Opal M. Kemp

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Opal M. Kemp, age 93, of Alta Vista, IApassed awayon Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Belle Plaine Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, MN. Opal Mayme Amelia Falck was born on May 1, 1916 to Fred and Laura (Koch) Falck in Ridgeway, IA. She attended country school near Ridgeway and graduated from Crestwood High School in Cresco. Opal was then employed by Lind Photography Studio in Cresco for5 years. She was united in marriage to Edward W. Kemp on June 28, 1939 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco. The couple made their home in Alta Vista where Edward operated Kemps Service Station. Later they purchased a farm south of Alta Vista which Opal owned at the time of her death. Opal worked for Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City for16 years. For the last 5 years she has resided at Belle Plaine Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, MN. She enjoyed helping people, fishing with her husband Edward, and traveling the world. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Alta Vista and was a very active member of her church community. Opal also belonged to the Garden Club. She will always be remembered for her smile. Opal is survived by her daughter Judy ( Jack) Adams of Jordan, MN; son Jerry (Tim Gibson) Kemp of San Diego, CA; sister Ollie M. Piehn of Harmony, MN; granddaughter Tammy ( Alan) Pickar of Belle Plaine, MN; great grandchildren Kyeanna and Branden Pickar both of Belle Plaine, MN. She is also survived by her nephew Jack Piehn of Rochester, MN and niece Linda (Ken) Halverson of Kasson, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward W. Kemp, on November 8, 2001 and 2 infant sisters. Cemetery: Burial will be in the Union Cemetery at Alta Vista. Visitation: Visitation will be from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at Zion Lutheran Church in Alta Vista, IA. Service: Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at the Zion Lutheran Church in AltaVista.

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  1. The angels opened their arms wide and in heavenly harmony
    sang “Welcome home sweet Opal, welcome home.”

  2. Dear Jerry,
    I remember meeting your mom several years ago at Monroe. It was brief, but I clearly recall thinking what a nice person she was and how lucky I thought you were to have a mom like her. Her living testament is you and your sister. I know what a wonderful person you are and I’m sure it is, in large part, to your mom’s influence in your life.
    No matter when, this is not an easy time and I pray for you and your family.
    Your friend,

  3. Jerry and Tim,
    In Memory of your Mother…..This world is not conclusion, A sequel stands beyond, Invisible, as music But positive, as sound. (Enily Dickinson)
    At this momment in your lifetime You may feel that your alone And that your loss is something No one else has ever know…But may it comfort you to find That thoughts are with you there And that you’re really not alone, For you have friends who care !!
    Thinking of you and your entire Family with Sympathy,
    Love Steve

  4. Jerry,

    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

  5. Jerry,
    So sorry to hear about your mother. If there is anything I can do, let me know. You were blessed to have her so long, and now she is in a much better place.
    Love, Roxanne and family

  6. Rudy remembers your Mom as a very kind person and one of the most hard working people he has ever met. Both your Mom and your Dad were so very proud of their children. You were blessed to have such wonderful people as parents. Our thoughts and sympathy are with you and your family.
    Gary and Rudy

  7. Judy – we were lucky having our Mothers as long as we did – know that we are thinking of you –

  8. judy and jack,may your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

  9. Our Dear Friend Jerry and Family, At this time of deep and very personal Sadness.Please know that Bill and I’s caring thoughts and heart felt stmpathy are with you.Hopingall the things that made your Mom a special gift from GOD will forever BLESS your life in Beautiful Memories.I can see your Mother now sitting on the “FRONT PORCH” of HEAVEN with Edward waiting for HER love ones to come HOMEWell just BLESS OPALES heart Lots Love hugs an d Kisses Barry and Bill

  10. Jerry,
    You are in my prayers during this difficult time. I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing but she is truly in a MUCH better place. Now you have a very special Guardian Angel watching over you. Please be strong and know that some day you will be reunited in Heaven.

  11. Tammy – I’m so sorry to hear of Opal’s passing. I remember her well from growing up near Alta Vista, and she was a very nice lady. Treasure all the good memories.

  12. Jerry and Tim
    My deepest sympathy at the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.

  13. Judy, I remember your mom and her smile. I just asked about her when I was home about a month ago. My prayers are with you and your brother.

  14. Judy, I remember your mom and her smile. I just asked about her when I was home about a month ago. My prayers are with you and your brother.

  15. Opal Mayme Amelia
    Here’s hoping that you and Dad are catching lots of fish to feed the many there in heaven.
    Here’s hoping that being an angel is all you thought it would be.
    Someday we will be there to join you.
    God will care for you till then.
    Judy and Jack

  16. Grandma and Great Grandma Opal you will be missed. Everytime we look at our new farm babies you will be remembered for all that you taught us about caring and sharing love with everyone and everything.
    We love you and we know you are very happy with Grandpa now. 🙂

  17. Judy,
    My sincerest sympathy to you and your family with the passing of your mother.
    Donna Block

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