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Knights of Columbus Rosary 6:00 P.M.
followed by Parish Prayers.

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

He was born on February 9, 1926 at home in Winsted Township, McLeod County the son of Clemens & Martha (Bisping) Otto. He was the youngest of nine children.

On June 20th, 1953, Austin Otto and Mariann Hausladen were joined in holy marriage. God blessed their marriage with five children.

Austin honorably served his Country in the United States Army from 1954 – 1956.

Farming was his lifelong passion!

Austin was very civic minded. He was instrumental in having School District # 42 merge with Lester Prairie Schools. Austin was an original board of director that began St. Mary’s Hospital. He also served on the 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. Austin received the Bishop’s Medal of Service in 2000 from the New Ulm diocese. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council # 8253.

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

Preceded in death by granddaughter Cathleen Blair, his parents, three brothers: Reverend Mark Otto, Luke Otto and Florian Otto; five sisters: Lucy Kritzeck, Elizabeth Laurance, Hedwig Archibald, Helen Curran and Nona Weinbeck.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Austin Otto will be held on Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 11:00 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 be held on Sunday, January 12th from 4-8 P.M. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 6:00 P.M. followed by Parish Prayers.
Further visitation will be held on Monday morning, January 13th one hour prior to Mass at the church.

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.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Donna & Kurt Krim

    Our sincere condolences to the family of Austin Otto. We know he will be missed by all his family & friends.

    Kurt & Donna Krim

  2. sheila and Mike Gilmer

    Enjoyed his quiet, sincere and joyful demeanor and lovely Marianne at our Alpha retreats.


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