Grace Otto

Date of Death: May 09, 2019
Grace Otto

1932 - 2019

Grace Otto, 86, of Brandon, passed away May 9, 2019 at Anchor Communities in Brandon.

Grace was born November 12, 1932, the daughter of John E. and Sylvia Tadych Brown. Grace was a graduate of Brandon High School and received her teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Grace’s teaching career started in a one room school house called Round Prairie located a couple miles outside of Brandon. Grace taught for 33 years at Alto, Fairwater, Rosendale-Brandon, and Port Washington School Districts. She spent most of her years at Brandon Elementary School. Hundreds of children were enriched by her touch. On August 24, 1957 she married Jim Otto at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church. Grace was a very active member of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Brandon and its Altar Society. She later became a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Every winter Grace would knit numerous pairs of mittens and donate them to children in need. Many cold little hands found comfort through her efforts. She volunteered at the food pantry for many years. After retirement, Grace and Jim enjoyed many years of traveling. They both enjoyed bus trips to the casinos where Grace would always try her luck at Keno. Grace was also an avid fan of the Laconia Spartan Girls’ Basketball team. Grace has lived a full rich life. She was a little lady and loved to describe herself as “Five foot two, eyes of blue.”

Grace is survived by her husband, Jim Otto of Brandon; a daughter, Roseann (Scott) Riedeman of rural Brandon; a son, Ted (Joyce) Otto of Brandon; six grandchildren: Eric (Angela) Riedeman, Melanie (Scott) Bruins, Caleb (Danica) Riedeman, Gwenn (Matt) Schave, Ally Otto, and Kiarra Otto; seven great-grandchildren: Simon, Sylvia, Quinn, Anthon, Grayden, Tenley and Jace; a sister, Sue (Sam) Allick of Florida; and nieces and nephews.

Grace was preceded in death by her brother, Norm Brown.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Wednesday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-7 p.m. and on Thursday at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of service.


A memorial service for Grace Otto will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 12 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun with Fr. John Radetski officiating.

Special Thanks

The family wishes to thank Tracy and staff at Anchor Communities for the excellent care given to Grace.

Memorial Contributions

The family requests memorials be directed to the Brandon Food Pantry.

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  1. Emily Respalje-Jean Says: May 9, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    My sincerest sympathies to the Otto family. Grace was my 1st grade teacher at Brandon Elementary School and was always one of my favorite teachers.

  2. Bev (Wellhouse) Samspon Says: May 10, 2019 at 7:54 am

    My deepest sympathy to the Otto family. Mrs. Otto was my 1st grade teacher. Even though I am now 50, I havent forgotten her. My daughter is now a teacher and I tell her that she may never know the impact she has on her students. My fondest memory is our Thanksgiving feast. It was a lot of work for her and a lot of fun for us kids. Thank you for sharing her with us. Bev (Wellhouse) Samspon.

  3. Stacey and Kyle Lange Says: May 10, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Sending our deepest sympathy, love, and hugs to the Otto family. I never had the pleasure of having her as a first grade teacher, but remember her fondly. I had Mrs. Anderson and we did activities with Mrs. Otto’s class every once in a while. We have been neighbors of Jim and Grace for about 4 years, and I remember being outside and she would come over and talk with me while I was picking up sticks and doing yard work. She was a very special lady. She will be greatly missed.

  4. Craig Kandler Says: May 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the Otto family. Over the years a Dear and Precious Lady. She will hold a dear spot in my Heart. May God bless her on her new journey. Until we meet again Blessing to you Jim

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