Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Opal M. Benedict

Opal M. (nee: Hannon) “ Auntie Midge or Mrs. B.” Benedict, 86, was born into eternal life on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at Hospice House in Pleasant Prairie. She was born in Green Bay, on November 29, 1922, the daughter of David and Alvina (Wheelock) Hannon.

Opal was united in marriage to George Benedict on March 20, 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a graduate of Wm. Horlick High School “Class of 1940” and attended Gateway College, earning a degree in Accounting. Opal was employed at Racine County Human Services for over seven years until her retirement. She was a faithful member of Northside Calvary Church since 1982, was church treasurer for over 17 years, along with being Sunday School treasurer.

Opal had a gift for teaching, she found great enjoyment in playing cards, especially Schafskopf, was known for her famous Kolaches, just to list of few of her many talents. She was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. Opal was known as “The sweet lady with the pleasant smile.” She had an unwavering faith, which was an inspiration to her family and friends.

Opal is survived by her loving children, Linda (Guy) Rannow, George and Sue (nee: Wilkinson) Benedict, Robert and Kristen (nee: Lindholm) Benedict, and Rod Benedict; five grandchildren, Kim (nee: Rannow) Coan, Heidi (Steve) Stublaski, Elton (Lisa) Benedict, Kelsey and Kaitlyn Uncles. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Trent Rannow, Kelsie and Tommy Stublaski, Casey Coan, Cohen and Morgan Benedict and Matthew Uncles; one brother, David (Bev) Hannon; one brother-in-law, Dan Clemmerson; and one sister-in-law, June Benedict. Opal is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, on January 22, 1976; three sisters, Hazel Nitz, Sylvia Lauterbach and LaVerne Clemmerson; one brother, Melvin Hannon.

Funeral services honoring and remembering Opal’s life will be held at Northside Calvary Church, 5734 Douglas Ave., on Saturday, August 22, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jason Holm officiating. Private burial will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Northside Calvary Church or Hospice Alliance have been suggested.

Opal’s entire family would like to extend a very special thank you to Community Care, Willowgreen, WFH-All Saints Staff, Lincoln Lutheran Village, Hospice Alliance, and special friend Marion Rognsvoog, for their loving care that they provided to our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine 262 632-4479

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