Joan J. Opel, 64, Huntingburg

Joan OpelJoan J. Opel, 64, of Huntingburg, died Friday (December 25) at the home of her sister Della Mae Underhill in Fredericksburg. She was born in Huntingburg August 30, 1951, to Norman and Lillian E. (LaJoie) Hubster. She married Jeffrey D. Opel August 19, 1989, in Land O’ Lakes, Florida.

Joan worked at Farbest Foods in Huntingburg, was a member of the Moose Lodge in Jasper and the Huntingburg Fraternal Order of Eagles, and was passionate about her dogs.

She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey D. Opel; one stepson, Daniel Lee Doty, Dubois; one brother James Hubster, Hammond; three sisters, Della Mae Underhill, Fredericksburg, Brenda “Tootie” Bouillon, Jasper, and Violet Thyen, Huntingburg; and one step granddaughter, Nicaya Abigail Doty.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Beldon Hubster, and three sisters, Laura Wiesenham, Hilda Clarke, and Frances Hubster.

Direct cremation will take place. There will be no attendant funeral service or visitation. Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family online at

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