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Margaret Opheim 1927-2012

December 18, 2012
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Margaret G. Opheim was held Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Nicholas Thackery officiated.

Burial was in Rush Lake Cemetery, Curlew. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Gertrude Opheim, daughter of Carl and Josephine (Chrza) Koekenhoff, was born June 26, 1927 south of Emmetsburg. She began her education in country school and graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1945. Following high school, Margaret lived in Wisconsin for a short time where she was employed as a secretary. She then moved back to Emmetsburg and went to work for Ted's Super Value.

On Feb. 12, 1950 Margaret was united in marriage to Glenn Henry Opheim at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Margaret and Glenn farmed for one year near Terril and then moved to their present farm near Cylinder where she has lived since 1950.

Margaret was a devoted member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was active in Sarah Circle. On Sundays, Margaret looked forward to going to their cabin on Lost Island Lake and enjoying the day with her family. Each summer she raised a large garden and still was raising chickens and collecting eggs. Margaret was an avid card player and was involved in several card clubs in the area. She also spent many hours volunteering at Lakeside Lutheran Home.

Margaret passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 at the Palo Alto County Hospital, at the age of 85.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and an infant sister, Helen Koekenhoff.

She is survived by her children, Dale (LuAnn) Opheim of Graettinger, Barb Wempen of Algona, Gene (Deb) Opheim of Cylinder, and Dan (Kim) Opheim of Cylinder; her grandchildren, Dave (Kristi) Wempen, Jody (Tony) Cink, Jennifer (Loren) Hoffman, Scott (Heather) Opheim, Aaron Opheim, Angela Noethe, Austin (Brandi) Opheim, Justin Opheim and Ashley Opheim; great grandchildren, Madelyn, Katelyn, Trayton and Carter Cink, Ella and Drew Wempen, Ryley, Anna and Emma Hoffman, Hannah Noethe, Addison and Aidyn Opheim; a brother, Alfred Koekenhoff; and nephew, David Koekenhoff.

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