Joellen Kulczyk, 67, of Valparaiso, IN, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2023. Joellen was born on April 4, 1956, to Joseph and Helen (Petrick) Kulczyk of Hammond, IN. After graduating from Bishop Noll in 1974, she pursued a degree in nursing at Indiana University Northwest and University of Illinois Chicago. 
Throughout her career, Joellen worked as a nurse in local hospitals and eventually transitioned to the gaming industry. She spent many years volunteering at St. Thomas More School in Munster, IN and served as a Eucharistic minister at STM’s church. Post-career she went on to serve as a CASA in both Lake and Porter Counties, advocating for youth victims of abuse and neglect.  
Joellen was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Helen. She is survived by her two children, Kristen (Mark) Shaw of Valparaiso, IN and Justin Gulotta of Charleston, SC; two grandchildren, Cooper and Quinn Shaw; brother, Dennis Kulczyk, and many cousins. 
A visitation for friends and family will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Road, Valparaiso, IN 46383, with a memorial service beginning at 1:00 p.m. Private interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to VNA Hospice of NWI or your local CASA agency in her memory.


Kristen & Family - Sending heartfelt condolence and prayers, on the passing of your mom, -Debra Palmer 

Kristen, my sincere condolences to you and your family. This is a very difficult time for you and your family, please take all the time you need to heal and reflect. Always remember, work will always be here. -The Bolarinho Family 

My sincere sympathies to you and your family. May loved ones around you bring you strength with all the wonderful memories. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers. -Tammy Behr 

Heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I grieve as well. Your mom was one of the most beautiful people I've ever known. She loved all of you fiercely. She's at rest now, watching and smiling from above. God bless you and yours. -Kristin Magnusen 

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will be thinking and praying for you all during this time of grief. -The Boykin Family 

I only knew your mom for five years but in those five years we developed a beautiful loving friendship. We had many things in common; both retired nurses, single mothers, and both with a warped sense of humor. We never ran out of things to talk and laugh about! I wish you peace and hope you’ll find comfort in your memories of your mom. -Tess Mangold 

So sorry to hear of your loss. I had not heard anymore since you mom told me she was going in hospice care. My mom, Nancy (Kulczyk) Nack was in hospice palliative care and passed away on June 12th. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours, -Tracy (Nack) Bardin 

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