Jeannine Norris Opsal
  • In honor of Jeannine's years-long practice of caring for the stray cats in her neighborhood, donations in her name can be made to the Cats League & Assistance of the Western Slope (clawsgj.org).
  • Cats League & Assistance of the Western Slope

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Jeannine Norris Opsal, 89, died on April 10, 2019 at HopeWest Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, CO. She passed gently in her sleep with family by her side.

Jeannine was born April 2, 1930 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Roy and Ida Norris. She was the youngest of 5 children. She married and later divorced her high school sweetheart, with whom she had 3 children. After settling in Fort Collins, Colorado, Jeannine and her family started a Pony of the Americas ranch, traveling all over the country to show ponies. Jeannine was also active in children's theatre and was nationally recognized for her costume design and creation.

Once her children were grown, Jeannine moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was instrumental in planning Cheyenne Frontier Days and other events for the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. She was also active on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of Wyoming, and she managed communications and convention planning for the Association of Wyoming Insurance Agents. In the late 1990's, Jeannine moved to Palisade, Colorado to be closer to family. As Director of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, Jeannine oversaw the relocation of the Palisade Peach Festival to Riverbend Park. In 2001, she represented Palisade as a member of the Valley Vision 2020 Steering Committee in the development of a strategic plan for Grand Junction and Mesa County. In retirement, she remained active in the community, working with a close friend to knit dozens of winter hats that they donated to children in need at local elementary schools.

Jeannine is remembered for being an independent, spirited woman with a quick wit and infectious laugh. She was an avid reader, a great cook, and a seamstress. She is loved and survived by her children (Wade, Claudia, and Pamela), six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and extended family. She asked that no services be held.

In honor of Jeannine's years-long practice of caring for the stray cats in her neighborhood, donations in her name can be made to the Cats League & Assistance of the Western Slope (clawsgj.org).