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Helen Louise Lossing

Helen Louise Lossing, 76, of Blackduck, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minn.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Evangelical Free Church in Blackduck with the Rev. John Keers officiating. A visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at Cease Family Funeral Home in Blackduck with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Langor Cemetery in Langor Township, Minn., at a later date.

Honorary urnbearers are John Lossing, Dan Lossing, Randy Lossing, Floyd Lossing, Rex Lossing, Sonny Lahr and Corky Wirkus.

Helen was born Nov. 22, 1932, to John Henry and Dorothy Marie (Stigner) Coburn in Cheyenne, Wyo. She moved to Blackduck at the age of 3. She was raised and attended school in the Blackduck area, graduating from Blackduck High School in 1950. She lived and farmed in Langor Township.

Helen raised a huge extended family. Her home was always open to anyone in the neighborhood and she had an extra plate on the table for anyone who stopped by. She was famous for her raisin cake with brown sugar frosting. She always had the coffee pot on and a full table.

Helen was a very talented musically and played guitar and sang. She was a member of the Jolly Riders Trailriders Saddle Club. She enjoyed trail rides, sitting by the camp fire and singing. She was a member of the Homemakers Club.

She is survived by her husband James Lossing of Blackduck; seven children, John (Darlene) Lossing of Cook, Minn., Helen "Babe" (Sonny) Lahr of Blackduck, Dan (Gayle) Lossing of Gilbert, Minn., Randy Lossing of Virginia, Minn., Floyd (Gail) Lossing of Blackduck, Dixie ("Corky") Wirkus of Blackduck and Rex (Sabrina) Lossing of Blackduck; three brothers, John Coburn of Blackduck, Jim Coburn of Squaw Lake, and Vermon Coburn of Minneapolis; four sisters, Ruby Kugler of Blackduck, Mae Sunnell of Blackduck, Alice Olson of Bigfork, and Linda Slindee of the Twin Cities; 28 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James Robert Lossing; and a grandson, Shawn Michael Lossing.