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LeVina E. Opsahl, 92

LeVina Eleanor (Johnson) Opsahl, age 92, of French Lake, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

She was born Oct. 19, 1924, in Parker Township, Randall, MN, to John and Amy (Lilga) Johnson. LeVina was confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls May 21, 1939.

She attended Little Falls High School until her family moved to French Lake in 1940.

LeVina graduated from Annandale High School in 1943.

As the oldest child on the family farm, LeVina was capable of completing any task, whether it was driving a team of horses, assisting with the milking, or feeding an army of farm hands during the harvest.

LeVina married Russell Opsahl Feb. 23, 1946, at Grace Lutheran Church in French Lake. She and Russell were active members of this church community most of their lives, serving on the council and committees. In addition, LeVina was a proud member of the Guidon’s Ladies Auxiliary.

LeVina and Russell began family life in Cokato. In 1959, they moved their family to Minneapolis in search of employment opportunities. LeVina enjoyed the 19 years she worked as a waitress at Parkway Restaurant in Minneapolis.

LeVina and Russell returned to their roots in French Lake in 1977, having built their retirement home, where they spent many happy years actively engaged with family, friends, and their church. LeVina enjoyed fishing at the family lake cabin, and feeding jelly to the orioles in the spring, and she loved the companionship of her two cats in her later years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell; parents, John and Amy (Lilga) Johnson; grandson, Andrew; sister Gladys Hanson; and brother Alfred.

LeVina is survived by her children, Linda (Gary) Mis, Leslie Opsahl, and Julie (Michael) Cates; grandchildren Carey (Tom) Robeson, Lori (Joe) Radunz, Chad (Shay) Cates, Sunita Shaw, and Tony Persaud; great-grandchildren Sara (Aaron) Heidebrink, Aidan Galvin, Paige (Troy) Lehto, Mackenzie Meier-Cates, Natasha (Luke) Swenson, Serenity Smith, Ashton, Cody, and Logan Cates, Athens and Apollo Radunz, and Ronnie Gall; and great-great grandchildren Andon and Braxton Heidebrink Cameron and Alex Galvin, and Noah Sewnson.

She is further survived by a sister, Ruby Wolf; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took place Thursday, Dec. 22 at North Crow River Lutheran Church, north of Cokato, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place in the spring at Grace Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peerson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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