Ronald Kulczycki


September 1947


September 23, 1964

From the Yearbook...

He so lived that when his summons came to join that innumerable caravan which moves to that mysterious realm from which no traveler returns, he went not like the quarry slave at night, but sustained and soothed. And with an unfaltering trust approached his grave like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.

Soon after the start of our senior year, our hearts were filled with grief, for on September 23, 1964, Ronald Kulczycki died, leaving a huge gap in our class and in all of mankind, which can never be filled. Always active, Ronnie was an excellent scholar as well as a fine athlete. In seventh and eighth grades Ronnie participated in Jr. High football and basketball, orchestra and Jr. Band, as well as being Den Chief of the Boy Scouts. Jr. High football and basketball claimed Ron again in ninth grade along with Freshman Chorus, Jr. National Honor Society, Basketball Club, the latter two of which he was the president.

During his sophomore year, Ronnie was class president, homeroom president, a member of the Varsity and J. V. football teams, as well as the Varsity basketball and baseball teams, mixed chorus, and the Sr. Hi-Y and All Sports Clubs. The class presidency, homeroom presidency, mixed chorus, Wilsonaires, the Echo, National Honor Society, basketball, and football took up most of Ronnie's time in his junior year. His enthusiasm for this latter activity inflicted the accident which eventually caused his death. At the end of his junior year, Ron was elected president of the senior class and mixed chorus for the following year. Ron was also selected to be sports editor of the Echo and Les Memoires and one of Wilson's three National Merit Scholarship Finalists. After graduation he planned to enroll at Princeton University as a pre-med student. Always smiling and full of fun, Ron was greatly missed this year as he will be in the years to come. He understood people, their whims and ideals. Though we may strive a lifetime, few of us will ever reach the "Image of Man" Ron attained in seventeen years.

Ronald Kulczycki, Athlete
At Wilson High, Dies At 17

Ronald Kulczycki, 17, athlete at Wilson High School, died at 9 p.m. yesterday in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, where he was transferred Tuesday from Easton Hospital.

Ronald suffered a kidney injury last Nov. 2 in a football game between Wilson and Pen Argyl high schools. He underwent two emergency operations the following day.

He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Kulczycki of 2450 Butler St., Wilson.

He was a member of the senior class of Wilson High School, and was class president for the last three years. He was a member of the Mixed Chorus and the Wilsonnaires of the school and the Honor Society. He was sports editor of The Echo and Les Memoires.

Ronald also played basketball and was a first baseman and pitcher on the Warrior baseball team. He played baseball with the North Bucks, an American Legion team in Wilson. He was an Eagle Scout and a memberof the Order of the Arrow.

He was born in Easton. His mother is the former Mae Yaworski. He planned to enroll at Princeton University as a premed student.

He was a member of Holy Ghost Ukranian Catholic Church, West Easton.

Survivors include two brothers, Anthony Jr., a student at Princeton, and James, at home; a sister, Elaine, 9, also at home; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Julia Kulczyckl, Wilson, and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Yaworski, Easton.

The funeral will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Curran Funeral Service Home, Wilson, followed by a Solemn High Requiem Mass at 9 a.m. in Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church.

Parastas services will be held at 7:30 p. m. and the rosary will be recited at 8:15 p. m. tomorrow at the funeral home.

Source: Easton Express, September 24, 1964, p 1


RONALD KULCZYCKI

Solenm Requiem Mass for Ronald Kulczycki, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Kulczycki, 2450 Butler St., Wilson, was celebrated this morn ing in the Holy Ghost Ukranian Catholic Church, West Easton. The .youth died Wednesday in University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia. The hospitaL listed the cause of death as a kidney infection.

Rev. Nestor Romanovich was celebrant. Interment was in the church cemetery. The  pallbearers were James Adams, JamesĀ  Miller, Richard Walters, Domenick Murgia, James Matyas, Gary Banko, James Elder, Robert Conroy, Kenneth Davey and Terry Lee.

The funeral was conducted from the Curran Funeral Service Home, Wilson.

Source: Easton Express, September 26, 1964, p 20

Ron's older brother, Anthony Kulczycki, Jr., M.D., WHS '62, is a practicing physician and Associate Professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His younger brother James Kulczycki, M.D., WHS '69 is a cardiologist practicing in Glendale, CA.