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Life Story / Obituary
With a life that spanned times of war and times of peace, times of plenty and times of want, Loretta J. Poulsen was a blessing to everyone she met. She worked hard, but she took the time to enjoy life along the way, too. Blessed to share more than 70 years with the love of her life, Loretta was so proud to witness her family tree blossom to include numerous branches of loved ones who brought her so much joy. Life will never be the same without her here, but she leaves behind a timeless legacy that her loved ones will proudly carry on in her footsteps.
It was great to be an American during the decade that we commonly recall as the Roaring Twenties. Ballroom dancing, jazz music, and motion pictures in both color and sound were all threads woven throughout the cultural fabric during that time. Prosperity was experienced throughout the nation as innovation was taking us places we had never been. It was just as May was drawing to a close in 1928 that Loretta J. drew her first breath. She was was an only child and such a joy from the time she was a young girl.
In many ways Loretta experienced a typical upbringing for the youth of her generation. Her father worked as a mechanic while her mother was a homemaker. As a student at local schools she graduated from Jonesville High School in Jonesville, Michigan, and later graduated from Western Michigan University. With her education behind her, Loretta worked as a registered children’s occupational therapist at the Kalamazoo State Hospital.
New and exciting changes were in store for Loretta when she met the man who would forever hold the key to her heart. His name was Raymond Poulsen, and at first Loretta wasn’t willing to go out with him. Thankfully, his persistence paid off eventually as they had their first date. That date led to more dates, and it didn’t take the couple long to fall in love. With a desire to establish a life together, Loretta and Ray were married on July 3, 1947. Together they were blessed to welcome three sons, Raymond, Bruce, and Jack, into their hearts and home. Loretta took her roles as wife and mother to heart. She treasured her family and was deeply devoted to making sure they had everything they needed.
Throughout her life Loretta was a woman of many interests. She was very creative and crafty as she enjoyed ceramics and gardening as well as quilting. In fact, going to the fabric store was one of her most favorite things. Loretta was a fantastic cook, and one of Ray’s favorite dishes was her fried potatoes. For years she enjoyed the companionship of her beloved dog, Bebe.
All who knew Loretta Poulsen would agree that she was truly beautiful on the inside and out. She could be a bit strong-willed at times, but her heart was as big as they come. Loretta was a loving wife and mother who treasured the moments spent with her loved ones more than anything else in this world. Wise, giving, and kind, she made a significant impact in the lives of all who were near. Loretta will never be forgotten.
Loretta J. Poulsen, of Schoolcraft passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the age of 90 with her family by her side. Loretta is survived by her husband of 71 years, Raymond; son: Jack (Patti Baggett) Poulsen, of Schoolcraft; four grandchildren: Chad Poulsen, of Vicksburg; Andy (Daniall) Poulsen, of Vicksburg; Michelle (Will Hodgman) Musselman, of Schoolcraft; Joe Poulsen, of Kalamazoo; eight grandchildren: Kendalynn, Gracie, Easton, Jocelyn, Hailey, Davis, Sophia, and Jace. She is preceded in death by her two sons: Raymond and Bruce Poulsen. A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11am at the McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Home, Rupert-Durham Chapel, 409 S. Main, Vicksburg (269-649-1697). The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service, starting at 10am. The burial will be at the Schoolcraft Cemetery. Please visit Loretta’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com where you can read her life story, sign the guestbook and share a memory. Those who wish may make contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.