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Opal E. Hedlund, 93

Opal Elaine (Longwell) Hedlund, age 93, of Cokato, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

She was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Maine Prairie Township, Stearns County, to Frank and Edith (Cornall) Longwell.

Opal grew up in Maine Prairie Township, attending country school at Brown School District 32. She later attended Kimball High School and was a 1938 graduate.

Opal married William Sexton Hedlund June 29, 1940, at the Kimball Church of Christ parsonage. They initially made their home on the Hedlund family farm, and briefly farmed with Sexton’s brother, Hjalmer, near Rothsay.

During World War II, they moved to the San Francisco, CA area for a short time while Sexton worked in the naval shipyards. They then returned to Minnesota and eventually purchased a farm adjacent to the Hedlund family farm in Kingston Township, where Opal lived her remaining years.

Opal spent most of her adult life as a mother and farm wife, but also worked for a number of years at Fabri-Tek Manufacturing in Cokato. She was an accomplished seamstress, and loved to crochet and quilt.

Opal is survived by her five children, Kay Anderson of Dassel, Dean of Annandale, Darrel (Nancy) of Kingston, Linda (Alan) Hewitt of Kasota, and Dale of Kingston; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, in 1994; son-in-law Jim Anderson; brothers LaVerne and Merton; and sisters Alvina Ferrier and Lois Rinkel.

Opal was a member of the Litchfield chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the Kingston American Legion Auxiliary, Kingston Garden Club, and Grace Lutheran Church.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, with the Rev. Michael Nelson officiating. Interment followed at Sunset Cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, Sept. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church, and continued Saturday, one hour prior to the services at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church, Sunset Cemetery Association, Kingston Legion Auxiliary, or donor’s choice.

Arrangements were by the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.