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Opal "Bernie" Kolpin

December 19, 2018
Estherville News

Funeral services for Opal "Bernie" Kolpin, 95, of Estherville, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Estherville with Pastor Thomas Marth officiating. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery, Estherville. She passed away on Dec. 17, 2018, surrounded by her family at Good Samaritan Home in Estherville.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21 at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

Opal "Bernie" Bernadine Kolpin, daughter of Frank L. and Nancy A. (Francis) Banning, was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa, on April 15, 1923.

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Bernie graduated from Spirit Lake High School in 1941 and was united in marriage to Leland Kolpin in Spirit Lake on December 3, 1944. She provided loving daycare for many years and took her love of cooking to her work in the Red Owl deli. She enjoyed working in her garden, attending sporting events with Leland and spending time with her grandchildren. Bernie has made her home at Good Samaritan since April of 2015.

She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Estherville serving on Altar Guild, LWML, Aquascilla Club and using her skills in the kitchen for church suppers and community events. In addition to her God, family was everything to her.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Niles (Larry) of Estherville and Molly Gommels (Richard) of Rochester, Minn.; three granddaughters, Michelle, Sarah and Lesley and four great-grandchildren, Kyle, Paige, Kayla and Franky.

Bernie was preceded in death by her husband Leland (October 6, 2013), her parents and siblings Frank Banning, George Banning and Leah Peters. This Christmas she will have a family reunion in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Avera Holy Family Hospital and Estherville Good Samaritan Memory Care Unit.



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