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Opal Kirstein, 88 - January 17, 2007


Opal Alice Kirstein, 88, of Gothenburg, died at her home on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007.
Services were held on Friday, Jan. 12, at the First Presbyterian Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Matt Coplen officiating. Burial was at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Kirstein was born on July 11, 1918, to John and Etta (Rings) Kraft, in rural Wheeler County. Her early years were spent in Kansas, and after living briefly in Callaway, her family moved to Elgin.
On March 16, 1938, she married Everett LeRoy Kirstein. They lived on a farm near Elgin until moving to Neligh in 1940, where the couple had three daughters. The family then moved to Gothenburg in 1957.
Kirstein had worked as a nurses aide for many years in Neligh and then in Cozad and Gothenburg.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Gothenburg.
Kirstein was a loving, gentle woman who enjoyed quilting, gardening, canning, cooking and baking as well as spending time with her family, according to family members.
?She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Everett on June 12, 1985; a sister, Hazel Hauser; four brothers—Dale, Donald, John and William Kraft; son-in-law, Brian Wagenaar.
?Survivors include: her three daughters—Bonny (Thomas) Dunphy of Gothenburg, Janet (Richard) Ostendorf of Gothenburg and Alyce (Nick) Schaaf of Emmet; seven grandchildren—Daren (Karen) Knoell, Jennifer (Jeff) Kragh, Stephanie (Steve) Rucker, Matt (Sonni) Ostendorf, Thomas (Charity) Dunphy II, Falycia Wagenaar and Spencer Wagenaar; 10 great-grandchildren—Oliver and Chloe Knoell, Justin Kragh, Jordan and Cameron Rucker, Shaila, Mackinzie and Savannah Ostendorf and Avery and Bethany Dunphy; four sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to the family at: 718 10th St, Gothenburg, NE 69138
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.