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Tombstone Tuesday – Jānis Opsis, 1865-1930

In this series, I am providing pictures of tombstones from Latvian cemeteries, all with death dates prior to 1945. Usually I don’t have any more information on the people, but this time I do!

Photo taken by me, April 2012. Click to enlarge.

Top Inscription: “Savam mīļam mācītājam” (“For our dear minister”)

Name: Jānis Opsis, born February 7, 1865; died January 13, 1930.

Bottom Inscription: “Pateicīgā Dubultu draudze. Mīlestība nekad nebeigsies.” (“From the thankful Dubulti congregation. Love never ends.”)

Location: Dubulti cemetery, Jūrmala.

As mentioned on the tombstone, Jānis Opsis was the minister for the Dubulti Lutheran congregation in what is now the city of Jūrmala. The congregation in Dubulti had been there for awhile, but until 1903 was subject to the main church in Sloka. Population growth resulted in the splitting off of the Dubulti church. It was at this time that Jānis Opsis became the minister, serving until his death in 1930. The current Dubulti church was built under his leadership.

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