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On Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, Lottie Mae (Davis) Opanel, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 83.
Lottie was born on June 7, 1936, in Wake Forest to Aubrey T. and Ida Lee (Caudle) Davis. Lottie was born in the ninth generation of Davises in Wake County. Lottie graduated high school in 1954 from Wake Forest High School.
On Feb. 3, 1958, Lottie married the love of her life, Paul A. Opanel. They raised two daughters and three sons.
Lottie was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Gen. James Moore Chapter in Wake Forest.
Lottie loved shopping — with anyone, for anything! She was also an avid collector of just about everything. She enjoyed reading, especially anything having to do with history and ancestry. She was known for being everyone’s “second” mom, especially to her kids’ friends.
Lottie was preceded in death by her son, Alan Davis Opanel, and her grandson, Matthew D. Weney. She is survived by her husband Paul; her children Joan L. (Opanel) Weney and her partner Frederic C. Mealey, P. Glenn Opanel, Christopher N. Opanel, and Paula S. (Opanel) Pacilio and her husband Christopher P. Pacilio; her grandchildren Michelle D. (Weney) Torpey and her husband Sean R. Torpey, Rose V. Weney, Christine E. Pacilio, Maxwell G. Opanel, Alexander P. Pacilio, and Kevin A. Opanel; her great-grandchildren Joshua A. Torpey, Damien M. Weney, Ava R. Torpey, Caden S. Torpey, Carter M. Weney, and Arden R. Dvornick; her brother Durwood A. Davis; Edith Sue (Davis) Mizelle; Laura Lee Davis; Elaine Elizabeth (Davis) McDonald; and Audrey J. (Davis) Rochelle.
Lottie’s friends and family had a gathering followed by the service at Swartz-Givnish Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, beginning at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Lottie would have wanted everyone to go shopping and buy something — on sale.