Minnie Marie Oppenlander

By The Mercury

Minnie Marie Oppenlander, 91, of Manhattan, died Friday at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan surrounded by family.

The family provided some of the family information.

She was born on April 5, 1922, in Burley, Idaho, the daughter of Lysle M. and Doris E. (Marsh) Campbell. Minnie was raised in Mapleton, where at the age of three she contracted polio. In 1930, her family moved to Manhattan, where she attended local schools.

On Dec. 23, 1939, in Clay Center, she was united in marriage to Harry Eli Oppenlander, who was a local builder. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1996. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Oppenlander was a homemaker. In addition to being a homemaker, she will be fondly remembered by countless youth in the Manhattan community as the kind lady who worked the concession counter at K-Hill Roller Rink and later Skate Plaza Roller Rink in Manhattan.

She was a longtime member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Manhattan and the Post Polio Support Group. She also worked on the election board for a number of years. Most of all, she enjoyed helping others in need of assistance. 

She is survived by three children, Marvin E. Oppenlander and his wife Judy of St. George; Sharon S. Sherwood and her husband Raymond of Manhattan; and Lysle R. Oppenlander of Manhattan. Also surviving are two sisters, Louise Crump and Margery Bayer and her husband Burke, all of Manhattan; five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and fifteen great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 700 Poyntz Ave., with the Rev. Kevin Larson officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website located at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

A memorial has been established for the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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