Gilford, NH-----Wayne N. Opel, 72, of 125 Dockham Shore Road died at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia, NH on Wednesday, October 2, 2002.
Mr. Opel was born March 24, 1930, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Frederick and Bertha (Nieman) Opel.
Mr. Opel graduated from Leavenworth, Kansas High School in 1948, graduated from Park College in Missouri in 1952. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1952-54. In 1957, Mr. Opel graduated from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA.
Mr. Opel served as Assistant Episcopal Chaplin at the University of Michigan from 1957-59. He then served as Assistant Minister from 1958-62 at St. Mary&Mac226;s Parish in Ardmore, PA and as Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Suffield, CT from 1962-70.
From 1970-94, Mr. Opel worked for the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, initially in Philadelphia with the Head Start Program. In 1973, Mr. Opel transferred to Boston where he served in several capacities, eventually serving as the Regional Director of the National Health Service Corps until his retirement in 1994.
Mr. Opel and his family lived in Winchester, MA from 1973-94. They also maintained a house in Gilford, NH where they spent the majority of weekends and summer months. Mr. Opel and his wife, Jane, retired to Gilford, NH in 1994, also spent winter months in Crystal River and Leesburg, FL.
In addition to his professional careers, Mr. Opel was an avid cook, photographer, needleworker, and singer. Recently, he was inducted into the New Hampshire League of Arts and Crafts and also worked part time as a conductor on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Rainie Opel of Gilford, NH; two sons, Mark F. Opel of Lebanon, NJ and Andrew R. Opel of Tallahassee, Florida; two granddaughters, Rainie and Ann Opel, both of New Jersey; a brother, William Bill Opel, of Eastham, Massachusetts and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by a brother, Frederick Opel.
There will be no calling hours.
A private funeral service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, PO Box 1097, Meredith, NH 03253.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.