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James "Jim" O. Opatz
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Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for James O. Opatz, age 89, who passed away Monday at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center surrounded by his family. Rev. Timothy Baltes will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be after 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 15th at the church.

Jim was born September 1, 1928 in Sauk Rapids to Simon & Adeline (Sobiech) Opatz. He served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Jim married Mary Lou Farnam on January 14, 1953 and they lived in Sartell all their married life. He owned and operated Opatz Barber Shop in Sauk Rapids for 63 years, retiring in 2013. Jim was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Sartell American Legion Post #277 and the VFW. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, visiting with people and watching sports especially the Vikings and Twins. Jim was a hardworking, faithful person with a great sense of humor.

Jim is survived by his children, Mark of Sartell, Bill of Sauk Rapids, Bob (Becky) of St. Stephen, Carrie Larson of Marietta, Greg (Kathy) of Sartell, Lisa Frank (Leo Supan) of Sartell, and Laura (Brent) Elliott of Sartell; brothers and sisters, Ralph (Geta) of Arizona, Eileen Berger of White Bear Lake, Gerry (Peg) of Bloomington, Jane (Jake) Lynch of Bloomington, and Donald (Margie) of North St. Paul; 24 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Lou on Jan. 24, 2008; son, Michael on Nov. 21, 2007; and daughter, Cathy Burgmeier on April 22, 2016.

The family would like to thank the nurses at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center for all the loving care given to Jim.


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Upcoming Events

Visitation

Friday

15

Dec

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

219 2nd Street N.
Sartell, MN 56377

Mass of Christian Burial

Friday

15

Dec

12:00 PM
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

219 2nd Street N.
Sartell, MN 56377

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery

574 2 1/2 St. N.
Sartell, MN 56377

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