Bessie Mae Franches Kulias was born May 9, 1917 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She passed away on November 1, 2013 at 96 years of age.
Bessie was the daughter of Nicolos Frangis and Gianoula Tzovolos. Bessie was the oldest of their 9 daughters. Bessie moved to McGill, Nevada with her family in July of 1923. In 1926 the family moved to Tooele, Utah. Bessie graduated from Tooele High School on May 17, 1935. On October 9, 1935 Bessie married John Andrew Kulias in McGill, Nevada and has lived in McGill ever since. John died in 1975. Bessie had two children, Andrew John and Demitrula (Truly) Stathoula Kulias Dolfin. Andrew died in 1979 and Truly’s husband Frank died in 2010.
Bessie worked for Kennecott Copper Corporation for many years as a janitor. She retired when arthritis prevented her from working. She then volunteered at the McGill Senior Citizen Center with her dear friend Helen Angelopoulos for many years.
Bessie was well known for her great sense of humor and story telling. Her sisters and grandchildren lovingly referred to her as “Sarge”. Surviving sisters are Mary Cotsifas, Stella Franches, Sophie Allcott and Tessie Cox. Sisters preceding her in death were Helen Douvris, Tula Kosta, Angeline Franches and Virginia Franches. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Bessie (known to most as Yia-yia – which means grandma in greek) had six grandchildren: Dianna Dolfin Callaway (Donald), Jacki Dolfin Hansen (Ferrel), Michael A. Dolfin (Luana), John Kulias (Tina), Stephanie Gillespie (John) and Christina Kulias; 19 great grandchildren and 23 great great grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Mountain Vista Chapel. Burial followed in the Ely City Cemetery. Father Paul Eyler Officiated.
Pallbearers for her funeral services were Brent Johnson, Mikey Dolfin, Jeremy Bunker, Gracian R Uhalde, Matt Murphy and Joseph (Jody) Pintar.
Honorary Pallbearers – Ferrel Hansen, Donald Callaway, Joshua Callaway, Daniel Callaway, Timothy Callaway, Sean Hansen, Steve Northern, Kevin Stozzi, Johnny Demos, Ernie Flangas, John Lampros , Andy McVicars, Mike Pintar and Mark Pintar.