Lenore Zapell Opalach
September 1, 1920 - March 6, 2011
Lenore Opalach was born on September 1, 1920, in
Minneapolis, Minn., to Roy and Alice Kidwell. She passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2011, in Bakersfield, Calif., after a short illness. Lenore graduated from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud Minn.; Saint Benedict's College in St. Joseph, Minn.;; received her master's degree at Southern Oregon
College, in Ashland, Ore.; and her Ph.D., at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Ore. She was a WAC during World War II, and earned the rank of first lieutenant.
Lenore taught at the elementary level, then later at the secondary and college levels, with an emphasis on Theater. She taught from 1956-1966, at Medford High School, in Medford, Ore., and, upon receiving her doctorate's degree, she taught at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz., and William Paterson University, in Paterson, NJ.
After retirement, Lenore was the public information director for the American Cancer Society, in Northern New Jersey. She moved to Salinas, Calif., in 1986, and remained active as a member of the Western Stage, the League of Woman Voters, and as a lector for Sacred Heart Parish. She moved to
Bakersfield, Calif., in 2006.
Lenore is survived by her three sisters, Patricia Zapp, of
Missoula, Mont., Rita Templeton, of Charlotte, N.C., and Kathleen Marcotte, of Union, Ky.; her first husband, Stan
Zapell, of Ashland, Ore.; five children, Daryl Lyon, of
Greenfield, Calif., Kathy Krouse, of Grants Pass, Ore., Patty Beard, of Bakersfield, Calif., John Zapell, of Richfield, Utah, and Jim Zapell, of West Linn, Ore.; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Jane Bertler; brother, John Kidwell;
husband, Stan Opalach; and son-in-law, Garry Mayberry.
She led an extraordinarily full life and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.