DavaDene “Davie” J. (Opatz) Schleper, age 69, of Delano, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Dec. 12, 1947, in St. Cloud, to Anthony and Erma Ann (Wolney) Opatz.
Davie grew up in St. Wendel, MN, and graduated from Holdingford High School in 1965. Through the years, she has lived in St. Cloud, Waite Park, Buffalo, and Delano.
Davie spent her life taking care of her family and working at various nursing and assisted living homes. She was a simple woman who enjoyed the small things in life; family, friends, laughter, good conversation, a good cup of coffee, shopping, traveling and trips to the casino.
Davie was caring, and mostly thought of others before herself, always with a smile on her face. She will be remembered for always looking at the positive in life, and will be deeply missed.
Davie was preceded in death by her parents; brother Cletus Opatz; and brother-in-law Larry Brinkmann.
She is survived by her children, Ryan (Anna) Schleper, and Rhonda (Matt) Hanson; grandchildren Nathan and Lily Hanson; sister Marlys Brinkmann; sister-in-law Mary Jo Opatz; nieces SharLayne Brinkmann and Jennifer Meyers; and nephews Gaylen Brinkmann, Tony Opatz and Tom Opatz; as well as many extended family and special friends.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delano, with a gathering of family and friends from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the Mass. Inurnment was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.