Austin Otto, 93

M. Austin Otto, age 93, of Lester Prairie, passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father John Laurance, S.J. will be the celebrant. Alice Nowak will be the organist for the funeral Mass, and Sandy Otto the soloist. Interment with military rites will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

A visitation will take place Sunday, Jan. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m., followed by parish prayers.

Further visitation will take place Monday at the church, one hour prior to Mass.

Casket bearers will be Dean Laurance, Jerry Kritzeck, Chris Otto, Greg Otto, Duayne Heimerl, and Alan Otto.

Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Educational Trust Fund.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

Austin Otto was born Feb. 9, 1926, at home in Winsted Township, the son of Clemens and Martha (Bisping) Otto. He was the youngest of nine children.

Austin was joined in holy marriage with Mariann Hausladen June 20, 1953. God blessed their marriage with five children.

Austin honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956.

Farming was his lifelong passion.

Being very civic minded, Austin was instrumental in having School District 42 merge with Lester Prairie Schools. He was an original board of director that began St. Mary’s Hospital; and also served on McLeod County’s original Soil Conservation Service.

Austin was a lifetime, faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. He taught religious education until he was 85 years old, and received the Bishop’s Medal of Service in 2000, from the New Ulm diocese. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 8253.

Austin is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Mariann; children: James (Adel) Otto, Cecile (Thomas) Casnovsky, Ruth (Roger) Blair, Gregory (Lynette) Otto, and Jerome (Tammrae) Otto; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Cathleen Blair; his parents; three brothers: the Rev. Mark Otto, Luke Otto, and Florian Otto; and five sisters: Lucy Kritzeck, Elizabeth Laurance, Hedwig Archibald, Helen Curran, and Nona Weinbeck.

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