Rodney Hugh Oppriecht, 81, of Winona, died on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at his home.
Rodney was the second son born to Amel Oppriecht and Ruth [Jameson] Oppriecht on May 17, 1938, in La Crosse, Wis., and grew up in Gays Mills, Wis. He served for three years in the Navy, and attended UW La Crosse on a G.I. bill. Rodney and Norene Alma Warmke married on August 17, 1963, and they were longtime residents of Fountain City, Wis.
Rodney is survived by three children, Gretchen, Jennifer, and Mitchell (Christina); four grandchildren, Lukas, Lara, Hanna, and Colton. Karl (Lila) Oppriecht; Rodney’s older brother preceded him in death; and he is survived by his younger sister, Julia (Del Flitch); and his younger brother, Kermit (Carol) Oppriecht.
After 44 years of marriage, Norene died in spring 2007. Chronicling her final struggle with cancer, Norene’s story, “A Year to Live,” was published in the Winona Daily News and the La Crosse Tribune and continues to be a source of inspiration to many.
Rodney taught English, speech and theater in Edgerton, Janesville, and West Salem, Wis., as well as Highland Park, Ill. He devoted the majority of his career to Winona Senior High School and after “retirement,” and taught at the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse.
In summer 2007, Rod met Carl Sandquist. They married on November 1, 2014, and have been active residents of the Willowbrook Cooperative in Winona, Minn. The love and affection that they share is a testament to how two people can find happiness again.
A celebration of his life will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the First Congregational Church of Winona - United Church of Christ, 161 West Broadway, Winona, Minn., 55987, with Father Jon Spinillo officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Winona Area Hospice and the AAUW Norene Oppriecht Memorial Scholarship are appreciated. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share a memory of Rodney and sign his online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com.