Jul 30, 2021 3:20 PM

Nancy L. (Zelfer) Opunui

Posted Jul 30, 2021 3:20 PM
Nancy L. (Zelfer) Opunui
Nancy L. (Zelfer) Opunui

Nancy L. (Zelfer) Opunui, 64, of Dighton, passed away Saturday, July 24, 2021, at the Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. She was born on June 8, 1957, in Topeka, the third child of Frank and Bertha (Johnson) Zelfer.

Nancy’s childhood was spent growing up in Emmett, before moving to Goodland with her family. She then attended school in Brewster, graduating in 1976.

She later met the love of her life, Frank, in Goodland, while he was attending vo-tech. Frank began working in Dighton for the telephone company in 1979; they called Dighton home. On Sept. 6, 1982, Nancy married Franklin “Frank” Keana Opunui in Ness City. This union continued until his passing on January 7, 2021. 

Nancy was a member of the First Christian Church in Dighton. She was a devoted homemaker and helped care for many ladies over the years in town. She loved socializing at the Kwik Shop and was one to always find the best garage sales in the area. Nancy was known for her collection of Santas, which were more than 300 collected, and loved showing them off. She loved driving around in her green “Kermit” car. She didn’t get her driver's license until after she was 40 years old. Nancy always wanted to know what her nieces and nephews were up to, as she liked to brag about them to her friends and family. 

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and brother, Otis Zelfer.

Nancy leaves behind her siblings, Tom (Deloris) Zelfer, of Grainfield, Peggy (Kenneth) Richmeier, of Hays, Kelly (Julie) Zelfer, of New Rockford, N.D., and Sam (Diane) Zelfer, of Goodland; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, one great-great-nephew; and many other family and friends. 

A private family burial service will take place at a later date in Goodland for both Nancy and Frank. Memorials may be given to Nancy Opunui Memorial Fund in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, PO Box 553, Scott City, KS 67871.