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Michael P. Opela Sr.

July 17, 1966 ~ March 30, 2021 (age 54)


Michael P. Opela Sr., 54, of Edgar passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.


He was born on July 17, 1966, in Duluth, Minnesota, son of Julian Opela, Duluth, Minnesota and June (Vanderbloom) Opela, Forest Lake, Minnesota.  On April 29, 2000 he married Joanna Ditko in Phoenix, AZ.  She survives.


Michael received his degree in Accounting from Mankato State University but followed his passion for Structural Engineering and became a licensed Structural Engineer in Arizona, Wisconsin and Washington.

Some of his favorite fun pastimes included riding ATVs, hunting and being a small hobby farmer in Edgar, WI.


Survivors include his father, Julian Opela, Duluth, MN; his mother, June Opela, Forest Lake, MN; his wife Joanna Opela, Edgar, WI; his children and grandchildren, Jayme and Lyla Holly, Texas; Jane Reichenberg and Sterling Monet, Arizona; Juliet, Al and Wayne Vrudny, Belleplaine, MN; Michael Opela Jr., Mankato, MN and Jocelyn Opela, Edgar, WI; his siblings, Phil, Ellen and Carson Opela, New Mexico and Karen Ewert, Arizona.


At Michael’s request no formal services will be held at this time, but a celebration of his life will be held this summer in Duluth, MN. Rest In Peace (with your friend…. Mike Fremhling)


Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Edgar, WI is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at



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