Opal L. Cech
January 23, 1941 – February 14, 2023
WAKE: Thursday, February 23rd, from 6-8PM at West Center Chapel.
FUNERAL: Friday, February 24th, 11AM at West Center Chapel. To view a live broadcast of the service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.
Opal Lee Cech, 82, of Omaha, Nebraska, went home to be with the Lord on February 14, 2023, after a hard-fought battle with heart disease and cancer.
Opal was born on January 23, 1941, to Howard and Luretta James in Cairo, Illinois, as the youngest of three children and was raised with a strict, religious upbringing. The family moved to the small town of Richland, Nebraska, when Opal was 3 years old. Her father‘s employment at Union Pacific Railroad eventually led them to move to another small town, Schuyler, Nebraska, where Opal completed her education. She moved to Omaha, Nebraska, in 1961, where she and her sister, Loretta, relied on each other for comfort and security since this was a scary, new town and a much bigger city compared to where they had grown up. However, they had fun exploring Omaha together and discovering new experiences and opportunities.
She married Adolph Cech in Omaha on December 31, 1963, and they raised 6 children together until his passing in January 1982.
Opal was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and loved her sister and brother dearly. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was very attentive as they sat by her feet and laughed and talked with her while she beamed with pride and happiness. Opal also loved chatting on the phone with her friends while sharing stories and reading scriptures and poems to them as a source of encouragement. She liked to read and sew and had a very green thumb. She always had beautiful plants around the house and could easily nurse a lifeless plant back to its natural beauty. Opal was always kind and caring to anyone she met and became known as the “Mom” of Taylor Street. She formed strong, motherly bonds over the years with several of the neighborhood children, and those bonds remain in place to this very day.
Opal gave her life to Christ at an early age and loved the Lord. She was a long-standing member of Sharon Seventh Day Adventist Church in Omaha, where she formed close sister-friend relationships that she treasured and maintained until her passing. She was also an honorary member of Freedom Christian Fellowship Church in Omaha, where she attended services from time to time with her two youngest daughters.
Opal is preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Luretta James; husband, Adolph; brother, Howard James Jr; sister-in-law, Nancy James; granddaughters, Laila and Chaneel Cordes; grandson Marty Turner, Jr.; and great-granddaughter Abigail Cordes.
She is survived by her sister Loretta Coleman; children: Barbara (Ed) Hartman, Patricia (Anthoni) Long, Sherry (Marty) Turner, David (Linda) Cech, Timothy Cech, and Anna Cech-Cordes; grandchildren: Michael Cech, Deion Turner, Crystal Cech, Damien Cech, Brandon Cech, Trinity Cech, Timothy Cech II, Shyanne Cech, SiAna Cordes, Dietrich Cordes; great-grandchildren: Zadrien Turner, Jayceon Cordes, Cai’lani Matthews-Cordes, Caleea Matthews-Cordes; niece and nephews: James Pinkney Jr, Greg (Brenda) Pinkney, Harley Pinkney, Sonya Pinkney, Reggie (Angela) Pinkney; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives, and extended family.
Opal will be sorely missed by all of those she has left behind. She was one of a kind, and it was a true blessing to be loved by her.