Mary Patricia Otte, age 91, passed on February 16 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point.
She was born January 18, 1930, in Appleton to Hans and Irene Rasmussen of Neenah. She attended grade school in Neenah and graduated from Neenah High School in 1948.
Mary worked at Radio Station WNAM in Neenah where she met her future husband Matthew Otte in 1949. They were married in Neenah on April 1, 1950, and moved to Stevens Point in 1951.
Mary focused her talents on raising her five children who were the most important part of her life. When her youngest was in grade school she began working for the Stevens Point School District as a secretary at McDill School and then P.J. Jacobs Junior High.
Mary’s family includes Steve (Debbie) Otte, Stevens Point; James Otte (deceased), Patricia (George) Ladecki, Hatley; Rob Otte, Stevens Point; Amy (Scott) Townsend, Plover.
Mary is also survived by her grandchildren Megan Otte (fiancé Nick Altenburg), Stevens Point; Tyler (Jen) Townsend, Plover; step-grandchildren Brian (Vicki) Ladecki, Brenda (Perry) Keyser, Morrisonville; Brandy Ladecki (fiancé John Lila), Brooks (Amanda) Ladecki; step-great-grandchildren Heaven, Damion, Chase, Kolton, Cody Ladecki.
Mary has a twin sister Marian Guidotti of St. John, Ind.; stepsister Sharon (Kurt) Hansen (Florida); half-brother Paul (Denise) Rasmussen; niece Irene (LeRoy) Janes; nephew Billy (Lorrie) Guidotti.
Preceding her in death was her husband of 62 years Matthew Otte, her son James Otte, brother John Rasmussen, step-brother Ronnie (Kathy) Babbitz, half-brother Doug (Arty) Rasmussen.
Mary was extremely creative and talented with drawing and arts and crafts, and she enjoyed baking, cooking, and reading. She was an avid gardener and an active member of the Stevens Point Garden Club for many years. Mary volunteered at St. Michael’s Hospital for 10 years. She had a big, tender heart for animals and supported the Humane Society of Portage County. She loved music and playing the piano and she sang in the church choirs at Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church and Assembly of God.
She worshipped at Woodlands Church and enjoyed participating in Senior Fellowship and her small group.
Mary moved to the Lodge at Whispering Pines in Plover in November of 2019 and became part of another family who loved her and took wonderful care of her. Her family thanks them along with the care team at St. Michael’s Hospital for their compassionate and gracious care.
Boston Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Her body has been donated to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.