Opal Joy Nardell

July 22, 1921 ­ Nov. 5, 2010

Opal Joy Nardell, age 89, of Mukwonago was born to eternal life on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.

She was born the daughter of the late James G. and Clara (Janda) Finney on July 22, 1921 in Genesee. She was the dear wife of the late Wendell Nardell. They were married June 21, 1947 at the Genesee Congregational Church. She was also preceded in death by her brothers James (Fran), Robert and Bruce (Janet); her sister, Fern (Lou) Harris, and her daughter Sharon Reed. She is survived by her daughter Pamela (Garry) Fingar of Washington, five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Roy (Barbara) Finney of Waterford, sister-in-law Mabel Finney of Eagle and stepbrothers Myron (Liz) Toshner of Genesee and Jerry Toshner of Waukesha. Further surviving her are many nieces, nephews and good friends.

Opal was a nurse in the armed forces and served in World War II. She was at the battle of Normandy. She and her husband, Del, operated a motel and drive-in restaurant in Midland, Mich. for many years before they moved to Tucson, Ariz. They enjoyed a home in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. She returned to live in Wisconsin 1992 after the passing of her husband. She has been an active member of the Mukwonago Baptist Church.

The family wishes to thank Waukesha Memorial Hospital, LindenGrove of Mukwonago and Seasons Hospice for their kindness and compassion in caring for Opal.

Funeral Services for Opal will be at 12 noon Thursday, November 11, 2010 at the Mukwonago Baptist Church,1610 Honeywell Road, Mukwonago, with the Rev. Rhon Roberts officiating. Full military honors to follow. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Tucson Memorial Park East Lawn Cemetery, in Tucson. Visitation for Opal will be at 10 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the church. Those wishing an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Mukwonago Baptist Academy.

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Mealyıs Funeral Home in Eagle, 594-2442, is assisting the family.