Adele Lorfing Opela, 96, of Hallettsville, passed away Aug. 6, 2012. She was born on Nov. 27, 1915 to German immigrants Philip & Barbara Herold Lorfing Sr., in Hackberry, TX. She married Julius F. Opela on Feb. 14, 1950 in Sweet Home, TX. She was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church of Hallettsville, and sang alto in the church choir.
Along with her nine brothers and sisters, Adele spent her early years on her parent’s farm at Hackberry where she plowed behind a mule and picked cotton. During World War II, she worked in a hospital in Victoria, Texas before moving to Hallettsville. She studied to be an LVN at Renger Memorial Hospital and graduated in 1948 with the first class to be licensed in the state of Texas. Nursing was her true calling and she spent 40 years in her profession loving every minute of it.
Adele was a talented cook and baker. Adele also loved gardening, especially flowers. Her favorites were geraniums and roses. She loved socializing with everyone. She was very talkative and was always ready with a story or bit of family history. She was loved by her family and friends and will be sorely missed.
Adele is survived by: daughter Peggy Coyle & husband Patrick of Austin; 2 grandchildren, Julius Albert Coyle and Katharine Adele Coyle; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Adele was preceded in death by: her husband Julius; parents; 6 brothers, John, Jacob, Theodore, Fritz, Arthur, and Philip Jr. Lorfing; 3 sisters, Elizabeth Laas, Margaret Woytek, and Tillie Werner; and niece Evelyn Hrncir.
Funeral Service: 10 am, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home. Prayer Service: 7 pm, Thursday at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Rev. Jonathan Mielke. Pallbearers: Richard Henke, Arthur Woytek, Luther Lorfing, Pat Coyle, Jake Lorfing, and Mike Werner. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Memorials: St. Peter Lutheran Church of Hallettsville.