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Elizabeth Otto

Elizabeth (Bickmann) Otto, age 92, of Winsted died Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis.

She was born Sept. 28, 1910, in Victor Township, rural Howard Lake, the daughter of Frank and Frances Zimmerman Bickmann.

On Jan. 4, 1938, Elizabeth Bickmann and John Otto were joined in holy marriage at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. God blessed their marriage with three children.

She attended the University of Minnesota and graduated from Renville Normal Teacher's Training. A lifelong educator, Elizabeth taught country school, was a longtime substitute teacher at Holy Trinity School, and was also a former special education teacher.

She served many years on the Winsted Public School Board and was a regular volunteer at Adult Training and Habilitation Center.

She had a lifelong passion for painting and art. Elizabeth was a faithful, active member of Holy Trinity Parish, St. Anne's Society & Holy Family Council # 204.

She was survived by children Mary Otto (Frank) Broderick of Minneapolis, Tony (Sue) Otto of Marion, Texas, and Art (Jane) Otto of Minneapolis.

Elizabeth is further survived by grandchildren Erin Broderick Wild, Sean Broderick, Brian Otto, Tammy Otto White, Erich Otto, Matthew Otto, Ty Otto, and Maria Otto Ortiz, 10 great grandchildren; brother Felix (Sophie) Bickman of Lester Prairie, sister Charlotte Hance of N.J., many other relatives and friends.

Elizabeth is preceded in death by her loving husband: John J. Otto in 1988, three brothers: Joe, Ben, and Donald Bickman, and sister Mildred Bickman.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Elizabeth Otto was at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Paul L. Wolf was the celebrant, and interment followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Friends called Thursday, Aug. 7 at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted from 4 to 8 p.m. A rosary was recited at 4:30 p.m. and a parish prayer service was at 7:30 p.m.

Casket bearers were Sean Broderick, Matthew Otto, Eric Valen, Don Bickman, Alan Otto, and Ronald Otto.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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