Michelle Opland

Michelle Marie Opland, 56, rural Des Lacs, and formerly of Minot, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in her home.

Michelle was born on May 19, 1956, in Minot to Mike and Nancy (Fleming) Hady. She was reared in Minot, attended Little Flower Elementary School and graduated from Bishop Ryan High School.

Michelle married Reed Opland on Jan. 6, 1973, at Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot. They have made their home on a farm in Rolling Green Township of Ward County, south of Des Lacs, for the past 40 years. She loved everything about life on the farm and being a full-time wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.

Michelle was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Foxholm where she taught CCD. She served as Rolling Green Township secretary, was a member of an area homemakers group and was an active participant in Des Lacs-Burlington school activities. She especially enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Michelle’s loving family includes: her husband of 40 years, Reed; children, Michael (Nicole) and their child, Annie, of Des Lacs, Patrick (Melissa) of Burlington, Benjamin (Heather) and their children Leya, Charlie and Audrey of Des Lacs, Nancy (Lee) Myklebust of Starkweather, Jefferson and John, both at home; parents, Mike and Nancy Hady of Minot; siblings, Robin (Tim) Anderson, of Starkweather, and Kelly Hady, of El Paso, Texas; mother-in-law, Catherine Opland, of Des Moines, Wash.; sisters-in-law, Rose Opland, of Auburn, Wash., Lorene Yurak, of Lake Taps, Wash., and Karla Grogan, of Des Moines, Wash.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Michelle was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Walter Opland.

Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, April 8, 1 p.m., at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.

Graveside service: Monday at 4 p.m. in Rose Valley Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Des Lacs.

Vigil Prayer Service: Today, Sunday, April 7, at 6 p.m. in the church.

Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends and family may sign a memorial register today, Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot, and from 5 p.m. until the prayer service at the church.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of plants and flowers.

Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (