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Marie Opatril

Aug. 7, 1919-June 19, 2008

Marie M. Opatril, 88, of Hawley, died Thursday, June 19, 2008, at Palliative Care, MeritCare Hospital, Fargo.

Marie was born to John and Caroline (Moklebust) Kluck on Aug. 7, 1919, in a farmhouse near Downer, Minn. She grew up on a farm near Downer and worked for area families until her marriage to Rudy Opatril on June 27, 1938 in Moorhead. Following their marriage they farmed for 30 years, retiring in September 1968. Rudy died on April 2, 1986 and Marie remained on the farm until 2006. She recently resided at Serenity Assisted Living in Dilworth, Minn.

When Marie's children were younger, she was active in 4-H. She was always active in Lysne Lutheran Church, serving as the treasurer for the Circle and Ladies Aid and as the Superintendent for the Sunday school program.

She was a former member of the Homemaker's Group, Hobby Club, Hawley Gardening Club, TOPS Group, and a lifetime charter member of the International Hawley Volkssport Association, hosting two Volkssports events. She walked in Volkssport in 23 states, and enjoyed hiking in Norway in 1983 and Israel in 1990. For many years, Marie housed and cared for Ithica, a Golden Eagle hatched from an egg artificially inseminated by Dr. Jim Grier, which was donated to the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton.

Marie enjoyed gardening, canning, dancing, visiting with family and friends, and especially hosting family gatherings during the holidays. Marie was interested in news and subscribed to the Hawley Herald and Fargo Forum, seemingly forever. She will be missed dearly by her family and numerous friends.

Marie is survived by her children, Milton (Sandra) Opatril of Dilworth, Judy Lee (Keith) Gregerson of Fargo, Richard (Paulette) Opatril of Hitterdal, Duane Opatril of Hawley and Merlyn Opatril of Glyndon, Minn.; 14 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Rudy; one son, Ronald; three sisters, including one at infancy, Alma at age 9, and Evelyn Pender; and five brothers, William, Sylvester, Melvin, Alfred and Everett Kluck.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, with a 6:45 p.m. prayer service, at Wright Funeral Home, Hawley.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Hawley Lutheran Church, Hawley (held there instead of Lysne due to size), with interment to follow at Hawley Church Cemetery, rural Hawley.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wright Funeral Home, Hawley.