Reverend Joy E. Bauer-Bulla, 68, of Algonquin, Illinois and formerly of Montpelier, Ohio passed away August 17th in Barrington, Illinois. She was born on September 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, North Carolina 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.
She is survived by her husband Wayne, three daughters Crystal D. Bulla and fiancé Dwight Cochran, DVM, of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, Caroline (Jim) Kuvaja of Havelock, North Carolina and Catherine K. Bulla of Algonquin, Illinois; 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.
Visitation for Joy will be on Wednesday August 21st from 4-8pm at the Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home in Montpelier. Services will be on Thursday at 2pm at the First United Methodist Church in Montpelier with Dr. Carl Wiley and Reverend Jonathan Hanover to officiate. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier. Donations may be made to Journey Care or to Duke University Iron Duke Program.
A memorial service will be held on August 30th 2013 at 7pm in Buffalo Grove, Illinois at Kingswood United Methodist Church.
Joy was a huge Blue Devil Fan – Go Duke!