Opal R. Krider
November 16, 1926 ~ September 28, 2015
Opal R. Krider of Middlebury entered into eternal life on Monday,
September 28th at IU Health Goshen Hospital. She was born on Nov. 16,
1926 in Calgary, Alberta Canada, one of 12 children of Ellis W. and Lena
(Wolfe) Wagoner. She graduated from Bowers Station High School in
Darlington, IN and Manchester College, and later received her Master’s
degree from Ball State University. On November 27, 1954 in Elkhart she
married Roger L. Krider. He preceded her in death in November 2005.
Opal was a teacher in the Elkhart and Middlebury Community Schools,
retiring in 1987. She also had a private kindergarten for years, and was
known as “Miss Opal” to many in the Middlebury community. She loved
teaching and being with children. Opal was very devoted to her family,
and especially loved being a grandma. She was a member of the First
United Methodist Church in Middlebury, where she sang in the choir and
served in many other capacities. She was a charter member of
Maplecrest Country Club in Goshen and the Middlebury Read-A-Bit Club.
Opal is survived by her son Greg (Marla) Krider, Middlebury, daughter
Candy (Byron) Kaiser, North Webster, grandsons Steve Krider,
Indianapolis, Keith (Amy) Krider, Chicago, Brad Robinson, Seattle, and
Ben (Ashley) Robinson, Pierceton, great-granddaughters, Lily and Caley
Robinson, step-grandchildren Elyse Kaiser, Seattle, Diana Kaiser,
Chicago, and Matthew Kaiser, Portage, and sisters Jane (Glenn) Rickard
and Hope Meredith, California. She was preceded in death by her
husband, infant daughter Cindy, infant grandson Clayton Krider, 4
brothers and 5 sisters.
Visitation will be Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Miller-Stewart Funeral
Home in Middlebury, and from 9-11 am on Saturday at First United
Methodist Church. Funeral services will be at 11 am at the church.
Officiating will be Opal’s son-in-law, Rev. Byron Kaiser. Burial will be in
Grace Lawn cemetery.
Memorials are to First United Methodist Church of Middlebury.
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What a pleasant and "neat" woman. We learned to know her through
FUMC. She & Rosie Long came to our Middlebury house for dinner one
evening. Such stories those two told. A lot of fun. I also knew her from
Read-a-Bit. I often would pick up a used book at the library and find her
name in it. We shared the same interest in books/authors. She will be
missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.
From: Donna & Tom Kauffman
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We were so sorry to hear of Opal's passing! What an amazing lady she
was! Joel loved her as his kindergarten teacher, and we all loved her as
a friend. May God's peace and comfort be with your entire family.
From: Maurice and Janice Grindle
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Greg and Marla (and family), know that you are in our thoughts and
prayers. What a beautiful woman your Mom is. The celebration in
Heaven, I am sure is unbelievable, but our hearts here ache for you. We
love you both.
From: Ron and Lori Russell
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It is with heavy heart that we send thoughts and prayers during this
difficult time of your Mothers passing. May you find comfort amount
family and friends. Sorry we are not in attendance for the viewing and
funeral as we had to leave for the mission trip to S. Carolina.
From: Lonnie and Terina Franks