Dufour Loretta R., left this real world on the morning of January 15. She was a devoted sister and aunt to her family. Loretta arrived in this world in the early hours of May 29, 1909, in a mining camp in Earlton, Ontario. In 1915, she moved from Winnipeg to Minneapolis with her parents, William and Rachel, her brother Arthur and sister Leola (all deceased). The family continued to grow with the birth of her sister, Eva (deceased), and surviving siblings: sister, Phyllis (Jack Howatt), brother, George (Toni), and sister Donna (Robert Burton). Loretta became an accomplished seamstress after graduating from the old Minneapolis Vocational School. She later completed a labor management program at the University of Wisconsin while a member of the International Garment Workers Union. During WWII Loretta became a precision instrument inspector at Honeywell, a position she held until her retirement in 1974. She was lifelong member of Holy Rosary Church and maintained a close relationiship with the teaching nuns of that parish. She was an active member of the Dominican Laity. Loretta was a loving aunt to her many nieces and nephews, and followed their lives with great interest as they attended school, married and started families of their own. Loretta spent her last year at the Masonic Home, where she received the special attention of two of her nieces, Barbara and Tracy, employees of the Home. There will be a memorial service in the spring, the date to be announced later.

Published on January 20, 2002

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