A Mass of Christian Burial for Opal Korleski of Emmetsburg will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 28, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Emmetsburg.
The family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, March 27, at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. A CDA Rosary will be said at 4 p.m. and a parish vigil service is at 6 p.m.
Opal M. Korleski was born Jan. 6, 1912, on the family farm northeast of Emmetsburg where she was raised. She was the daughter of John Adam and Margaret Ann (Conway) Kliegl. She was a graduate of Country School #5 of Palo Alto County.
On Nov. 26, 1936, Opal was united in marriage to Lawrence Korleski at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger. The couple farmed in the Emmetsburg area until Larry entered the United States Army during WWII. Upon his return, they moved to Estherville where they made their home. Opal worked for many years at Montgomery Ward.
Opal was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville and Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. She was active in the Altar and Rosary Societies as well as Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Opal enjoyed volunteering her time to help at St. Patrick's, and she was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need.
On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Opal passed away at the Emmetsburg Care Center.
Left to cherish her memory are her two brothers: George Kliegl and his wife, Evelyn, and Larry Kliegl and his wife, Leola, all of Emmetsburg; her sister, Virginia Currans of Emmetsburg; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larry; sisters: Josephine Fitzgerald, Teresa Kelly, Marjorie Wright, Ellen Kliegl, and Gertrude Fogarty; brothers: Robert, Joseph and John Kliegl. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larry; sisters: Josephine Fitzgerald, Teresa Kelly, Marjorie Wright, Ellen Kliegl, and Gertrude Fogarty; brothers: Robert, Joseph and John Kliegl.