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Opelt, James
1946 - 2017
James P. Opelt, 71, of Columbus, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017. He was born on October 11, 1946 in Naples, Italy. Jim was preceded in death by his father Vincent E. Opelt. He is survived by his mother, Rochelle (Massaro) Opelt; his sister, Vivian (Mara Lewis) Opelt; his paternal aunt, Marian Zaugg; and cousins, Dotti, Rick, Ron and Dennis Sniff, Janice (Zaugg) Santa, Jeff and Steve Zaugg, Patti Ullmer, and Franco and Eliana Massaro; and by his beloved cat, "Baby". Jim graduated from Linden McKinley High School and from Ohio State University, and was a dedicated Social Worker for Franklin County for 45 years. We will miss Jim's intelligence, intellectual curiosity, artistic sensibility, and his wonderful sense of humor and fun. He lived a life of service and caring for others, personified by his devotion to his mother's care. The family wishes to send a special thanks to the amazing doctors, nurses and staff at the neuro critical care unit at Riverside Methodist Hospital, who cared for Jim with the utmost of skill and compassion. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jim's memory to Mid-Ohio Food Bank, 3960 Brookham Dr, Grove City, Ohio 43123, or to Cat Welfare Association, 741 Wetmore Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214. The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43085, with a Celebration of Jim's Life beginning at 7:30 pm. Please visit Jim's guestbook at www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2017
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