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June 8, 1936 – November 5, 2023

Joan Ann Otto (Braun), age 87, of Winsted passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 5th, 2023 with her loving family by her side.

She was born on June 8, 1936 in Hutchinson, MN the daughter of Eric and Myra Braun.

She graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1954.

On October 25, 1958, Joan and William Otto were joined in marriage at Holy Trinity Church in Winsted, MN. They recently gathered with family to celebrate their sixty-five years of marriage. They were blessed with four children, four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Joan loved her family deeply. She was always there for them providing support, advice, encouragement and hugs. One of her favorite sayings, which she painted on one of the walls in her home, was “Family is Everything”. Her home was filled with photos of her loving family.

She was a member of the Holy Trinity Church choir and enjoyed singing with her choir friends for weekly mass, holidays, and special events.

She had many fond memories of traveling with special friends and family. She liked to share photos of their many destinations.

She enjoyed sewing, baking, crafts, interior decorating, fashion, bowling, golfing, traveling, and her Red Hat Society group.

She will always be remembered for her quiet grace, kindness, courage and perseverance.

Survived by her loving husband of sixty-five years: William D. Otto; children: Brian Otto (Lori), Cheryl Otto Siebert (Keith), Doug Otto and Kristin Otto (Tony Bleull); grandchildren: Matthew Siebert, Mark Siebert, Amarah Otto, Ella Otto; step-grandchildren Michael Bleull, Steven Bleull and Bradley Bleull; her brother: Gary Braun (Sharon); her pet: Nikki; and other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents Eric and Myra Braun, her sister Wanda Braun Schleuter (Harry), her father-in-law and mother-in-law George and Kathryn Otto.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Joan Otto will be held on Friday, November 10th, 2023.

Holy Family Catholic Church.                                  700 Main St. W., Silver Lake, MN.                        Father Matthew Wiering will be the Celebrant.

11:00 Visitation, 12:00 Mass with a luncheon to follow. An inurnment for the family at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted, MN following the luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested for Parkinson’s Foundation -Tribute Gift.

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


7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Bruce Fleischacker

    Dear Bill, Brian, Cheryl, Doug, and Kris,

    I am so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was always so nice to me whenever I was at your house. I remember when I came over to help her with her computer.That was a while ago, but it was nice to see each other again.

    Bruce Fleischacker

  2. Barb Schultze

    Bill Brian Cheryl Doug &Kristen family

    I’m sending thoughts and prayers to
    All.i always can still remember my happy times with Joan chit chat
    I know she is at peace visiting with her loved ones and watching over
    Lov ya! Barb Schultze❤️
    Curtis Schlueter
    Jeff Schlueter

  3. Teresa

    Brian, Lori and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We know it leaves a huge whole in your hearts. Take care and know we are thinking of you all! Love Luke & Teresa

  4. Jan Lee Carroll

    Dear Bill and Family,

    Joanne sent me the notice of the sad passing of Joan. I am so sorry . I always looked up to her and thought she was so beautiful and kind. When I came to one of the Winsted funerals years ago, our son was really struggling and she was so kind and encouraging to me. I always remembered her for that.

    Be well. May each day get better as you mourn for the loss of your beautiful wife and mother.

  5. Linda VonBargen

    Brian and Lori and daughters. So sorry for the passing of your Mother. She must have been a wonderful Lady.

  6. Deacon Mike Thoennes

    Bill and family,

    So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. My prayers. She was always so joyful and friendly. I know she loved you all dearly. God’s blessings as you walk through grief and sorrow.

  7. Linda Dornfeld & Mike Laxen

    Doug and Families, So sorry for the loss of your mother. May she rest in peace.


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