Hackmann nee Bryan, Opal Nevada

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Midlawn Memorial Gardens in Union, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to St. Clair Christian Church, St. Clair, MO


Opal Nevada Hackmann of Sullivan, MO, departed this life at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on November 10, 2020, having reached the age of ninety-six years, eleven months and thirteen days. Opal was born in Morrison, MO, on November 27, 1923, daughter of George Henry Bryan and Annie Bryan nee Hackmann. On February 23, 1942, she was united in marriage to Belmond Anthony Vincent Hackmann.

Opal is survived by one daughter, Connie Downey and husband, Robert, Sr., of Villa Ridge, MO; by five grandchildren, Robert Downey, Jr. and wife, Jessie, of Washington, MO, Anthony Downey, known to all as Tony, and wife, Michelle, of Sullivan, MO, Danielle Downey of the state of Minnesota and Mathew and Braelyn Downey, both of Villa Ridge; by seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great, great-great and great-great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Opal was preceded in death by her daughter, Shirley Hackmann; by three brothers, Johnny, Riley and George Bryan, and by three sisters, Virginia Cox, Dorothy Rogers and Anna Marie Hicks.

Opal was a Christian and longtime member of the St. Clair Christian Church in St. Clair, MO. In her younger years, she had been an active member of the church. During her working career, Opal had worked as a machine operator in both shoe and garment factories. Opal’s passion had been caring for children and baby sitting in her home. She had cared for and helped raise over one hundred children during her life. She had enjoyed sewing and quilting and kept her mind active by working in puzzle books. She had a great appreciation for nature and liked watching and feeding birds. Nothing meant more to her than her family and the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave her great joy.

A loving and devoted mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great, great-great and great-great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Friday, November 13, 2020, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Roger Koster officiating. Interment was in Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union. MO. Memorials may be made to the St. Clair Christian Church, St. Clair, MO.