Opal Zesch Obituary

Opal Elizabeth Zesch
Opal Zesch
Opal Elizabeth Zesch

June 28, 1912 - September 2, 2012
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Opal (Mohr) Zesch, 100, traveled her final journey home on September 2, 2012, where she joined her beloved husband of 72 years, Ernie, after nine years and nine months apart.

Born at home on June 28, 1912 in rural Marshall County, IA; she was the last surviving sibling of the long-lived Mohr family. She was raised on the family farmstead and attended Ferguson Consolidated School. Opal married Ernest Zesch in 1931, lived and farmed in the Ferguson area before moving to Des Moines in 1936, but still keeping their hearts and purse strings tied to the Ferguson area for many years by farming cooperatively with Lynn Zesch, nephew, and Brian Runner and Brian Mowrer, grand-nephews, as well as being founding members of the Greencastle Recreation Area.

Opal was a devoted member of Ferguson Bible Church and Galilee Baptist Church (Des Moines), her faith defined and guided her path. An unfailing life partner, mother, homemaker extraordinaire, avid gardener, seamstress, community volunteer, Sunday school teacher, animal lover, occasional promotional model for TV, billboards, vendor cards and print media; a resource for BH&G cake decorating. And, finally, her blessed hands nursed Ernie for five difficult years. If you asked her to do it, it got done.

Survivors include two daughters, Martha Stratton of Valencia, CA and Julia Livers of Des Moines; three grandchildren: Kevin Stratton of Valencia, CA, Arlyn Morris of Altoona, IA and Nancy Jackman of Sagle, ID; and eight great-grandchildren: Lauren, Jonathan and Rachel Stratton of Valencia, CA, Austin, Miriam, Amanda and Melissa Morris of Altoona, IA; and Reannan Jackman of Sagle, ID.

Visitation: Wednesday, September 5, 5 – 7 p.m., at Grandview Park Funeral Home, 3211 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines. Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 6. Interment: 1:30 p.m., Graceland Cemetery, Laurel, IA.

The family wishes to acknowledge the Jewish Senior Life Center in Des Moines for their exceptional care of Opal these past five years.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Ferguson Bible Church, Ferguson, IA.

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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Thursday, September 6, 2012
10:30 AM
Graceland Cemetery
Laurel, IA US
Thursday, September 6, 2012
1:30 PM


Ferguson Bible Church
395 2nd Street
Ferguson, IA 50078