MARY D. OPHEIM, passed away at the Colonial Manor in Lakefield on Thursday, December 09, 2010. Memorial Mass will be on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 11:00 AM with Father Larry Brixius officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Good Shepherd Cemetery – Jackson.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the Service at the Church.
MARY DOROTHY OPHEIM, was born on February 11, 1921 in Jackson, Minnesota, the daughter of Herman and Minnie (Shearer) Yeadicke. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1938. She was united in marriage to Victor LeRoy Opheim on January 17, 1944 at the St. Wenceslaus parish house. She and Victor lived near El Paso, Texas while he was in flight school. After he was deployed, they moved back to Jackson. She was a homemaker and then in the late 60’s went to work at Naturals in Jackson. In 1970, Mary and Victor moved to Lubbock, Texas. She worked as a research librarian at the Foundation Library from 1971-2000. They moved back to Jackson in 2003. Victor passed away on October 21, 2005. Mary became a resident at the Colonial Manor in Lakefield on March 6, 2007. She passed away there on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at the age of 89 years, 9 months, and 28 days.
Mary was baptized and confirmed at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jackson. She enjoyed canning fresh fruit from their fruit trees in Texas, sewing, knitting, and reading. She was a kind, sweet, intelligent, and valiant woman. Mary was loved by all who knew her.
Mary is survived by a daughter, Vicki (David) Olson of Jackson, Minnesota, two sons, Gene (Joy) Opheim of Tallahassee, Florida, Myles Opheim of Lubbock, Texas, four grandchildren, Hillary (Christopher) Straigis, Jason (Aliki) Flom, Carrie (Kevin) Leveille, and Luke Brennan, seven great-grandchildren, Sophia and Zoe Straigis, Pandora and Kaliope Flom, Seneva and Brennan Leveille, and Kollin Brennan.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 61 years, Victor, two children, Joyce Opheim and Curtis Opheim, two grandchildren, Myles and Erika Brennan, three sisters, Ruby Dunker, Edith Prom, and Cecilia Libra.
Blessed be the memory of Mary Dorothy Opheim.