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 Ramona Arla <I>Opheim</I> Cherland

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Ramona Arla Opheim Cherland

  • Birth 11 Dec 1919 Hills, Rock County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 29 Dec 1983 Saskatoon, Saskatoon Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Burial Hills, Rock County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 34845092

Ramona Arla Opheim Cherland was born on a farm near Hills, Minnesota on December 11, 1919, to Othilda Severtson Opheim and Henrik Opheim. She was baptized in December 1919 and confirmed in her faith in July 1934. As class valedictorian she graduated from Hills High School in 1937 and from Augustana Lutheran College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1941. She taught school at Ramona and Harrisburg, South Dakota and in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

On June 17, 1945, she married Rev. Clarence Marvin Cherland of Blue Earth, Minnesota. Together they served in Lutheran Churches at: Cass Lake, Minn., First Evangelical, Karlstad, Minn., Our Saviour’s, Winnipeg, Man.; Trinity, Estevan, Sask.; and Trinity, Calgary, Alta. Everyone was welcome in her home. In her partnership in the parish Ramona served in many capacities providing support and leadership. She prayed constantly for the church and took great comfort in her childrens’ continuing involvement in it.

All her life Ramona loved music, seeing it a means to worship God. She taught piano, voice, various instruments and conducted choirs for children and adults in each of the communities where she lived. She took every opportunity she had to share with others the beauty of worshipping God through music.

Ramona died on December 29, 1983, at the University Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, at 64 years of age. She was predeceased by her husband, Clarence, on July 21, 1978, her father Henrik Opheim in July 1959 and her mother, Othilda, in April 1977.

She is survived by five children: Henrik (married to Joleen Salte), North Battleford, Sask.; Carl (married to Meredith Rogers), Regina, Sask.; Ruth (married to David Hilderman), Prince Albert, Sask.; Esther (married to David Jobling), Saskatoon, Sask.; and Susan (married to Volker Greifenhagen), Saskatoon, Sask.

As well Ramona leaves nine grandchildren: Kara, Joel, Chad and Teya of North Battleford; Elisabeth and Benjamin of Regina; and Matthew, Nathan and Hannah of Prince Albert. She further leaves two brothers, Milton Opheim of Manhattan, Kansas; Odean Opheim of Hills, Minnesota and five nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, North Battleford, Sask. on Tuesday, January 3, 1984, at 2 pm and at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Hills, Minn., on Thursday, January 5, 1984 at 2 pm. Burial will take place at the Flowerfield Cemetery, Hills, Minnesota.

Family Members



They served pastorates of the Lutheran Christian Church for 33 years at the following: Cass Lake, Karlstad, MN; Winnipeg, MAN., Estevan, SASK., Calgary, ALBERTA, CANADA

Love God - Love Neighbor as Self

And He (Jesus) said to them all
If any man will come after me
Let him deny himself
And take up his cross daily
And follow me Luke 9:23





  • Created by: DHoffstedt
  • Added: 15 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34845092
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ramona Arla Opheim Cherland (11 Dec 1919–29 Dec 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34845092, citing Flowerfield Cemetery, Hills, Rock County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by DHoffstedt (contributor 47108586) .