: 11:00 am on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids, MN.
VISITATION: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, MN; with a prayer service at 6:00 pm; and for one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.
INTERMENT: St. Peters Catholic Cemetery, Park Rapids, MN.
SURVIVORS: Her daughter, Jane Marie Neis of Montclair, VA; her sons-in-law, Oliver Kendall and Gary Harkcom; her daughters-in-law, Julie and Paula Neis; her special friend, Leonard Renn of Park Rapids; her brother, Joe Robbins of Park Rapids; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild.
OPAL ALVINA NEIS-RUTER
June 15, 1925 – March 12, 2011
Opal Alvina Neis-Ruter, age 85 of Park Rapids, MN passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga, MN.
Opal was born on June 15th, 1925 in Park Rapids, MN to Noah and Delsie (Reeves) Robbins. It was in Park Rapids that Opal attended public school and grew into womanhood. She was united in marriage to Sylvester John Neis in 1946. This union was blessed with five precious children: Joseph, Roger, Diana, Daniel and Jane. Opal dedicated herself to making a loving home for her husband and children. Since her husband worked in commercial construction, they resided in many states and cities throughout the northwestern United States. Opal will be long remembered for her delicious cooking and baking; especially her wonderful caramel rolls and doughnuts. In addition to caring for her family, she also worked as a housekeeper for area resorts, motels and private homes. Opal also put her cooking skills into play and worked as a cook for several area restaurants. She loved the outdoors; especially, when she could be working in her garden nurturing her produce into fruitful abundance to can for her family and friends. She also enjoyed raising beautiful flowers into colorful splendor for all to see and enjoy. When time allowed, Opal enjoyed angling for bluegills in her favorite fishing spots. She had a profound love for animals; especially her cats and her dogs, “Biscuit” and “Sam”. She loved music and enjoyed dancing in her younger years. Above all, Opal had devoted her life to her children and grandchildren who she loved with all her heart. She had endured the pain and deep grief of the deaths of four of her children.
Opal will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Jane Marie Neis of Montclair, VA; her sons-in-law, Oliver Kendall and Gary Harkcom; her daughters-in-law, Julie and Paula Neis; her special friend, Leonard Renn of Park Rapids; her brother, Joe Robbins of Park Rapids; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four children: Joseph who died in 1982, Roger who died in infancy, Diana and Daniel who both died just nine days apart after waging a courageous battle against cancer in 2010.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 17, 2011 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Park Rapids, MN with Father Tom Friedl officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 6:00 P.M. at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, MN and for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Active casketbearers will be Jean Carlson, Katie Neis, Brittany Carlson, Christy Masteller, Charlene Entwistle, and Rebecca Neis. Honorary casketbearers will be Opal’s Great Grandchildren and Great Great grandchild. Interment will be made in St. Peters Cemetery in Park Rapids, MN.
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