Loretta A Coulter

September 16, 1943 ~ May 21, 2020 (age 76)


Private Funeral Mass for Loretta A. Coulter of Warroad, MN will take place.  Please join the 12 noon live stream mass at St Mary’s Catholic: 

Loretta Ann Coulter passed away peacefully on May 21, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN at the age of 76.

Loretta was born on September 16, 1943 in Grafton, ND to Agnes (Kroll) and John Helmowski.  She later graduated from Minto High School and was married to Gene Dale Coulter on October 29, 1963.

Loretta loved being wife, mother and grandmother.  When their children began school, Loretta worked for a small painting company and soon after Innes Construction working with cabinetry wood finishing, something she loved.  Eventually, she was hired by UND-Plant Services as a supervisor for over 25 years.  Her passion was taking a room and transforming it into something beautiful, and while working at these companies she would also work side jobs finishing people’s homes on evenings and weekends, all the while having her AM Radio on 1310 KNOX out of Grand Forks, ND. 

Loretta and Dale moved full-time to Springsteel Island in 2006 when she retired.  Although retired, Loretta was known for her amazing talent with painting, wallpapering, and woodwork finishing and soon was working as many jobs as she could in the Warroad area.  She enjoyed flowers and gardening, attending concerts, and being surrounded by family and her dogs, Angel and TJ.  Loretta and Dale enjoyed spending time together, fishing, traveling, dining out, and visiting with many family, friends and neighbors.

Loretta had a huge personality that showed in her expressive emotions.  She was very giving, loving, kind, and an extremely hard worker and good cook.  Loretta worked up until the day she was first admitted into the hospital to begin cancer treatments.  She courageously fought and amazed Rochester Mayo Doctors and Staff by not missing one day of intense treatments.  Loretta will be greatly missed by many.  Special thanks to the many doctors and staff of Mayo Clinic in Rochester; and a thanks to the many family and friends that gave their support, visited, prayed, called, sent cards, gifts or flowers during her time in Rochester. 

She is survived by her children, Sandy (Pete) Olson, Russell (Lyndi) Coulter; grandchildren, Dustin and Kasey Opp, Mick and Colton Olson, Farah and Bear Coulter; her brothers, John (Wanda) Helmowski, Harry (Shirley) Helmowski, and Dennis Helmowski all of Minto, ND; Two Step-Grandchildren, Tucker and Hudson; son-in-law, Kevin Opp; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gene Dale Coulter and daughter, Debra Jean Opp.

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