Opal L. Freed, 87, of rural Calumet, Iowa passed away on February 25, 2009 at her farm home south of Calumet.
Funeral services held on Saturday, February 28th, at Oakdale Evangelical Free Church, rural Meriden. Pastor Clint Hogrefe officiated, and burial was in the Liberty Cemetery, north of Meriden. The Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Opal Lorraine Benson was born on August 20, 1921 near Marcus, Iowa to Edwin and Esther (Gustafson) Benson. She grew up in the Meriden area and graduated from Meriden High School. On February 16, 1941, Opal married Paul Freed in Cherokee, Iowa. They established their home on a farm near Primghar and later lived near Meriden and Paullina. In 1950, they moved to their home on a farm near Calumet, where Opal resided until her death. Opal attended Oakdale Evangelical Free Church and was a member of the Calumet Federated Women's Club. She loved to cook and bake and enjoyed sharing these treats with her family and friends when they stopped by.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Cliff Benson; one sister, Maxine Bell; and her husband Paul, in 1981.
Left to cherish her memory are her two sons and their wives, Dennis and Sharon Freed of Paullina and Dean and Maureen Freed of Sanborn; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.