January 4, 1923 – May 21, 2019
MARTHA OPP (nee Schlaht) of Claresholm, AB, passed away peacefully at the Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre, Claresholm, on May 21, 2019, at the age of 96.
Born in Dina, AB and later moved to Mendham, SK. She arrived in Claresholm with her parents in
September 1937. She married Bill Opp in 1940, spending most of her life in Claresholm. Martha was married to Bill for 62 years.
Martha is survived by 3 children – Don Opp (Frankie), Sharon Brown, and Terry Opp (Candace), her brother Sam (Ila), Grandchildren – Jim Opp (Pam), Rob Opp (N’vunda Isabel), Darcy Brown (Judy), Tyler Brown (Melissa), Christy Hanson (Chris), Kari Manser (Dave), Leif Hanson (Julie). Martha was blessed with 13 great grandchildren.
Martha was predeceased by her parents Fred and Lydia Schlaht, her husband Bill, an infant daughter Doreen, three sisters (Annie, Frieda, Mary), and 4 brothers (Alfred, Bert, Ted, Edwin).
Martha worked at the Willow Creek Auxiliary Hospital for many years. She was a long time member of Peace Lutheran Church. Family was important to Martha and time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren was precious to her.
Favourite activities were camping, fishing, golfing, playing cards, and bingo. Martha loved music and dancing. She was a very social person and loved to organize family parties and to help others celebrate special occasions. She was an excellent cook and loved to pass on her traditional family favourites to others.
A Memorial Service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church (126 – 43 Ave. West, Claresholm) on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm. with Pastor Donna Alm officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to STARS Air Ambulance (1441 Aviation Park NE., Calgary, AB, T2E 8M7), or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to
Willow Creek Funeral Home,