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July 18, 1918 – Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Service Information
Saturday, December 15
2:00 p.m.

Visitation Information

Opal Spike

Age 89 of Oakdale, and formerly of Buffalo, died peacefully Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury.

Opal Harriet Sandness was born on July 18, 1918 in La Moure County, North Dakota to Rasmus and Kari Carrie (Aarheim) Sandness. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at High Prairie Lutheran Church near La Moure. Opal attended rural school and graduated from La Moure High School. She then studied business at Interstate Business Collage in Fargo, North Dakota. During World War II, Opal worked at the Naval Supply Depot in Seattle, Washington. While living in Seattle she was introduced to Raymond by her brother Teddy. They were united in marriage on July 21, 1946 at High Prairie Lutheran Church. They moved to Minnesota and together they owned and operated bakeries in Delano and Monticello. Opal was very active in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Monticello where they were members. In 1969, they moved to Buffalo and became members of Zion Lutheran Church where she was also very active. While living in Buffalo, Opal worked at Burkland™s Department store, then at the Wright County Court House. She retired in 1980. When Opal wasn™t working, she enjoyed shopping and eating out, corresponding by mail, and traveling. After she and Raymond retired, they enjoyed going on bus tours.

Opal Spike is survived by her children: Dean (Kathy) Spike, of Annandale, Cary (Bill) Estrem, of Woodbury, and Kirby (Julie) Spike, of Lake Elmo; grandchildren: Sarah (Steve) Yochum, and Anders Spike, Colin (Kitsi) Estrem and Merrill Estrem, and Rachel, Nathan, and Hannah Spike; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Raymond; and nine siblings.

Funeral Services were held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 15 at Zion Lutheran Church. Pastor Steve Svoboda officiated. The congregation sang: How Great Thou Art, and O, Come All Ye Faithful. Phyllis Bengtson and Pastor Becky Sogge sang: Beautiful Savior, and Great Is Thy Faithfulness. Diane Johnson played the organ. Casket Bearers were: Colin Estrem, Anders Spike, Nathan Spike, Gary Sandness, Jon Sandness, and Ray Sandness.

The Interment was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Opal™s visitation was held at The Peterson Chapel, on Friday 4-8 p.m. and resumed at Church, one hour before the funeral.

Memorials are preferred to: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Joanne (Holthaus) Thompson

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dear Mother Opal. She was truly a kind hearted person. We shared many laughs together in my beauty shop and I hated to lose her as a customer when she moved away. The Peterson Chapel did contact me to do Opal’s hair and I would have been honored to do so but I could not fit it into my schedule.
    May God’s Healing Power & His Peace be with you today and always.
    Sincerely, Joanne Thompson

  2. Candy Gillard

    Cary & Bill
    My deepest sympathy goes out to you at this time. May your happy memories help keep your Mother alive and loved in your heart.


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