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home : obituaries : obituaries May 29, 2016

9/17/2013 9:45:00 AM
Opal E. (Longwell) Hedlund

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

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato with Rev. Michael Nelson officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Cemetery immediately following the services. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at North Crow River Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church, Sunset Cemetery Association, Kingston Legion Auxiliary, or donor's choice.

Opal is survived by her 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, Sexton in 1994; son-in-law, Jim Anderson; brothers, LaVerne and Merton; sisters, Alvina Ferrier and Lois Rinkel.

Opal was born on Feb. 24, 1920, in Maine Prairie Township, Stearns County to Frank and Edith (Cornall) Longwell. She grew up in Maine Prairie Township, attending country school at Brown School District 32. She attended Kimball High School and was a 1938 graduate. Opal married William Sexton Hedlund on 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, Calif., area for a short time while Sexton worked in the naval shipyards. They returned to Minnesota and eventually purchased a farm adjacent to the Hedlund family farm in Kingston Township where she 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 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.





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