Marlene, Wanda and family and Curtis and family. You have a wonderful angel looking over you.

  18. Cheryl Kulman:
    Jan 14, 2020 at 03:29 PM

    Dear Aunt Marlene. We just heard of Uncle Georges passing.
    Our deepest condolences to Wanda and Curtis and their families also. So very sorry for your loss.

    (Uncle George actually passed on what would have been Elsie's birthday.)
    Our hearts go out to each and every one of you...Gerry and Cheryl Kulman

  19. Barry & Barbara Balsillie:
    Jan 17, 2020 at 01:32 PM

    To Marlene & the entire Kulman family

    Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one.
    George’s memory will live forever in the hearts of those who loved and knew him.

    Barry & Barb Balsillie

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