Helen R. Opperman

1922 - 2021

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Helen R. Opperman, formally of Findlay, passed peacefully on January 12, 2021, in Medina at the Western Reserve Masonic Community. She is now with our heavenly Father, Savior Jesus Christ, and her husband, R Jake Opperman. Born on December 28, 1922 to Ruth and Ralph Johnston, siblings Fred and Richard, all deceased. Raised on a farm southeast of Findlay, she learned the value of hard work and ensured her children would learn as well. After meeting the love of her life, they were married on March 27, 1948 and started their family. She is survived by her children, Jane (Roger) Edgington of Medina, OH, Rick Opperman, Findlay, OH, Jean (Ron) Owen of Woodbridge, VA and Ron (Beth) Opperman, Findlay, OH as well as 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great grandchild. Jake followed his parents into the Masonic Fraternity and Helen, true to her generation, joined the Eastern Star in 1956. They both were deeply involved until the time of their passing. After 62 years of marriage, Jake left us on April 16, 2010. Helen was a great mother and leader of the house until her children were old enough to set out on their own. She then started work with the City of Findlay tax department. After that, she worked at Northwest Masonry until her retirement. Once retired, Helen and Jake traveled extensively around the United States in their Airstream trailer, as well as abroad. Finally, when the traveling was done, they moved to Medina’s Western Reserve where they were taken care of by the amazing staff within this Masonic Community. Forging new relationships that would last until the end. We, the kids, would like to thank all of Western Reserve for everything they did for Helen and Jake to keep them safe, cared for, and loved until God called both of them home. Funeral service, with the OES service, will be held at 1:30pm Sunday, January 17, 2021 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Dewey Lee officiating. Burial will be held at Knollcrest Cemetery (at a later date). Visitation will be held from 1:00-1:30pm Sunday at the funeral home. Due to COVID 19, the family will be practicing social distancing and requests all guests to please wear a mask while in attendance. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Western Reserve Masonic Community-SNU, 4931 Nettleton Rd, Medina, OH 44256 and online condolences can be shared by visiting coldrencrates.com.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Sunday, January 17th 2021 1:00 - 1:30 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Sunday, January 17th 2021 - 1:30 PM

  • Service Location:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Knollcrest Cemetery [Map]
    18085 S.R. 12
    Arcadia, Ohio 44804

  • Contributions:

    Western Reserve Masonic Community
    4931 Nettleton Road
    Medina, Ohio 44256

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To : Ron and Beth and family
Date :Thursday, January 14th 2021
From : Joyce Butcher
Ron I didn't have the pleasure of knowing your mother but I must say she Raised a great one.Beth I am sure you too will miss a fantastic mother in law. I will be praying for you to have strength thru these trying days. May Helen rest in peace.



To : Rick opperman
Date :Thursday, January 14th 2021
From : Ron and Cindy mcmate
Sorry to see the passing of your mom.just wanted you to know our thoughts are with you. I only met her a few times but she was such a nice lady. take care



To : Ron and Beth Opperman
Date :Thursday, January 14th 2021
From : Pauline Iler
my prayers and thoughts are with you



To : Rick and leslie
Date :Friday, January 15th 2021
From : Jeff lenhart
You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time



To : Ms Jean Family
Date :Friday, January 15th 2021
From : John Dianna Hornick
Please accept our sincere condolences and know that our hearts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.





To : Ms Jean Owen and Family
Date :Friday, January 15th 2021
From : Billy Britta and Wade Shaver
Ms Jean our deepest condolences for your loss.



To : Opperman Family
Date :Saturday, January 16th 2021
From : Max Wise Family
Sorry to read of Helen's passing. We have lots of good memories. Keeping your family in our prayers. We will not be attending the service, but wanted to let you know we have you in our thoughts and prayers.



To : Jane and Roger
Date :Saturday, January 16th 2021
From : Sally Wiley
I am sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. It sounds like she was a wonderful lady.
I will not be able to attend the services, but please know that I will be thinking of you with heartfelt sympathy and praying that you will have peace in the days ahead. Fraternally, Sally Wiley



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