Joyce Ann Opel, 72, of Lazy Acres, Protem, Mo., passed away on Dec. 20, 2013, at her residence. She was born on Jan. 12, 1941 at Wood River, IL., the daughter of Melvin William and Verna Louise (Kruse) Deist.
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Joyce married James Opel June 18, 1960 at Staunton, IL. In 2000 she retired from the University of Illinois extension Service after 30 years. She moved to the Lazy Acres Community at Protem, MO., and was secretary for the Volunteer Fire Department for 9 years. Joyce attended the Protem Community Church.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James Opel of Protem, MO.; 2 sons, Rod Opel of Edwardsville, IL.; and Brad Opel and wife Stephanie of Marco Island, FL.; grandsons, Dane Opel and Tyler Opel; and brother, Barry Diest and wife Nancy of Staunton, IL.
Cremation was under the direction of the Forsyth Whelchel Funeral Chapel. No services are planned at this time. Memorials may be made to
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Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from Dec. 24 to Dec. 25, 2013