Opal Gartzke, 99
Blue Earth – Opal Gartzke, age 99, of Blue Earth, died Jan. 1, 2011, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth.
Funeral Services were held Jan. 5, 2011, at Patton Funeral Home, in Blue Earth. The Rev. Arthur Keith officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.
Opal was born Oct. 16, 1911, at Verona Township, the daughter of Ervin and Emma (King) Gartzke. She was raised and educated in Verona Township and Blue Earth where she was a 1930 graduate of Blue Earth High School. She earned her RN degree from Ancker Hospital in St. Paul in 1933 and began working at Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. She enlisted in the Army Nurses Corps during World War II and served from 1942 to 1945. She returned to Gillette Children’s Hospital where she was an RN all of her career. She was a member of the Red Cross, Ancker Nurses Alumni Association, St. Paul American Legion, Degree of Honor Star of the Union Chapter 11 in St. Paul, International Order of Good Templers in Minneapolis and was a longtime member of the Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth.
Opal is survived by sister, Harriet Ehrich, of Blue Earth; nieces and nephews, Ione Weber, of Cook, Joyce Sladek, of LeCenter, Karen Osberg, of Elmore, Audrey Bleess, of Blue Earth, Barry Ehrich, of Blue Earth, Kristy Johnson, of Alden, Eileen Mensing, of Cleveland, Duane Gartzke, of Blue Earth and John Gartzke, of Blue Earth.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Frances Gartzke; and brothers, Harold, Floyd, Roland and Vernon Gartzke.
Expressions of sympathy are preferred in the form of memorial donations to the Gillette Children’s Foundation, the Union Gospel Mission of St. Paul or the Red Cross of Faribault County.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com