The art of the obituary: Opal Olson was a teacher

Opal Olson, 94, of Ortonville, died last Thursday. Her departure might have gone unnoticed, but for the fact she changed the world, or at least the piece of it that she could.

“If you were lucky enough to have talent, ability, and skills, the clear expectation was that you would get up every day and use those talents to the best of your ability and for the betterment of the world,” Brent Olson writes in a perfect tribute to his mom.

Opal Olson was a teacher.She was many other things. She was married to Curtiss for over 70 years, a wonderful marriage…

Posted by Independently Speaking on Thursday, December 27, 2018

Opal was a three-time teacher of the year. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

Archive: You should meet Brent Olson (MPR NewsCut)

  • Thanks Bob…

  • BJ

    After reading Brent’s stuff the last several years after you introduced NewsCut readers to him when you wrote about his inadvertent cafe. I am very sorry to hear of this loss, but not surprised to learn about how wonderful his mother was.

  • Al

    Wow. Opal sounds as though she was more brilliant than her name suggests. Thank you, Opal.

  • Debby

    Beautiful. Thank you, Bob.

  • merry_rose

    What a wonderful tribute. I hope the ripples of Opal’s career are changing our world for good.

  • Gary F

    Opal was my grandma’s name. They ain’t naming little girls Opal these days. Great name both great ladies.

    • My great aunt’s too. I always thought it was a lovely name.

  • Lucas B Olson

    Bob, thank you for spreading the Gospel of Opal. She was a magnificent Grandma and Great Grammy. I had the good luck of having her and Curt only a mile away as I was growing up. She taught me how to be kind and how to kill flies. And to her last day she made sure my kids got candy and ice cream even if I said no.