Opal Ostrum

Opal Ostrum

Opal Blanche Ostrum, age 101, of Monroe Center, Wisconsin died Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Villa
Pines Living Center in Friendship, Wisconsin.

No services were held per Opal’s wishes. She will be laid to rest at the Monroe Center Cemetery, Town of Monroe, Adams County, Wisconsin.

Opal was born September 17, 1911 in Oakley, Illinois to Thomas and Lula (Hays) Eades. She and her family moved to Monroe Center in 1929. During WWII, she worked at Badger Ordnance and later in Mauston at the Mauston Garment Factory. Opal married Leo R. Ostrum in April of 1947 in Nekoosa, Wisconsin.

Opal enjoyed listening to baseball games, cooking for her family, going to rummage sales, and helping other people.

Opal was a longtime member of the Monroe Center Community Church and ladies aid, and the Shadow Sisters.

Memorials may be directed to her family.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Lula (Hays) Eades; husband, Leo R. Ostrum; two sisters: Fern Lawson and Verna Hazel Roberts; and three brothers: Paul Eades, Lloyd Eades, and Raymond Eades.
Son: Larry Ostrum of Monroe Center, Wisconsin
Son: Darrel Ostrum of Monroe Center, Wisconsin
Further survived by nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends.

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  1. Jennifer (Wampler) Armstrong says:

    I took care of Opal at Villa Pines. Opal was a wondeful lady. Its just not the same without her on the 100 wing. She was a pistal at times. There was never a dull moment with her. She will be greatly missed.

  2. Linda Wormet says:

    My mom, Esther, and myself, had the opportunity to meet Opal while visiting my Aunt Milly at Villa Pines. They were on the same wing. My mom in particular, always had to stop by Opal when seeing her in the hallway and would always take her hand and say, “Hi beautiful, love ya”! She even had me stitch that saying on a blanket with a little teddy bear to give her for Christmas! My mom always looked forward to seeing Opal’s sweet smile! She will be sadly missed!!

  3. Larry and Becky Oleson says:

    Larry and Darrel,
    You have our sympathy on the loss of your mother. We will remember you both in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Lynn Hendricks says:

    So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you at ths time of sorrow and always..

  5. Judy Alderman says:

    So sorry for your loss

  6. LuAnn & Wally Raymer says:

    Opal was a big part of my life growing up in Monroe Center. Opal was loving caring person. An extremely hard worker and a role model for many. our thoughts are with Darrel & Larry & the rest of the family, my you all find peace knowing that she is now with the Lord

  7. Jalisa Jameson says:

    Opal was my great aunt & a best friend to me. My heart is aching so much from her loss, & i know how hard you feel the loss, Larry & Darrel. I have so many, many wonderful memories to carry me on of times spent with her. Shopping for hours, laughing at some stupid thing i told her, staying out til almost 10. Or coming over & drinking coffee & talking for hours, listening to the stories of way back when she came up from Illinois in a Model T (or A), telling me how long it took & getting out to fix tires every so many miles or looking thru old pictures. I loved, so much, hearing all the tales. She is the last of a great generation who knew what hard times really were, and yet she kept on, never complaining about how hard things must have been. She was my best friend whom i feel so truly blessed & honored to have known & for me, i couldn’t have asked for a better great aunt. We were so close in spirit and we never had a bad word between us. Larry & Darrel, you had a wonderful mom & i’m so glad she was my aunt, who was also like a grandma to me. My heart goes out to you so much, losing a parent is so, so hard. Remember i am always here for you & don’t hesitate to call me anytime. Will miss you so much Great Aunt Opal but can’t wait til we meet again in the hereafter, when all of us will be hopefully in a better place and be pain free and able to enjoy life.

  8. Judy (Olson) Hall says:

    Larry & Darrel I’m sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. I’ve known Opal and the Eades family my whole life as I was born and raised in Monroe Center.

  9. Loren Lecy and Peggy Henriksen says:

    sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. hold her memories close

  10. Kathy and Jon Cappel says:

    Larry, sorry to hear of your mother passing.

  11. Dale Jefferson says:

    Larry and Darrel we are very sorry to hear of Aunt Opal’s passing.. She was such a wonderfull person, and so helpful to John and I..
    When Eileen was so ill many years ago, Aunt Opal, Aunt Fern Lawson, and cousen Blanch Eads, came to our home nearly every
    day to check on Eileen, and to prepair meals and keep her house for us, and do all they could for all of us. Needless to say, I’ll never forget any of them for all their concern for us.
    God’s blessings on you both,,and know that your mom is in a far better place, and her pains are all behinder her now.

  12. Larry & Evelyn Johnston(York) says:

    Larry & Darrel, Your Mom was such a swetheart. Always smiling . Truely enjoyed singing Christmas Carrols to her. The Lord has an angel, smiling in Heaven.

  13. Gale & Doris Roberts says:

    Larry and Darrel, We are sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Opal was a very good old friend and neighbor. She had a long life and we are sure she has gone to heaven . You two sons were her pride and joy.