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William Gerald Opsahl

William Gerald Opsahl 79, of Minneapolis, passed away Sept 1, 2015.

Long time CD5 activist, William Gerald Opsahl 79, of Minneapolis, passed away Sept 1, 2015.

Bill attended Duluth East High School, graduating from Williston Academy and Yale University (’58). A vocal musician, he sang with the Yale Glee Club, Bakers’ Dozen and Whiffenpoofs. His lifelong involvement with the arts included president of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and performances with The Minnesota Chorale, Minnesota Orchestra, Plymouth Music Series and Basilica Choir. He was an appointee to the Minnesota State Arts Board, served on the Board of the Minnesota Parks and Trails Council and Duluth Zoo, advocated for passage of Minnesota’s 2008 Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy Amendment, and was active in Minnesota’s Republican party. He was Minnesota representative for the Yale Alumni Association and trustee emeritus of The Williston School. He was the Executive Vice President of Superwood Corporation and later engaged in venture capital and consulting. Bill also served in Minnesota’s National Guard.

Preceded in death by parents Morris and Eileen.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Voss; his children Lee Stubenvoll (John), Laura Bordelon (Brett) and Michael Opsahl (Lisa); grandchildren Megan Knetsch (Jonathan), Michael Stubenvoll, Ari Opsahl (Harley), Matthew and Thomas Opsahl, and Maxwell Bordelon; and great-granddaughter Ella Knetsch.

FUNERAL MASS: 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorials preferred to the Basilica of St. Mary Choir and Ruffed Grouse Society.