Mildred Otto


Mildred OttoMildred 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  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.


  1. Dennis-Donna Fennern says:

    So sorry to hear of Mildred’s death. She taught some of our children while she was in Lucan. We will not be able to attend the Services but know you have our deepest sympathy.

  2. Naomi Daniel says:

    Kellee and Nancy I am so sorry to hear. My condolences to you and your family. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Bill and Connie says:

    Like to visit with Mildred when there was a family gathering . Very nice person.

  4. Geraldine jensma says:

    Nancy, saw a post from Kellee on facebook. I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to all your family. My mom is 91, living in Florida. No matter how old a parent gets, we’re not ready to let them go. I think of you often. Geri

  5. My condolences to all your family. She was my 2nd grade teacher in 1973 and was a person that saw the best in me a chubby overweight kid. To my surprise she put me in the 50 yard dash for field day in Wabasso and I took first place! She was one of the first to see my potential and believe that I could do bigger and better things! What a great person to have as a teacher! Her support and kindness is remembered to this day! She will be missed.

  6. Tim & Marilyn Grefe says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, Jeff. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Tim & Marilyn Grefe

  7. Maureen Wiecks says:

    Jeff and Monica,
    I am sorry to hear about your mom passing away. My mom and I had a lovely visit with her last summer shortly after her 95th birthday celebration. We are really happy we stopped. I always liked your mom. My thoughts are with your family.

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