Tricounty News

Opal Hedlund, 93


Opal Hedlund of Kingston Township died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. She was 93.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at North Crow River Lutheran Church in rural Cokato, with Rev. Michael Nelson officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at North Crow River Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the services. Interment will be at Sunset Cemetery immediately following the services.


Opal Elaine (Longwell) Hedlund was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Maine Prairie Township, Stearns County, Minn., to Frank and Edith (Cornall) Longwell. She grew up in Maine Prairie Township, attending country school at Brown School District 32. She attended Kimball High School and was a 1938 graduate.Opal Hedlund Pic

Opal married William Sexton Hedlund June 29, 1940, at the Kimball Church of Christ parsonage. They initially made their home on the Hedlund family farm, and briefly farmed with Sexton’s brother Hjalmer near Rothsay, Minn. During World War II, they moved to the San Francisco, Calif., area for a short time while Sexton worked in the naval shipyards. They returned to Minnesota and eventually purchased a farm adjacent to the Hedlund family farm in Kingston Township where she lived her remaining years. Opal spent most of her adult life as a mother and farm wife, but also worked for a number of years at Fabri-Tek Manufacturing in Cokato. She was an accomplished seamstress, and loved to crochet and quilt.

Opal was a member of the Litchfield chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the Kingston American Legion Auxiliary, Kingston Garden Club, and Grace Lutheran Church.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Sexton in 1994; son-in-law Jim Anderson; brothers La Verne and Merton; sisters Alvina Ferrier and Lois Rinkel.

She is survived by her five children Kay Anderson of Dassel, Dean of Annandale, Darrel (and Nancy) of Kingston, Linda (and Alan) Hewitt of Kasota, and Dale of Kingston. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

A thank you goes out to the Pouliot family, Yvonne Russ, and other friends, neighbors, and relatives who were so kind to Opal over the past few years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Grace Lutheran Church, Sunset Cemetery Association, Kingston Legion Auxiliary, or donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.