Violet Opdahl, 90

Violet Opdahl was born on a farm in Iowa in 1930 to Leonard and Doris Mino.

She attended school at Grant Township Consolidated School there, and was valedictorian of her class in 1947. Violet earned a teaching degree from Waldorf College in 1949.

At college, she met Duane Opdahl, who’d just returned from serving in the U.S. Army in Italy. She taught elementary school for a year, then they married July 8, 1950, and lived on the Opdahl family farm in Freeborn County, Minn.

Violet taught at the local one-room school for the first year of their marriage. Their five children were born while they lived there. Other family includes 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, with two on the way.

Duane and Violet moved to Pierce in 1976 to join their eldest son, Dennis, daughter-in-law, Jill, and Duane’s brother, Harlan. Violet worked at First Security Bank for five years and then served as secretary/bookkeeper at Timberline High School in Weippe for 15 years. She and Duane also co-owned Triple “O” Outfitters for a few years.

Duane died in 2006, and in 2007 Violet moved to Lewiston, where she is enjoying retirement. Her family plans to hold a birthday celebration on April 18.

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