Patricia Ann Gulyas - age: 86
(October 23, 1930 to August 04, 2017 )
Resident of Ukiah, California
Patricia Ann Gulyas, 86, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2017.
Pat was born in Aurora, Illinois on October 23, 1930, the first daughter of the late
Audrey (DeCelle) and Wiley Tarr. She was the oldest of 4 fun-loving sisters: Joan
(Tom) Fleury, Jackie (Bob) Seitz, and Jeri (Charlie) McBryde.
Pat attended St. Catherine's High School in Racine, Wisconsin. She went on to
attend Dominican College where she received her B.A. in Liberal Arts and then her
teaching credential. She began her career as a Kindergarten teacher in Racine.
Pat married Steven Albert Gulyas on July 17, 1954 in Racine, WI. In June 1957,
the couple packed up their station wagon and their 2 young daughters, Mary and Anne,
and headed west to Ukiah, Calif where Steve planned to join his brother Joseph Gulyash,
M.D. in his medical practice. Steve worked as a dispensing optician with his brother
before starting his own dispensing business, Mendocino Optical.
Patricia resumed teaching, first at St. Mary's School (1962-63) as the Third grade
teacher. The next year she was hired as the new Kindergarten teacher for Yokayo School
where she introduced generations of Kindergarteners to the world of "going into outer
space" and "clean-up time accompanied by Mrs. Gulyas on the piano". She loved
children and she had a gift for working with the youngest of them. She retired from
teaching in 1990.
In addition to playing piano for her Kindergarten students, Pat also volunteered as
the pianist for many years at St. Mary's of the Angels church in Ukiah. She played at the
5:15 Saturday Mass for many, many years.
Patricia is survived by her six children, Mary Gulyas, Anne (Jim) Nix, Tom
(Karen) Gulyas, Joanne (Sam) Foord, John (Patty) Gulyas, and Bob Gulyas; ten
grandchildren, Natalie Gulyas, Steve Foord, Jackie Foord, Joseph Foord, Julie Nix, Alisa
Nix, Tyler Gulyas, Morgan Gulyas, Jordan Gulyas, Tatum Gulyas; and 2 greatgrandchildren,
Kadence Foord, and Ayla Jade Fox. Pat was preceded in death by her
parents, her husband Steve in 1983 and her sister Joan Fleury in February 2017.
Patricia was very loved and will be greatly missed.
A private internment will take place at the Ukiah Cemetery.