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OPHEIM, Evelyn Louise 1924 - 2015


Posted By: Pat Ludeke (email)
Date: 10/5/2017 at 01:51:35

Evelyn Louise Opheim, 91, of West Des Moines, Iowa formerly of Clear Lake, Iowa died Saturday July 18, 2015 at the Iowa Methodist Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa.

Celebration of Life service for Evelyn will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday July 30, 2015 at the Evangelical Free Church, Clear Lake with Rev. David Wiersbe officiating. Family will greet friends from 9:30 AM until time of service. Burial will be in the Clear Lake Cemetery.

Family suggests memorials to John Stoddard Cancer Center, 1200 Pleasant St., Des Moines, Iowa 50309; Samaritanís Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina 28607 or charity of your choice.

Evelyn was born February 15, 1924 at home in Stanwood, Iowa the daughter of Christian Henry and Wilhelmine Caroline (Lehrman) Haesemeyer. While in high school she was involved in basketball and music and at the age of 16 won a national vocal contest. She graduated from Stanwood High School in 1941 and from Stephens College in 1943.

Evelyn married Dr. Robert Opheim June 19, 1945 in Stanwood, Iowa. They moved to Des Moines in 1949 where Robert was an oral surgeon. While in Des Moines she was involved in church choir at Trinity Lutheran Church and was president of the Dental Wives Society. In 1964 they moved to Clear Lake, Iowa, where she was involved in Dorcas Society and Progress Club.

Evelyn will be remembered especially for her gift of hospitality, along with her love of traveling, fishing, flowers, yard work and reading.

Evelyn is survived by her children Judith Irene (Robert) Griffin, South Salem, New York, Dr. Kent Robert (Barbara) Opheim, Waterloo, Iowa, Carolin Leith (John) Logan, West Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Eric Francis (Lisa) Opheim, Grundy Center, Iowa and Sharon Louise Opheim, West Des Moines, Iowa; fourteen grandchildren Nicol (Ben), Amber (Matt) , Joe (Sandy) , Katherine (Greg), Michael, Mark (Courtney), David (Alexandria), Erin (Jeff), Matt, Mikayla, Olivia, Olivia, Zachary, and Taylor; fourteen great-grandchildren Sophia, Andrew, Caleb, Emerson, Kian, Bode, Reese, Johnna, Max, Stella, Elijah Jace, Titus, Micaiah, and Reagan.

She was preceded in death by her parents Christian and Wilhelmine; husband Robert; one sister Irene Jacob and two brothers Wilfred and Carl Haesemeyer.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, Iowa. 641-357-2193. ColonialChapels.com


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