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Opal Groff

Jul 24, 2021

Feb. 25, 1924-July 13, 2021

Opal A. Groff, 97, of

Leeds, ND, passed away

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at

the Heart of America

Medical Center in Rugby,


A Private Family Burial

will be held Thursday,

July 15, 2021 at Our

Savior’s Lutheran

Cemetery in rural Harlow,

ND. A Celebration of Life

will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers,

memorials are preferred

to Our Savior’s Lutheran

Cemetery: 4915 50th Ave-

nue NE Maddock, ND


Opal A. Bratvold Groff

was born February 25,

1924 at Baker, North

Dakota. Her parents were

Emil and Agnes Engen

Bratvold. They lived at

Baker until 1928, then

moved to Harlow where

Emil had bought a grocery

general merchandise

store, later known as the

Harlow Cash Store. Opal

attended ten years of ele-

mentary and high school

at Harlow and 2 Ç weeks

at Central High School in

Devils Lake, North Dako-

ta. The family was active

in Sunday school and Our

Savior’s Lutheran church

in Harlow. Opal began

teaching beginners Sun-

day school class and was

part time Sunday school

pianist. She taught youth

Farmers Union class for

fifteen years. Opal and

Walter O. Groff were mar-

ried November 24, 1940 at

the Fillmore, North Dako-

ta Lutheran church. They

raised a family of seven

children. Opal and

Walter lived in Harlow

from 1942 to 1944.

Walter enlisted in the

Army Air Force in 1942.

Opal and Karen traveled

with Walt to several states

while he was in training.

After his father’s death in

1944, Opal and Walter

moved to the Ole Groff

farm north of Harlow.

There were no built-up

roads or electricity on the

farm. They lived in Har-

low from 1948 to 1955.

In 1951 they attended

Our Savior’s Lutheran

Church in Harlow and the

Assembly of God church

in Devils Lake, North

Dakota for two years.

Then they attended the

Assembly of God church

in Cando, North Dakota

and the Christian and

Missionary Alliance

church in Brinsmade,

North Dakota. Opal and

Walter helped establish

the Revival Center in

Leeds, North Dakota and

were active in weekly

home Bible study and

prayer meetings. Opal at-

tended Restoration Minis-

tries church in Rugby,

North Dakota 1999 to

2016. Opal was employed

as an In-Home Care Spe-

cialist for Benson County

Social Services from 1976

to 2008 and also did

Parent Aid and Easter

Seal Respite Care. Her

first job was working as a

babysitter earning 15

cents for all night, she

worked in her parent’s

grocery store where she

filled shelves, carried coal

and ashes and water, test-

ed cream, candled eggs

and did general clerking.

When her husband joined

the Army Airforce in 1942

Opal traveled with him

sometimes and worked at

various jobs. In 1943 she

was employed at a cloth-

ing factory in Bellville, Il-

linois sewing the flies for

men’s pants and she took

in ironing for two ladies at

Bellville. Opal picked po-

tatoes with her dad and

sister Clarice at North-

wood, North Dakota.

They were paid 3 cents

for each 100# of potatoes

they picked. Her last job

was Assistant Correspon-

dent with her daughter

Sheri Groff Tuchscherer

for the Harlow Happen-

ings column in the Ben-

son County Press, Min-

newaukan, North Dakota

until April 18, 2021.

Opal’s interests included

gardening, canning, sew-

ing, family history, travel

and the Norsk Hostfest.

Her foreign travels includ-

ed Norway, Japan, Eng-

land, Wales, Germany,

France, Austria, Lichten-

stein, Mexico, Canada and

Nova Scotia.

Survivors include her

children: Karen and hus-

band Roger Hill of Es-

mond, North Dakota, Su-

san Groff and husband

David Wass of rural

Underwood, Minnesota,

Nancy and husband

Nathan Wass of Roseville,

Minnesota, Wayne Groff

and husband Jim Dryden

of Roseville, Minnesota,

Rebecca Groff and hus-

band John Biles of Lafay-

ette, Colorado, Sheri

Tuchscherer and husband

Tim Tuchscherer of rural

York, North Dakota and

Sandi Groff and husband

David Crooke of St Croix,

USVI and rural Harlow,

North Dakota. Sisters Al-

ice Knutson of Devils

Lake, North Dakota and

Clarice Ovrid and hus-

band Bill Francis of Simi

Valley, California and

Grants Pass, Oregon.

Sister-in-law Irene Brat-

vold of Simi Valley, Cali-

fornia and Pat Groff of

San Diego, California.

Grandchildren Ross Hill,

Rachel Cunningham,

Chad Hill, Signe Wass,

Katrina Wass, Natalie

Wass and Nadra Wass,


great-grandchildren, one

great-great grandson and

nieces and nephews.

Opal was preceded in

death by: her husband

Walter Groff May 1st,

1994, his parents, Ole and

Ingeborg Groff, and si-

blings: Gilbert Groff, Ben-

nie Groff, Thelma Park,

Maybelle Holk, Lillian

Hoff and Glenn Groff,

Opal’s parents, Emil and

Agnes Bratvold, brothers

Elmer Bratvold and Orlyn

Bratvold, sister Annie

Brenno Schmid,

brothers-in-law Ted

Ovrid, Bernie Knutson,

George Schmid, Lee Horn,

Gilbert Groff, Bennie

Groff, Eugene Park, Erwin

Holk, Glenn Groff, Bob

Hoff and sisters-in-law

Mitsue Yasuda Bratvold

and Ernistine Pichler


Online condolences

may be left at



The Nelson Funeral

Home of Leeds is in

charge of the arrange-


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