Opal Irene Detweiler, 99, of Salina, passed away Saturday (May 24, 2008).


Opal Irene Detweiler, 99, of Salina, passed away Saturday (May 24, 2008).

Mrs. Detweiler was born March 30, 1909, in Osborne, the daughter of the late Delbert L. and Katie M. (Scholl) Timbers.

She graduated from Washington High School in Salina and attended Kansas Wesleyan University. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Salina. Opal loved to grow flowers and was very talented in all manner of arts and crafts. She worked 10 years as a civil servant in Panama during and following World War II and worked 13 years for Kuhn Printing Co. in Salina.

She was married to Sam Still from 1931 until his death in 1977, to Ray Lantz from 1980 until his death in 1994, and to John Detweiler from 1995 until his death in 2001.

Local survivors include nephews, Steve Robinson and wife, Vicki, of Salina and Roy Timbers and wife, Dorothy, of Glen Elder; nieces, Bernice Lilly and husband, Keith, of Mentor, Bernita Eberle and husband, Bill, of Glen Elder, Bonnie Newell of Mankato, and Berta Moss and husband, Dan, of Nevada (formerly of Glen Elder); stepdaughters, Ruth Ann Toews and husband, Richard, of Hesston, Mary Lee Wiens of Hesston, and Patsy Dirks and husband, Earle, of Cimarron; and god-daughter, Diane Driskill of Edmond, Okla.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence Timbers and Dwight Timbers, and four sisters, Wanda Kuhn, Emma Starbuck, Hazel Wadham and Beuna Robinson.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home in Salina.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Gypsum Hill Cemetery in Salina. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at Presbyterian Manor in Salina, with the Rev. Troy Bowers officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 122 N. Eighth St., Salina, KS 67401, or Salina Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund, 2601 E. Crawford St., Salina, KS 67401.