OPAL REESE

o-reese.jpgOpal Reese died on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at Episcopel Church Home in St. Paul, MN. She was 82 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE Friday, July 20th at 1:00 P.M. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Chapel. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Friday at the chapel.

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Opal Louise Reese, was born on a farm in rural Kanabec County and lived there until moving to St. Paul to be close to her children. She attended Mora High School and graduated in 1942. In February 1944 Opal married Glen Reese. They made their home in Warman, MN and raised their four children there.

During her life, Opal pursued many occupations. She worked in a diner where she met her husband Glen. During WWII she was a riveter for the Flying Boxcar airplane, also building generators for the PT boats. Glen and Opal owned and operated the Warman Store and Garage and drove school bus for the Warman School. Most people remember her for her many years as a bookkeeper and bank teller at Peoples National bank. After retiring she worked part time for Mora drug.

Handy at home as well, she enjoyed sewing, gardening and baking. The family at various times raised sheep, hogs, and horses. Opal loved animals and the family had many pets as well, including dogs, squirrels, skunks, rabbits and ferrets. In later life a favorite pastime was feeding and watching the hummingbirds

Opal will be remembered for her constant generosity, open heart, friendly smile and positive outlook. Countless people have experienced her hospitality. Whether they were seeking shelter for many days from a blizzard, having lunch while working on a project with Glen, or just a cup of coffee and a plate of cookies during a friendly visit, all were fed from her table with an open heart.

She is preceded in death by her parents Pearl and Alma French, husband Glen Reese, son Terry Reese and sister Florence Rosie’ Sherman. Survived by Bill and Judy (daughter) Burns, Jeff(son) and Ann Reese, Mark Reese(son), grandchildren Sarah and Matthew Burns, Michael, Louise and Benjamin Reese, Randy and Ashley (granddaughter) Niles, Leyone Dressel(sister), 2 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend their most sincere appreciation to the staff of Episcopal Church Home and Dr. James Pacala for their loving care and support.

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