Saturday, July 14, 2012


Kulman, Joann (Jo) Gilbert

June 24, 1931 – April 27, 2012

Age 80, of Arden Hills passed away Friday, 4/27. Born 6/24/1931 in Buffalo Lake, MN. Preceded in death by parents, John and Anna Gilbert; siblings, Fern Norvell and John Gilbert. Survived by son and caregiver, Michael Kulman, daughter, Jonee Brigham, Son-in-law Scott Brigham, Grandchildren Sam, and Joe, ex-husband, Herb Kulman, and many other family and dear friends. A loving, creative, and free spirit throughout her life, Joann grew up on a farm in Buffalo Lake, MN, earned a BS in Home Economics Education from the U of MN in 1954, taught high school English and Home Ec. in New Ulm, MN, worked as an interior designer at Schuneman’s in St.Paul, married in 1959 and moved to West Virginia, where she taught design and earned a Masters of Home Economics Education at WVU in 1962. Moving to Virginia, she co-founded an art gallery and started a family. In 1966, they moved to Minnesota and she raised a family, while enjoying dancing, politics, art, design, and theatre. Through her sunny outlook and those she loved, she found, in her words, a “Heaven on Earth.”  Celebration of Life Saturday, July 21 from 1:00-3:00 P.M at Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454. For questions email E-guestbook at