Mildred Marian Otto, age 95 of Tracy, formerly of Walnut Grove, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Interment is in Johnsonville Township Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mildred Marian (Manke) Otto was born July 3, 1921 in Tracy, Minnesota to William and Bertha (Gilb) Manke. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Mildred graduated from Tracy High School in 1939 and Mankato Teachers College in 1941. On July 8, 1944 she was united in marriage to William Otto at Faith Lutheran Church in Tracy. Mildred was a farm wife until 1984. She was in charge of taking care of the 300 chickens every year on the farm. Mildred was an animal lover and had a special touch for them. She taught school in Amiret for 3 years, and in Lucan and Wabasso public schools from 1964 until the early 1980’s. The couple moved to Walnut Grove in 1983 where Mildred lived until moving into O’Brien Court where she has resided for the last 5 years. Mildred was a member of Trinity Johnsonville Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove where she taught Sunday School and was Superintendent for many years. She was also a member of numerous community organizations. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and other needlework, doll collecting, reading, square dancing, and going for car rides. She was an avid Vikings fan. Mildred loved spending time with her family and grandkids, going to their sporting events, and various family activities.
Mildred is survived by her children: Bill (Twyla) Otto of Walnut Grove, Nancy Otto Baeza of Tucson, AZ, and Jeff (Monica) Otto of Lucan; grandchildren: Troy (Jen) Otto and Tim Otto, Daniel Baeza and Kellee (Jesse) Baeza Castro, Zach (Becca) Otto, Matt and Jacob Otto; great grandchildren: Sawyer and Skylar Otto, Carter Otto, Anthony, Valles, and Joseph Baeza; 5 step great grandchildren; 3 step great-great grandchildren; sister Marj Peterson of Tracy; sister-in-law Delores Manke of Marshall; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband William in 1989, brother Robert Manke, and many brothers and sisters-in-law.