Mae Deloris Kulla was born on May 21, 1924, in St. Paul, Minn., to Charles and Amanda (Hestenes) Kulla. In 1925, the Kulla family made their home in New York Mills where Charles opened a jewelry store. Mae was baptized in St. Paul and confirmed at Suomi Synod Church, now St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, in New York Mills. Mae graduated from New York Mills High School with the Class of 1942. On July 27, 1947, Mae was united in marriage with Roy William Isaacson at the Isaacson family farm in rural Ottertail. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Janis and Keith. Roy and Mae made their home on the farm.
Mae loved sewing, baking, crafts, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church. Mae was employed at the New York Mills Public School for 23 years where she taught the fifth grade and children with learning disabilities, retiring in 1987. In 1995, Roy and Mae retired from farming and moved into New York Mills. Roy passed away on Oct. 15, 2001. Since 2000, Mae made her home at Winchester On Washington in Detroit Lakes, Minn., and recently in 2011 moved to Essentia Health, St. Mary's - Oak Crossing, Detroit Lakes. During her time at the Essentia Campus, Mae continued her love of volunteering and being engaged in activities and people. On Jan. 20, Mae passed away peacefully at Oak Crossing, at age 88. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Preceding Mae in death were her parents, Charles and Amanda Kulla; her husband of 54 years, Roy; daughter, Janis; nephews, Karl Oase and John State; brother, Leonard Kulla; and two sisters, Ellen State and Marcella Hagel.
Mae is survived by her son, Keith (Mary) Isaacson of Blaine, Minn.; grandsons, Jeff and Jay (Renee); sister, Alyce Oase of Shoreview, Minn.; brother, Harold (Ginny) Kulla of Roseville, Minn.; sister-in-law, Phyllis Isackson; brother-in-law, Norman State; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held on Jan. 24 at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills with Pastor Don Salo officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation and accompanied by Louise Amberg. Special music was provided by Alvina Kytta. The pallbearers were Jeff Isaacson, Joe Johnson, Danny Dunlap, Jay Isaacson, Greg Weise and Tim Kulla. The honorary pallbearers were the Class of 1942, Rueben and Bernice Anderson, Mary Pary, Patti Cummin, Anita Hill and Beth Niemi. Mae was laid to rest in Woodland Cemetery, New York Mills. Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills. Tributes may be posted online at www.karvonenfuneralhome.com.