She was born July 15, 1919, in Sandusky, and graduated from St. Mary High School. Mabel and her husband, Nelson H. Opper, were married Oct. 10, 1945. They lived in Sandusky until they built “Opper’s Happy Nest” in Rye Beach, Huron. There they raised three children, David N. (Nancy) Opper of Norwalk, Linda S. (Ronald) Hartman of Bellevue, and Larry P. (Katherine C.) Opper of Norwalk.
Mabel was blessed with 10 grandchildren, Jessica (Mike) Brand, Joshua Opper, Matthew Opper, Sarah (Scott) Gross, Eric Hartman, Brian (Cassandra) Hartman, Elizabeth (Gene) Wilson, Jennie (Chris) Fraizer, Christopher (Lindsey) Opper, and Karen (Jacob) Rhoad; and was doubly blessed with nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson; parents, William F. and Hedwig “Hadie” M. (Good) Mesner; and her siblings, Lawrence E. Mesner, Frances M. (Delmer) Smith, Beatrice L. (Edward) Beier, Paul W. Mesner, and John A. (Peg) Mesner.
Mabel was an avid card player. She loved playing pinochle, but played euchre and other various games with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mabel was a breast cancer survivor for more than 60 years. Devoted to her family, Mabel was a lifelong member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Huron. She volunteered at Providence and Firelands Hospitals, and Firelands Catholic Education Development Office (FECDO) at Norwalk Catholic Schools, for many years.
Family and friends may gather from 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, until a Mass at noon, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 430 Main St., Huron. The Rev. Jeffrey McBeth will officiate. Burial will follow at Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.
Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, Huron, is assisting the family. Condolences may be shared at fosterfh.com.