Opal B. Barnett

Opal B. Barnett, 94, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2022, in Wesley Manor Health Care Pavilion.

Opal was born June 6, 1928, in Danville, Indiana, to Hubert H. and Leona E. (Schenck) Westerfield.  She graduated from Decatur Central High School in 1946.  On July 30, 1950, she married the love of her life, W. Marvin Barnett, in West Newton, Indiana, and they enjoyed 70 years together before he passed away on October 8, 2020.

Opal and Marvin made their home in Boswell, and she worked at the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Boswell from 1971 until her retirement in 1994.  She was a member of the Boswell United Methodist Church, where she served on numerous committees and sang in the choir, was a member of a home ec club, Quest Club, served 16 years on the Boswell Library Board, and was a member of the Lafayette Dulcimer Society.

After moving to Wesley Manor in 2005, Opal and Marvin were very active in the community’s activities, including the Singing Saints and the String-a-Longs, of which they were original members.  Opal also worked many hours in the Share & Care Shoppe.  She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and crossword puzzles.

Surviving Opal are her children, Roger Barnett, Jerrold (Carol) Barnett of Bloomington, and Teresa (David) Galassie of Columbia, South Carolina; grandchildren, Adrianne (Adam) Dietz, Allison Galassie, Aaron Barnett, and Ross Barnett; great-grandson, Joshua Dietz; and sister, Phyllis (James) Barnett of Franklin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Marjorie Tigner, Viola Bangel and Gladys Dorrell; and brothers, Lewis and Alton Westerfield.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 2, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to the beginning of the service at 11:00 a.m. in Amanda Reid Memorial Chapel at Wesley Manor, 1555 N Main Street, Frankfort, with Chaplain Deborah Musick officiating.  Burial will follow in Green Lawn Cemetery.  Genda Funeral Home in Frankfort is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorials in Opal’s honor may be made to the Wesley Manor Good Samaritan Fund, or the donor’s choice.  Messages of condolence to the family are welcomed at www.gendafuneralhome.com.

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