Violet Ann (Blank) Opsahl

BELLEVILLE – Violet Ann (Blank) Opsahl, 88, went to be with the Lord at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Valley View Haven.

She was born on Feb. 10, 1925, in Grafton, Wis. She was the first born of Ray and Amelia Blank.

Violet was the beloved wife of Bruce H. Opsahl for 65 years, and is survived by him. They were blessed with six children: Mark and his wife, Nancy, of Annadale, N.J.; Douglas and his wife, Terry, of New Brittain; Paul and his wife, Tracy, of Franklin, Ohio; Elizabeth (Opsahl) Rhoades and her husband, George, of Port Royal, Thomas and his wife, Michelle, of Rutland, Vt.; B. Martin and his wife, Aine, of Portland, Ore.

She also is survived by 20 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, George Blank, and her sister, Harriet Harter .

Violet married Bruce on Aug. 28, 1948, in Lakefield, Wis., at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

She joined him in his call to ministry and moved initially to Springfield, Ill., followed by a move to Shelton, Neb.

In January 1955, Violet partnered with Bruce’s call to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Flemington, N.J. During this time Violet taught high school level English at Hunterdon Central High School for six years and subsequently acquired her master’s in guidance counseling. She was the guidance counselor at HCHS for an additional 14 years.

While she was employed at HCHS she also was very active in the St. Paul parish. She taught Sunday school, Bible classes, and was a joyful participant of the church choir and Ladies Guild.

Violet enjoyed reading to her children, taking regular walks with her husband, entertaining her grandchildren and most of all loving each person who had her attention.

After completion of their call in Flemington, Violet followed Bruce to Saylorsburg, and then on to Port Royal. During this time, she continued to touch the lives of others. It was her wonderful spirit and joyful love of the Lord that defined Violet and her relationship with all that had the honor of being with her.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today, at the Port Royal Lutheran Church, Port Royal, with the Rev. Charles L Hersberger officiating. Interment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Flemington, N.J.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 201 State Route 31, Flemington, N.J. 08822.

Rex Funeral Home, 308 Market St., Port Royal, is in charge of arrangements.