At 101 ½ years old, Frances passed away at her home in Gleneden Beach surrounded by her large family. Her mother, Sophia Wisniewski homesteaded in Lincoln County in the 1880’s. She married Frank Maloney of Newport in 1919. Frances was their first child followed by Mary and Pat. After high school she worked in the Weyerhaeuser shipping office in Longview, WA. She married Ted Opsahl in 1943. He was a millwright for Longview Fibre. They raised their eight children in Kelso and also on a farm in Castle Rock, WA. We lost Ted in 2000.
Frances was an altar society member at her church and volunteered at the local hospital. She found time to support her children with their 4-H club livestock projects. She cooked, shopped and decorated for her family and friends at Christmas and holidays. Always a full, noisy house. She was generous with her time and smiles. Our matriarch is gone – we shall miss her dearly.
Frances is survived by her eight children, Kay Williquette and Donna Grotvik of Gleneden Beach, John Opsahl of Phoenix, AZ, Doug, Bob, Marty and Craig Opsahl of Castle Rock, WA, and Chris Gould of Castle Rock, WA. She has 18 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 6 great, great grandchildren with 3 more on the way.
A memorial service will be held at St Augustine’s Catholic Church in Lincoln City, November 20, 2021 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice: PO Box 945, Newport, OR 97365.