Joseph Katulic

Joseph John Katulic, Jr., 75, died peacefully at home on Friday, March 1, 2024, after a brief illness and a 30-year battle against Parkinson's Disease.

Joe was born in Flint, Michigan, on July 27, 1948. He grew up during banner decades for Flint; in 1954, GM debuted its 50-millionth car in a parade down Saginaw Street. Joe liked to relate that his grandfather had raced cars with Louis Chevrolet. Joe's father was a GM plant executive. His mother, Cathy, born in Bucevic, Croatia, had been a nurse who happily took up the role of housewife raising "My Three Sons" - Joe and his brothers David and Sam.

Joe attended the University of Michigan, where he served as president of the Gamma
Deuteron chapter of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. His nickname of "Momma Joe" was in recognition of his care for all the details and traditions of the House. His fraternity brothers and their families, to whom, with much affection, he was "Uncle Joe," have been significant, lifelong friends.

After graduation, Joe did not return to Flint, instead making his home in Ann Arbor. His degree was in Labor Economics. He tried a year of teaching but found his career calling at UofM in the Human Resources Department. Joe took a break from "the U" to work at Wayne State University, first for Provost Harold Hanson and then President David Adamany.

He served as Assistant Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center, then based at WSU. This led to management consulting as Katulic & Associates. He was recruited back to UofM to build the HR department at M-Care. He was proud of growing the workforce "from 50 to 500," he said.

When Joe retired from M-Care, it scarcely slowed him down. He and his partner moved to Grosse Pointe, where Joe served on the board of Adult Well-Being Services, the Michigan Parkinson's Foundation, and the vestry and various committees at Christ Church Grosse Pointe.

Even as the progression of the disease took its toll, Joe fought back-literally, as a Rock Steady boxer, replete with a red satin jacket bearing his moniker, "Killer Joe." He was a long-time member of The Players Club and the Grosse Pointe Historical

Joe loved antiquing, collecting, history, books, art, Croatian music, and his Victrola and records. He even grew to like grand opera, and always enjoyed Gilbert and Sullivan - "The Mikado" being a favorite.

Joe is survived by his brothers, David (Michelle) of Shelby Township and Samuel (Mary) of Winter Garden, Florida; his nieces and nephews; and many beloved friends.

Joe and Stuart are members of Christ Church Detroit, where a memorial service will be held at a date to be announced.

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