On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, Virginia Opal, loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, passed away at the age of 80.
Virginia was born September 20, 1942, in Chili, WI. She met the love of her life Howard, shortly after moving to Waukegan, IL, and they married on September 29, 1962. They moved to Wausau in 1976, where they raised five children. In Wausau, she began a career at the library and was the first woman Bookmobile Driver in Marathon County.
Virginia had a zest for life and was dedicated to her family. She loved outdoor activities such as golfing, cross country skiing, long walks and camping with her loved ones. She also enjoyed listening to music and going to concerts, cross-stitching, and baking. Most of all, she loved sharing her interests with those closest to her. She was known for her infectious laugh, warm smile, and her kind and compassionate spirit.
Virginia was preceded in death by her father (Howard), mother (Vera), brother (Gary), and sister(Bonnie). She is survived by her husband Howard, their five children, Todd (Kris) Opal, Michelle Opal (Mitch Bottomley), Madeleine, Maureen (Bob) Roux, and Tim (Lori) Opal, eight grandchildren, her sister, Cheryl, her brother Eugene, several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Mount View Care Center staff for the excellent care provided. During her stay at their facility she became family to their staff.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2023, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 700 W. Bridge St., Wausau. Rev. Tom Lindner will preside. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at St. Anne Catholic Church, Wausau.