Wayne M. Kulinski
June 14, 1947 — July 10, 2014
Wayne M. Kulinski, of Wind Lake, died on July 10, 2014 at his home surrounded by family at the age of 67.
He was born June 14, 1947 in Milwaukee, the son of Arthur and Eleanor (nee Palinski) Kulinski. Wayne retired from Delphi in Milwaukee after 32 years of service. Wayne was a man full of life. He was always fixing something or puttering in the garage — never a day went by that someone didn’t call and need his help for something. Even in the hospital he was asking for a screwdriver and a shim to fix his hospital room door because it wouldn’t close properly.
He was a kind and compassionate man even to his wife, Sue, who could really try his patience. His girlfriends were many: Molly, Relay, Bizzy, Jill, Lori, Patti, Becky, Karla and all of the girls at Muskego/Wind Lake Animal Hospital. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it to fix something. He loved to make mudslides for all of his agility girlfriends when their accomplishments needed to be recognized or when the Cream City crew was celebrating the beginning or the end of a session. He enjoyed the many nights of dinner and then playing a rousing game of Pictionary — guys against the girls — with Lisa and Daryl Borchardt and Lori and Bob Stewart.
His quick wit and sense of humor made for some interesting conversations between his wife Sue and him. Anyone that heard the two of them might think they really didn’t like each other but their love for each other was immense. His family was so important to him, helping his sons Bruce and Jason by phone for hours, teaching them how to fix and putter also. The day Jason graduated from Marine boot camp made him so proud. He loved helping his father-in-law, Ed Klenz, at his cottage in Eagle River, too. A man of few words but many talents, he will be missed. Godspeed, Wayne.
Sue would like to thank the many friends and family for their support during this last month. Everyone, no matter how small of a part you played in helping both of them through some very dark days, was greatly appreciated. Sue will never forget how loved and blessed their life has been because of all of you. She asks that you pay it forward every day by doing something for someone else in hopes that we can change our world with kindness and compassion instead of anger and frustration.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Sue (Klenz) Kulinski; his children, Bruce (fiancée Melissa) Kulinski, Brent (Mary) Kulinski and Jason Kulinski (special friend Jamie); his grandchildren, Samantha (Mike) Halversen, Jace (Brittany), Sam, Drew and John; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Aniyah, and Alyx. He is further survived by his sisters, Chris (Mike) Zanzig and Helene (Ray) Yager; father-in-law, Ed Klenz; brothers-in-law Rudy Treml, Mike Klenz, Jim Thoma and Mick Jaeger; sisters-in-law Rita Kulinski, Debbie (Klenz) Thoma, Sue (Levenhagen) Klenz and Peggy (Klenz) Jaeger; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Eleanor; his sister Kathy Treml and brother, Bob.
A memorial gathering will be held on Monday, July 14, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A brief eulogy service will take place at 7:00 p.m. Wayne will be laid to rest in a private gathering at Arlington Park Cemetery on Tuesday. Randle- Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.