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Opal Rosemary Habisch

Opal Rosemary Habisch, age 89, of Alexandria, formerly of Winsted, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007 at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

She was born Jan. 15, 1918 in Lake Lillian, Minn., the daughter of Bill and Rose Telecky Krasen.

Opal and Edward C. Habisch were joined in holy marriage Oct. 13, 1937, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted by Father Wey. God blessed their marriage with two daughters.

Opal was a longtime nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Winsted. She was a former head nurse in OR and ER at St. Mary’s, and also a past assistant director at the hospital.

When Opal retired from nursing, she wrote children’s stories that were published in the Herald Journal newspaper in a column entitled “Grandma Opal’s Corner.”

Opal loved people and visiting with them.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Opal is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Edward C. Habisch; a daughter, Scherey Johnson of Alexandria; grandchildren Sara Foust, John Goor, Dorothy Cox, Jennifer Marcuson, and Elizabeth Johnson; great-grandchildren Adam, Alex, Aaron, and Jack Habisch, Tommy Foust, Mercedes Marcuson, Calvin Larkins, Cassandra Larkins, Sophia Ann-Marie Johnson, and Alex, Amadais, Dominic, and Robert Goor; a son-in-law, Robert Goor of Anoka; a brother, Jim Peterson of Texas; sisters-in-law, Pat Krasen of Oregon, Rosella Remer, and Helen Habisch, both of Winsted; a brother-in-law, Alfred (Shirley) Habisch of Sturgeon Lake; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Ann Goor Aug. 26, 1991; her parents; and a brother, Orville Krasen.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Paul L. Wolf was the celebrant, and interment followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Friends called Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Chilson Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. A rosary was recited at 4:30 p.m., and a prayer service took place at 7:30 p.m.

Casket bearers were Adam, Alex, Aaron, and Jack Habisch, John Goor, Calvin Larkins, Tom L. Foust, and Tom R. Foust.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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