Opal J. Bowers

Opal Juanita Bowers, 86, of Edmond, Okla., the daughter of Oscar Joseph and Edith (Dahlstrom) Bosse’ was born Nov. 23, 1926 in Princeton, Wis.

She died in Leon, Iowa on Feb. 16, 2013, while traveling.

Opal grew up in Wayzata. She married George William Bowers on March 8, 1948 in Mason City, Iowa. They were blessed with four daughters, Sandra, Barbara, Betty and Nancy. George worked construction, so the family lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Iowa. They spent many years in Forest Lake, and that was where the children graduated from high school. While there, Opal worked at Der Lack Haus restaurant. She later was a receptionist for her daughter Barbara’s medical clinic.

Opal and George retired to Leesburg, Fla. and seven years ago moved to Edmond, Okla.

Opal was an excellent baker and seamstress. She enjoyed bird watching. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, serving as past president.

Preceding her in death were her parents; daughter, Sandra Bowers; sister, Dolores Havell; brother, Neil Moe.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, George Bowers; children, Barbara Bowers and husband Douglas Olson of Orono, Betty Bowers and husband Barry Rockler of Edmond, Okla., Nancy Wainwright and husband Rick of Denver, Colo., and Richard Bowers of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; George’s siblings, Arnie and Bea Bowers and June and Elmer Gaddes, all of Pine City, and Joyce and Jerry Larson of St. Paul; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Memorials preferred to the Fairview Foundation/Southdale Medical Oncology Fund, 2344 Energy Park Dr., St. Paul, MN 55108.