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Martha M. Otto

Martha M. Otto, age 93 of Linn, passed away January 6, 2011, at University Hospital in Columbia.

Martha was born September 17, 1917, in Osage County, MO, a daughter of the late August and Regina (Koenigsfeld) Franken.

On February 12, 1945, she was united in marriage to Frederick J. Otto in Linn. He preceded her in death on December 18, 1957.

A lifelong resident of the Linn community, Martha graduated from St. George School and in 2010 she received the Distinguished Graduate award. She worked many years for Goff's Store and Thriftway Market.

Martha was an active member of St. George Parish, The St. Ann Sodality Society, the VFW Post 4756 Ladies Auxiliary, and The Knights of Columbus Auxiliary.

Survivors include: three sons, Harry Otto and his wife Mary Kay of Jefferson City, Dick Otto and his wife Donna of Columbia, and Tom Otto and his wife Mary Beth of Osage Beach; one son-in-law, Jim Gentges of Frankenstein; two sisters, Alma Hamburg and Corella Samson both of Linn; nine grandchildren, Cheri (Gentges) and her husband Kevin Messerli of California, MO,
David Gentges of Healdsburg, CA, Shelly (Gentges) Voss of Linn, Julie (Otto) and her husband Russ Clever of O'Fallon, MO, Jill Otto of Jefferson City, Jake Otto of Columbia, Christine (Otto) and her husband Rickey Head of Osage Beach, Sarah (Otto) and her husband David Darmitzel of Kansas City, MO, Teresa Otto of Kansas City, MO, nine great grandchildren, Emily, Marlee and Ben Voss, Andrew, Michael, Phillip and Daniel Clever, Riley and Hailey Head and baby Darmitzel due in mid January as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by: two daughters, Kay Gentges and Barbara Sue Otto and two brothers, Vince and Ben Franken.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, 2011, at Morton Chapel in Linn with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. and a VFW Post 4756 Ladies Auxiliary service following the rosary.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 10, 2011, at St. George Church in Linn with Fr. I.C. Medina as the Celebrant and Fr. Edwin Schmidt and Fr. Brendan P. Doyle as concelebrants. Interment will follow at the St. George Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. George Parish School Fund.

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Mary Beth, Teresa, my family and I want to express our condolences to you and the rest of your family. We will be praying for you all.

Christina Nelson Jan 11 2011 12:00 AM

David and family. Peace be with you on the loss of your grandmother. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way. Please call if I can do anything.

Bobby Roll Jan 10 2011 12:00 AM

Our sympathies are with you during this time of loss. Brenda and Don Trandum

Brenda Trandum Jan 10 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Harry and Family: I'm sorry to read about the passing of your Mother. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Greg DeLong Jan 10 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Harry, Mary Kay and family: We wish to offer our condolences on the death of Harry's beloved mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Sincerely, Ronald and Diane Annen

Diane and Ronald Annen Jan 9 2011 12:00 AM

Martha was such a wonderful friend to Mom and Dad. And I truly believe she was the push in motivating Mom to improve enough to leave the nursing home. She will be missed.

Kathy Boessen Jan 9 2011 12:00 AM

Tom and Mary Beth, We are Mike Carr's sister and brother-in -law. We remember going for a boat ride with you when Anna got married. So sorry for the loss of your Mom. Moms are your very best friend.Mary Jo and Mike Green

Mary Jo and Mike Green Jan 9 2011 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about your mom My prayers and thoughts are you all

Billie Sue Maasen Jan 8 2011 12:00 AM

Martha was a very dear woman. I remember her well from her days working at Thriftway. She was also very wonderful to my mother (Estella) when mom moved in town behind Martha. Your mom was a sweetie and I have thought of her often in the last several years. May she rest in peace and happily be reunited after so long with your father.

Jeanine (Brandt) Rutledge Jan 8 2011 12:00 AM

My fondest memory of Martha was her trying to help me bowl the 'correct way', as I subbed on her and Donna's team one night. Bless her soul, she had great patience with me that night! A great lady...

Debra Hausmann Jan 8 2011 12:00 AM

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