Eileen Otto, 76

Eileen Otto, 76

Eileen Otto, 76 of Belle Plaine, died on Saturday morning, July 26, at the Belle Plaine Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine after a long battle with cancer.
Eileen was born on June 14, 1938 to Gustav and Lydia (Schmitz) Kroells in Washington Lake Township, Sibley County. She was baptized on July 17, 1938 at St. Pauls Ev. Reformed Church in Hamburg and confirmed on April 6, 1955 at St. Pauls Evangelical Reformed Church in Hamburg by Pastor Otto Vriesen.
She grew up in the Sibley County area attending rural schools and graduating from Central High Schoo, Norwood Young America in 1957.
She was united in marriage to Lowell Otto on July 11, 1958 at Evangelical Reformed Church, Hamburg. Eileen was a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a waitress at Linds Supper Club and Kubes Supper Club. She later worked at the Belle Plaine Lutheran Home and Hope Residence.
The couple farmed for about 10 years in the Blakeley area and then moved to a farm in Washington Lake Township, Sibley County in 1968. The couple moved to Belle Plaine in 1983. Eileen was very active with the Trinity Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine over the years.
She is survived by her husband Lowell of Belle Plaine; daughters, Cheryl (Stephen) Jaus of Green Isle, Lynne (Merlin) Brueggemeier of Arlington, Brenda (Lowell) Schmitz of Belle Plaine, Pamela (Brian) Bullert of Arlington and Lisa (Glen) Jeurissen of Belle Plaine; 15 grandchildren, Beth Jaus, Melissa Jaus, Ashley Jaus and special friend Mario Hieronimus, Kalie Brueggemeier, Tyler Brueggemeier, Jeremy (Sarah) Schmitz, Jennifer Schmitz, Megan Schmitz, Emily Bullert, Andrew Bullert, Anthony Bullert, Katlyn Jeurissen, Darren Jeurissen, Dylan Jeurissen and Nathan Jeurissen; two great-grandchildren, Riley Hieronimus and Christina Schmitz; siblings, Janice (Otto, Jr.) Mackenthun of Hamburg, Lowell (Pat) Kroells of Green Isle, Richard (LaVonne) Kroells of Norwood Young America, Janell (Charles, Chip) Nielsen of Sparks, Nevada and Mary Lou (Scott) Potter of Brooklyn Park; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wallace (Evonne) Otto, Gladys (Gilbert) Mathwig, Marlys (Elroy) Koepp and Mary (Roger) Sons; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Gustav and Lydia Kroells; grandson, Adam Bullert; and parents-in-law, Herbert and Marie Otto.
Services were on Thursday, July 31, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine. Visitation was at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Belle Plaine. Rev. John Meyer will officiate the services.
Kolden Funeral Services is assisting the family.

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