Helen Louise Coulter Abrecht

December 28, 1937 - September 4, 2020
Helen Louise Coulter Abrecht

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Helen Louise Coulter Abrecht

On September 4, 2020 Helen Louise Abrecht, age 82, of Washington, NC, formerly of Joppa, Maryland, left this world to rejoin her loved ones in heaven who are joyously celebrating her return. Gerald F. Abrecht Sr., her devoted husband of 60 years, is not allowed to join her yet.

She is also survived by her children and their families: Jerry & Pam Abrecht Jr., Jennifer & Tim Raley, Sandra & Douglas Silvey, Libby & Dave Reynolds, Joe Abrecht, Christina Abrecht, 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Helen, the youngest of six children, grew up in a very loving and close-knit family in East Gary, Indiana. That family-centric raising was evident in the life she lived as a wife, mother and friend. She was a soft-spoken person who loved to travel, kayak, line dance, play various card games, listen to live music, read a good book, and play golf with Phylis. But more than anything, she loved her husband and family.

Helen loved to winter in the Florida Keys with all of her wonderful friends, laughing and enjoying life. She liked being able to text with her grandchildren and having them come visit. She liked living near the water and watching the various birds, frogs, and fish. She did not like snakes, spiders or Alaskan brown bears when they got too close. She made really great pies!

Helen was an amazing role model for how to love, how to care for others, and how to enjoy life. She shared these qualities with her friends at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Bradshaw, Maryland for many years. She served with the Ladies of Charity, volunteered at church functions, helped with the Boy Scouts as a Den Mother, and served in many other supporting roles. She was a kindhearted optimist who inspired others to be better people. She will be greatly missed.

In honor of Helen, please do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone.

A Celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later date.

You may share a memory with the family by visiting www.josephpaulfdl.com.
Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Director Licensee of Washington is serving the Abrecht family

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  • September 14, 2020
    Kirsten Rose says:
    Love and condolences to the entire family! Though I only spent time with her the one visit to my cousin's home, she was such a sweet and fun soul to be around! I know you will all miss her terribly. May peace find a way into your hearts at this difficult time!

  • September 13, 2020
    Eric Abrecht says:
    I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Helen. Penzie, the kids and I are thinking of you. Eric

  • September 11, 2020
    Garret Remortel says:
    So sorry to hear of Helens passing. She is a very lovely woman. Deepest condolences to Jerry, children and all grandchildren. Garret and Beverly Remortel

  • September 10, 2020
    Chip Solloway says:
    One of the dearest souls I've ever known. Rest in peace Miss Helen.

  • September 10, 2020
    Lee says:
    Growing up, she was my "second" mom. I loved her spirit, her faith, her smile and her gentle nature. Prayers and love to the Abrecht family. - Lee Adams

  • September 09, 2020
    Dawn Bowersox says:
    What a Wonder Woman Mrs. Helen was! A loving, caring, adventurous lady!! Heaven has gained the sweetest angel! And GOD knows we need as many of those as we can get. My thoughts and prayers and love to the family!

  • September 08, 2020
    Bob Chandonia says:
    The Chandonia family sends our deepest condolences and prayers. Our families shared many gatherings and great vacations together.