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Opal J. Lofdahl

October 24, 1929 July 6, 2019
Opal J. Lofdahl
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Opal J. Lofdahl was born October 24, 1929 to Orrin and Jennie (Hampton) Smith at the family farm southeast of Bertha, Nebraska. She went to Prairie View Rural School for kindergarten through 8th grade and then graduated from Tekamah High School in 1946. Opal began her 70-year teaching career at the age of 16 at Bertha rural School that Fall.

In 1949, Opal married Willard Lofdahl and they farmed south of Craig, Nebraska until 1956 then moved to the Lyons area. They farmed there until Willard's death in January of 1998.

Opal taught in several rural schools until 1968 when she began teaching 6th grade at Lyons Elementary School. She became the librarian at Lyons High School in the early 80’s. After her retirement she continued to volunteer at Lyons Decatur Northeast School reading to the beginning classes. She also enjoyed going to the Chatt Center in Tekamah and working at the rural school exhibits during the Burt County Fair.

Opal loved riding horses, playing softball, dancing, singing, and many Moostash Joe tours to Branson Missouri. She hosted many reunions and picnics for family and friends. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Lyons Nebraska. Opal will always be remembered for her smile, her laughter, and big sincere hugs.

Opal is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willard; brother, Bill Smith: sister, Velma Cooper; brothers-in-law: Phillip Cooper, Gerald Johnson; sisters-in-law: Iris Smith, Iris McGowan; and her niece, Karen (Smith) Myers.

Opal is survived by her sister, Marjorie Johnson; her brother, Dan (Elaine) Smith; sister-in-law, Rose (Carroll) Nyquist; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and countless students.

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5:00 PM 7/9/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/9/2019 7:00:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Lyons

204 Main Street
Lyons, NE 68038

Family will be receiving friends.

Pelan Funeral Services Lyons
204 Main Street Lyons 68038 NE
United States

Funeral Service




10:30 AM 7/10/2019 10:30:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church, Lyons

340 Everett Street
Lyons, NE 68038

First Presbyterian Church, Lyons
340 Everett Street Lyons 68038 NE
United States

Cemetery Details


Craig Cemetery Final Resting Place

Craig, NE 68019

Craig 68019 NE
United States

Memorial Contribution

To the family for future designation.


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