ARLINGTON, Va. — According to an African proverb, when an old man dies, a library burns to the ground. These words were never truer than with the passing of lifelong learner and educator Joseph A. Kulick, our beloved “Dziadz,” 99, of Arlington, Virginia, who died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

He was born in Mount Carmel, July 23, 1922, a son of the late John and Stefania Kulik.

In 1944, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, assigned to Company L, 71st Infantry Regiment, 44th Division near the Maginot Line, where he was wounded and awarded a Purple Heart.

He graduated from Bloomsburg State Teachers' College, in 1949, with a Bachelor of Science in science and obtained his Master of Education from George Washington University, in 1952.

After moving to Arlington, he taught math at Stratford Junior High School, from 1950-64; was an assistant principal at Wakefield High School, from 1964-71; returned to Stratford as an assistant principal until 1978; and retired from his teaching career at Yorktown High School, in 1980. He had a passion for teaching and learning, which he instilled in others, especially his devoted family.

A devout Catholic, he was a former member of St. Joseph’s Church, in Mount Carmel, and attended St. Charles Borromeo, St. Agnes and St. Thomas More churches in Arlington, Virginia.

His love of family, strong faith, charity towards others, vast knowledge, good humor, European travel and languages, hikes along the C&O Canal and mastery of crossword puzzles will be his treasured legacy.

He is survived by two son, Joseph T. Kulick, of Arlington, Virginia, and John F. Kulick (Ruth), of Wolftown, Virginia; his daughter, Therese K. Morse (Richard), of Ashland, Virginia; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Henry Kulik, of Lansdale.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Irene A. Kulick.

A celebration of life, Mass of Christian Burial and interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Mount Carmel, is planned for the future.

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