Daniel J. Vacula

October 1, 1955 - December 28, 2020

Daniel J. Vacula, age 65, of Middletown, DE, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Born in Summit, NJ on October 1, 1955, he was a son of the late Charles and Olga (Lagowicz) Vacula. Daniel enjoyed cooking, photography, and reading in his spare time. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and a former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Clark, NJ. He was proud of his sons’ accomplishments, supporting their activities as his health allowed, including Scouting, God’s Power and Light Theater Company, Odessa Fire Company, and various sports teams.

In addition to his parents, Daniel is preceded in death by his siblings, Mildred V. Violett and Alexander C. Vacula. He is survived by his dear wife of 37 years, Carla J. Abel-Vacula; sons, Lukas D. Vacula and Nicolas O. Vacula; sister-in-law, Alice M. Vacula; nieces, Kathryn Bowman (Michael) and Nicole Vacula; great nephew, James Bowman; and great niece, Cora Bowman.

A visitation will be held for family and friends from 6 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE. A second visitation will be held from 6 pm until 7 pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Faith Lutheran Church, 2265 Red Lion Road, Bear, DE, followed by a memorial service at 7 pm. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Interment will be held privately.

Any family members or friends who are unable to attend Daniel’s service can live stream the service by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Daniel’s memory to all or one of the following:

  1. Faith Lutheran Church, PO Box 1000, Bear, DE 19701
  2. God’s Power and Light Company, PO Box 121, Middletown, DE 19709
  3. Concordia College – Abel Scholarship Fund, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, NY 10708
  4. Odessa Fire Company, Station 24, PO Box 81, Odessa, DE 19730


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25 Condolences for Daniel J. Vacula

  • I always enjoyed talking with Dan, he truly was an amazing person and always had kind words and inspirational words for me. When I think of Dan the first word that comes to mind is how Kind and positive he was to everyone he touched. My Heart and Prayers go out to Carla, Lukas and Nico…

  • Dan was a wonderful man. I’ve been cutting his hair for the past 6 years, we always had great talks and he shared many recipes with me. I will miss him greatly. Carla, I am so sorry for your loss, as well as the boys.

  • Carla, Lucas, and Niko,
    We are very saddened by the news of Dan’s passing and send our Deepest Sympathy.
    Our Prayers are with you all as you morn your loss and feel Blessed that we were able to be a part of Dan’s life!
    The Stoddard Family
    Terry, Norm, & Matthew

  • Carla,Lukas, & Nikko, We are saddened by Dan’s death. We rejoice that he is resting in the arms of Jesus. We hold you all in our hearts and prayers as you grieve. May you be comforted in your grief. Love and blessings, Randy & Carol Lukas

  • You are in our prayers always. Anita

  • Prayers and love are showering you and your family. Your family at FAITH is lifting you up in prayer.

  • Carla and boys! I’m so very sorry for your loss. I pray that you will find comfort in the beautiful memories that you have. Please know that so many of your friends are thinking and praying for you during this time.

  • Carla, Lucas & Nicholas, my heart
    and prayers go out to you.

  • Carla
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers for you and the boys.


  • Prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. Please know that God is wrapping his arms around all of you and family at this very difficult time.

  • Carla- No words can express how deeply sorry I am for the loss of your beloved husband. Please know that you and your sons are in my family’s thoughts and prayers.

  • Carla, Lucas and Niko, All at Faith Lutheran Church will miss Dan very much. Especially his smiling face and good words. My husband enjoyed his little talks with him when he was there. May he rest in peace. Mary Ann

  • Carla,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the boys. I am so sorry for your loss. Your DaVita Family is here when you return.


  • Carla,Lukas, & Nikko,
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you. We rejoice that we know that Dan is with Jesus! Our fondest memory of Dan was his skill of stacking hotdogs in the crockpot for the kids at VBS. Praying for comfort for all of you.

  • The video was absolutely wonderful and a lasting tribute to Danny. We all know that our days are numbered but a wonderful snipet of what Danny’s life meant to his family!!

  • Carla, Lucas, and Niko,
    You have been blessed with many wonderful memories of Dan. He was an amazing father, husband, and friend. He will continue to live in our hearts and with Christ. Our condolences,
    Katie, Jenna, Andy, and Garrett

  • Carla, Lukas and Niko,
    God’s peace be with you during this difficult time. You will be in our prayers and thoughts. We know Dan is with our Savior in heaven, but will be missed by all of us. May our Lord continue to comfort and protect you.
    In Christ,
    The Balla Family
    Keith, Karen, Jonah, Noah & Hannah

  • Carla I am so sorry for your loss. Your family and you are in my thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

  • Dear Carla , Lucas, and Niko-
    We were so very saddened to hear the news of you losing your wonderful husband and Dad. May God comfort you and guide you all in the coming months. It is precious to know that Dan was a follower of Christ and is now with his Saviour. But, yet , he will be missed so very greatly. Xxoo

  • Carla, Lucas, and Niko:
    We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Dan. We send our deepest sympathy and prayers to you during this difficult time.
    Our thoughts will always be with you.
    Dawnn & Dawnn Dickerson
    (Mr. & Mrs. D)

  • Prayers are flowing for you, the boys and all the family. Nothing can be said to ease your heartache but please know there are many sympathizing with you as you walk this painful trail. The video was wonderful, filled with just a small portion of the life time of memories you put together as a couple and a family. May the Lord hold you in his loving arms & comfort you.

  • We will always remember Danny with a camera in his hand and a twinkle in his eye! These are good memories!
    You are in our prayers, Carla.

  • Dan, rest in peace you will be sorly missed
    may Jesus provide comfort and peace to CJ and the boys

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. I pray that God wraps His wings of comfort around you and bring you comfort in this time of loss. But we will see Dan again on that last day when the dead will rise and we who are believers will be with our God in Heaven forever!

  • Carla, Lucas, Niko:
    Sorry to hear of your loss.
    May God be with you and give you strength.
    Looking forward to when this lockdown is over and we share our support and love in person!
    Lu and Diane