OPAL A. KOLANDER, 90, of Lakefield, passed away at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home on Wednesday May 26, 2010. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday May 29, 2010 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in rural Lakefield beginning at 10:30a.m. with Pastor Bart Mueller officiating. Burial will take place immediately following the service at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Friday May 28, 2010 from 5-7p.m. at the Osterberg-Hansen Funeral Home in Lakefield, and on Saturday one hour prior to the services at the church.In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Opal Ardyth Kolander, the daughter of Edward and Lois (Henderson) Schottle, was born on February 3, 1920 in Amboy Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota. As a youth she attended Cottonwood County Country Schools. After the sixth grade Opal went to work babysitting and waitressing, to help raise her fifteen siblings. She was baptized on April 14, 1935 and later confirmed on September 27, 1936 at the Methodist Church in Windom. On November 22, 1946 she was united in marriage to Harold Kolander at St. Peter Lutheran Church in rural Lakefield. After marriage Opal and Harold moved to the family farm, where they raised their family. They remained on the farm until August of 1995 when Harold and Opal moved into Lakefield. After Harold’s passing on April 11, 1998 Opal continued to live at home. In 2005 Opal made the move to the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Lakefield, where she passed away on Wednesday May 26, 2010 at the age of ninety years, three months, and twenty-three days.
Opal was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church for over sixty years. Opal loved her family. She liked watching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow up. She enjoyed sewing, and embroidery. She grew flowers and raised a vegetable garden, canning and cooking what she grew. Harold and Opal loved to go dancing every Saturday night at the Fox Lake Ballroom, occasionally driving up to Mankato to dance on the “Band Wagon” television show. Opal liked watching “Dallas,” when it was on TV, even making a trip to the South Fork Ranch where it was filmed. Opal also loved Elvis, taking her kids to any movie Elvis was in.
Opal is survived by her eight children; her six sons, Earl Flatgard and his fiancé Karen Ringkob of Lakefield; Lynn (Patricia) Kolander of Richmond, Texas; Wayne (Delores) Kolander of Lakefield; Craig (Norma) Kolander of Lakefield; Eldon (Karen) Kolander of Lakefield; Curtis (Lisa) Kolander of Lakefield; her two daughters, Lorna (Ronald) Distad of Blue Earth and Dina (Dennis) Morin of Waite Park, Minnesota; sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her three sisters, Orpha Kenyon of Windom, Florence Fitzgerald of Ottumwa, Iowa, and Sylvia Hansen of Windom. Other survivors include her three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law
Opal was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of fifty-one years, Harold, her two brothers and ten sisters.
Blessed be the memory of Opal Ardyth Kolander.