Cletus A. Opatz (1943 - 2013)

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Cletus A. Opatz, 69

Avon

Feb. 20, 1943 - Jan. 15, 2013

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 22, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel for Cletus A. Opatz, 69, of Avon, who died suddenly at his home on January 15, 2013. The Reverend Gregory Mastey will officiate. Inurnment with Military Honors will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Monday and from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM on Tuesday both at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel. Parish prayers will be at 5:30 PM on Monday at the church in St. Wendel.

Cletus was born in St. Cloud on February 20, 1943, to Anthony and Erma May (Wolney) Opatz. Cletus was raised on and eventually operated the family farm in St. Wendel. He was a member of the Carpenters Union for over 30 years, retiring in 2003. After retirement he was employed by Auto Value of St. Cloud. He married Mary Jo Eveslage on November 28, 1970 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud. His passion for friends, family and animals were his greatest strengths. He enjoyed hunting in Northern Minnesota, socializing with family and friends, and spending time with his dog Jack. He will be missed by his family and friends and will never be forgotten. Our sorrow is deep and our hearts are broken. You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.

Cletus is survived by: wife Mary Jo; children Tony (Codi), Jennifer (Brent) Myers, Tom (Ashley Tamm); grandchildren William and Samuel Myers; sisters Marlys Brinkmann, and Dava Dene Schleper.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Published in the St. Cloud Times on Jan. 18, 2013
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