September 27, 1947 ~ June 6, 2021
Lolita J. Koppinger, 73, of Fargo, ND passed away peacefully with her family present on June 6th, 2021. Lolita was born on Sept 27th, 1947 to Leo and Cleora Beattie in Minot, ND. She was raised in Garrison, ND and attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND and received an Associate's degree in Pharmacy and later a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition. During Lolita’s 39 working years, she held various positions including 20 years as a Nutritionist and spent 18 of those years with the WIC program across North Dakota. She embraced a strong work ethic and enjoyed her many coworker's and loved to help others. Lolita married Tom Koppinger February 17th, 1990 at St. Mary’s Church in Bismarck, ND; although they grew up only 30 miles apart, they never formally met until much later into their lives. In their own words “he went to dances to the north and she went to dances in the south.” After retiring, Lolita enjoyed traveling with Tom as his job took them across the 5-state area. Besides spending time with family and friends, Lolita enjoyed playing golf and snow skiing. She lived for her grandchildren and enjoyed watching them grow. Lolita had a bright personality and was known for her beautiful smile. She has touched many lives with her generosity and had a passion for giving to many charities. Lolita is survived by her husband, Tom Koppinger from Fargo, ND, daughter Michele (Jay) Winger (Stalcup) from Waukee, IA; 2 step-son’s Todd (Laura) Koppinger from Centralia, MO, and Joe Koppinger from Minot, ND; 5 sisters, 2 brothers, 3 grandchildren, and 8 step-grandchildren. Lolita was proceeded in death by her parents, son Michael Stalcup, step-daughter Anne Culbertson, and sister Colette Kubinski. Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Friday, June 18, 2021 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo,ND with visitation starting at 6:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo,ND with visitation starting at 9:30 A.M. Celebration of life luncheon will be held from 12:00 - 3:00 PM immediately following the Mass of Christian Burial at the Delta Hotel, 1635 42nd St SW, Fargo, ND 58103. Interment: North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND and will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Dorothy Day House, Moorhead, MN, YWCA Domestic Violence Center for Women, Fargo, ND, Pregnancy Help Center Arms of Ministry, Park River, ND. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. Online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.
Tom may you be blessed with many wonderful memories of your time together with Lolita – she was a special lady – always so kind and interesting to visit with, always a smile on her face. May she rest in the loving arms of our Father in Heaven.
Our sympathies go out to her husband and family.
Sincere condolences to your entire family, Tom. Lolita and I talked many times how proud we were of our grandchildren. She was generous enough to share Michele with me and treated my son, Jay as if he was a son. Tom you have been a wonderful guardian over Lolita throughout her sickness, and now you can be at ease knowing she is in great care! Bless you all, Linda Humiston
So sorry for your loss, Tom. Prayers to you and your Family!
Lolita was always a “shining star” during her days in Garrison when I knew her. It is with deep regret that we have heard of her passing and send our condolences to all her family. Her obituary is a testimonial to the impact she had on family and friends and I personally regret not having greater contact with her after our days together in Garrison. Rest in Peace Lolita
Deepest sympathies to Lolita’s family. She was such a wonderful person. Memories will keep her with all of you.
I am so sad to hear of Lolita’s passing. She has been a dear friend to me for 50 years. When Lolita told someone she would pray for them, she took that promise very seriously. I feel so blessed to have had her as a friend, and will treasure my sweet memories of time spent together. Sending prayers for her loved ones at this difficult time.
Penny and I are so sorry for your loss Tom.
Condolences to the Beattie and Koppinger families from the Price family. We went to church with the Koppingers’ in Douglas and to school with the Beat ties’ in Garrison.
Tom and family, I send my sincere sympathy to all of you. I know you are going to miss that special lady very much as are all her friends. Lolita and I spent many fun times together all the way back from first grade through high school and for years after. Tom, you took such good care of Lolita during her long illness. Now her care is in the hands of our Lord and Savior. May God bless all of her loved ones, family and friends.
I worked with Lolita at Bismarck WIC where we shared many laughs and good times. She was such a lovely person-my condolences.
She was a special person and I know Heaven received her with open arms. I was a better person because I was able to know her and call her my friend.
Sympathies to the family of Lolita.
Dear Tom & Family
Are hearts have been heavy for you since Lolita passed. we enjoyed both
Of you over the years , so very much! ! Keep the great memories close to your heart !
All our Love, Bonny & Jay Winger