Loretta L. Kulberg, age 91, of Hutchinson, passed away Friday, January 12, 2018, at Ecumen Oaks in Hutchinson.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Anastasia Catholic Church. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 18, 2018 one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be a Council of Catholic Women’s Rosary at 1:00 P.M. at the church.
Memorials are preferred.
Arrangements are with the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel.
Loretta Louise Ann Graml Thiele Kulberg was born on November 16, 1926, in New Ulm, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Anna (Knauer) Graml. Loretta was later adopted by August and Anna Thiele. She was baptized as an infant and later received first communion and confirmation in her faith as a youth at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax, Minnesota. She received her education in Fairfax, and was a graduate of the Fairfax High School Class of 1944.
On November 26, 1949, Loretta was united in marriage to Clarence Kulberg at the Swedlanda Lutheran Parsonage in Hector, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with two sons, Steven and David. Loretta and Clarence moved to Franklin, Minnesota for a brief time and then moved to Hector where they farmed. In 1953, Clarence began his employment with 3M and they moved to Hutchinson. In 1957 they purchased and moved to their farm in rural their farm in rural Hutchinson where they farmed for a total of 40 years. Loretta and Clarence shared 66 years of marriage until Clarence passed away on November 26, 2015.
After High School graduation, Loretta held employment at the Fairfax High School Superintendent’s Office and also spent a summer as a Stenographer at Sears & Roebuck in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1946, she was employed at Fairfax Public Utilities Office and also the Fairfax City Clerk’s Office. Along with being a wonderful wife and mother, Loretta found time to volunteer on many levels. She did volunteer driving for McLeod County for many years. She was an active member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church and held positions on Diocesan, regional, and local levels. She belonged and held offices for McLeod County Cancer Crusaders, Home Council Extension Board, Happy Homemakers Club, Farm Bureau, Sweet Adeline’s and sang with the Hutchinson Family Concert Chorus.
Loretta enjoyed visiting, playing cards and doing crossword puzzles. For about 30 years she and Clarence enjoyed spending winters in Mesa, Arizona. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.
Loretta passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Ecumen Oaks, at the age of 91 years. She will be dearly missed. Blessed be her memory.
Loretta is survived by her:
Children, Steven Kulberg and his wife, Sue of Morris, MN,
David Kulberg and his wife LouAnn of Hutchinson, MN;
Grandchildren, Kathi Biesterfeld and her husband, Walter of Donnelly, MN;
Kimberly Mlodzik of Litchfield, MN,
Benjamin Kulberg and friend, Ume Phengpane of Maple Grove, MN,
Melissa Thomas and her husband, Rick of Victoria, MN,
Mindy Smith and her husband, Zachary of Maple Grove, MN,
Brittany Kulberg of Hutchinson, MN;
Great Grandchildren, Riley and Morgan Biesterfeld, Merrick, Campbell and Paige Thomas, Jaxxon Comley, Fox Smith, Miles Rinn, Ella Mlodzik;
Sister, Mary Ann Filzen and her husband, Richard of Renville, MN;
Nieces, Nephews and many other relatives and friends.
Loretta is preceded in death by her: Spouse, Clarence Kulberg; Parents, Benjamin and Anna Graml and adopted parents August and Anna Thiele; Great Grandson, Zachary Thomas Mlodzik.