Kendra S. Gula, nee Bechtold, 52, of Fairview Heights, IL, born Friday, January 23, 1970, in Belleville, IL, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2022 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, MO.
Kendra worked as a second grade teacher for Wolf Branch Grade School for seven years. After her double lung transplant she did private tutoring for 5 years. She loved traveling with friends and family and most of all attending her son Wyatt’s activities and sporting events.
She was preceded in death by her:
- Uncle, Mike Lehmann
- Father and Mother-in-law, Steven and Anne, nee Bouman, Gula
Surviving are her:
- Loving husband, Timothy Gula of Fairview Heights, IL
- Son, Wyatt Gula of Fairview Heights, IL
- Parents, Dennis and Sue, nee Lehmann, Bechtold of Fairview Heights, IL
- Brother, Kyle (Kari) Bechtold of Swansea, IL
- Uncle, Roger (JoAnn) Bechtold of Chicago, IL
- Aunt, Vicky Lehmann of St. Louis, MO
Memorials: Memorial Donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation https://www.cff.org/
Visitation: Visitation from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Saturday, January 7th, 2023 at First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on January 7, 2023 at First United Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Rob Dyer officiating. Private Interment at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville, IL.
Dear Dennis, Sue, Kyle and family,
My sincerest sympathy to you all for the loss of Kendra. I remember her as being a very sweet little girl when I would baby sit. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Lisa (Wright) Reichert
I am so sorry for your loss of beautiful Kendra 😢🙏
I had the privilege of teaching with Kendra at Wolf Branch. Her energy and positive attitude were inspiring. She was a blessing to everyone she came in contact with. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Sue & family
So sorry for your great loss you all have my deepest sympathy and in my thoughts and prayers
Sue, Dennis and family,
We are so sorry to hear bout Kendra passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless.
I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Kendra. I had the pleasure of working with Kendra at Wolf Branch and my son was blessed to have her as his 2nd grade teacher. She was a special teacher who showed great love for her students.
Kendra’s classroom at Wolf Branch was not far from mine. She was a courageous young lady and a loving teacher to her students. I send my deepest sympathy to all of her family at this very sad time. My prayers are for each of you as
you mourn her loss. Sincerely, Anne Flahive
What a beautiful young lady. I remember working with her planning her wedding flowers. Just beautiful.
Sending heartfelt sympathy.
Bob & Susan Stewart
I was so very sorry to hear about Kendra. She taught my son in the second grade at Wolf Branch. She was a very good teacher, and she was so good with the kids. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
My deepest sympathies for your loss.
Tim/Wyatt and Family-
So very sorry for your loss. I know it’s been a tough road for a while now. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family at this very difficult time.
Urban and Mary Lou Baum
To Dennis and Sue Bechtold
Sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter Kendra.
I , Urban, knew her in High School at East, where she had a good life, thanks to your loving care. I hope her husband and son are thankful for the years they had with her, and have good memories. Peace be with you and your family.
Tim I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family. I pray you will find healing and peace.
I worked with Kendra for the years she was at Wolf Branch. She was a fantastic teacher, always so friendly and always had a smile on her face,
Her love for her students and teaching will be remembered forever by many!