Rev. Louis Tuleja, a long-time resident of Wading River, passed away on February 23, 2020 while visiting family in Pasadena, California.
Louis was born in Somerville, Massachusetts to Frances (Wile) and Louis Tuleja Sr. He earned his B.A. in Classics from Harvard University and his Masters in Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. After moving to Long Island, he earned an additional Masters in English from Stony Brook University.
While in seminary, Louis married his wife Athena, and they became lifelong partners in ministry.
Louis served as pastor of the Fourth Reformed Church in Roxborough, Pennsylvania for 4 years, followed by 36 years as pastor of the Wading River Congregational Church and 12 years as pastor of the Middle Island Congregational Church. After his retirement, he enjoyed getting to know people from a variety of congregations on Long Island by serving as a guest preacher at churches from Orient to Nassau.
Throughout his ministry, Louis was known for his vibrant warmth and sense of humor, always hoping to reflect, by the gift of grace, the unconditional love of the God he so joyfully served.
Louis is survived by his loving wife Athena and his three children, Laurine, Cynthia and Stephen.
Visitors will be received on Friday, March 6, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Alexander-Rothwell Funeral Home in Wading River. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 11:00 a.m. at the Middle Island Congregational Church/Middle Island United Church of Christ, 271 Middle Country Road, Middle Island. Internment will follow at the Wading River Cemetery on North Wading River Road.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Westminster Theological Seminary (Attention: Advancement), 2960 Church Road, Glenside, PA 19038.
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