Opal Olga Rettman, age 95, of Darwin (Lake Stella), died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at the Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
She was born May 12, 1914, in Hassan Valley Township, McLeod County, the daughter of Adolph and Laura (Lietzau) Ondrachek. Olga was baptized at St. John’s Church, Biscay.
She grew up on the family farm and attended school at District No. 17 at Biscay. In her youth, she played with several local bands and loved to dance.
Opal was united in marriage to Edward Rettman June 17, 1936, at the First Congregational Church in Glencoe.
After living briefly at Gibbon and New Ulm, they moved to their farm on the south shore of Lake Stella at Darwin. Opal and Edward had two sons, Edward Jr. and Donald.
Opal enjoyed several trips to Florida, Texas, and Mexico with her sisters.
She was born with a green thumb, and was known as “The Tomato Lady” for growing as many as 3,000 tomato plants for area stores and residents. She was also proud of her raspberries and beautiful flowers. Olga worked hard and loved being outdoors.
In September 2007, when she could no longer live on her own, she moved to Lakeside Home in Dassel.
Olga was a long-time member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hutchinson.
She is survived by her sons, Edward Rettman Jr. and his wife, Eldonna of Hutchinson, and Donald Rettman and his wife, Georgia of Darwin; grandchildren Cindy Rettman, David Rettman, and Daniel Rettman and his wife, Jolene; a great-grandchild, Samantha Rettman; a nephew, Edward Klima, Jr.; nieces Suzanne Chrast and Delores Reinke; and cousins, neighbors, and friends.
Preceding Olga in death were her husband, Edward; brothers Clarence, Ervin, and Francis “Dick” Ondrachek; sisters Ruth Olson, Viola Klima, Hildegarde Doerr, and Velva Grace Ondrachek; and daughter-in-law Paulette Rettman.
The funeral service took place Monday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hutchinson with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Brian Brosz officiated and interment was at the Glencoe City Cemetery.
Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.