Marilyn Otto

Marilyn Otto (Larson)

December 28, 1926 - April 25, 2021
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Marilyn Otto passed peacefully in her home on April 25th, 2021.

Marilyn was born December 28th, 1926 in Wamego, KS at the Glenn Hospital to Neville and Marion Larson.

She graduated from Wamego High School in 1944 and from Kansas State University in 1948, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta social sorority and the Kansas State Choir. She taught Home Economics in Wakefield, Kansas.

On August 15th, 1948, she married Dr. Louis K. Otto and they moved to Arlington, Nebraska in 1951 where they lived the remainder of their lives. Marilyn dedicated her time to her husband’s business, Arlington Veterinary Hospital, and was a life member, President and Member of the Year of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association.

Marilyn was never without something to do or somewhere to be, and community service was her calling in life. She was active at the Arlington Community Church, where she was a long-time member of the choir, directed the youth choir, taught Sunday School, mentored confirmation students, volunteered with the church women’s group, and held many leadership positions. She also served local organizations including, the community library, Girl Scouts, and the Fremont hospital Red Cross. She served on the boards of the American Cancer Society and the Arlington Board of Education. She was also a 70-year member of P.E.O. Chapter EX in Fremont, where she served as President twice.

Marilyn had many talents and passions, including exercise and walking with friends, gardening, golf, watching the birds and butterflies, and sewing. She and Lou cheered for both the Huskers and the Wildcats. Her family and friends will remember her as a woman of beauty, kindness and grace who loved making food for others, learning and education, seatbelt races, and music.

She is survived by her children Janet (Dennis) and Dan (Melinda), son-in-law, Dennis Biehl, and her special pride, her grandchildren: Courtney Biehl, Stephanie (Biehl) Jasa, Andrew Biehl, Tori (Warner) Roth, Tessa Warner, Megan Otto, Brian Otto, and Jeffery Otto. She was also blessed by her great grandchildren: Carson Jasa, Burk Jasa, Lena Roth, Aaron Roth and Opal Otto.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Dr. Louis K. Otto, daughter Lynda Biehl, sisters Janet Robinson and Virginia “Ginger” Kjholhede, and great grandchild Cohen Biehl.

Memorials may be directed to the Arlington Community Church, Arlington Community Foundation, Arlington Public Schools, and Arlington Public Library.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 A.M., June 19, 2021 at the Louis E. May Museum in Fremont, Ne.

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Reckmeyer - Moser funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 232 W. Eagle St. P.O. Box 86 Arlington, NE 68002. 402-478-4151.
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    Saturday June 19, 2021 | 10:30am
    Saturday June 19, 2021 10:30am
    Louis E. May Museum
    Celebration of Life service is 10:30 AM, June 19, 2021 at Louis E. May Museum.
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Dee Ann Devoe Wood

Posted at 03:09pm
Marilyn (and Lou) were close friends of my parents for almost 70 years. Marilyn was always thinking of, and doing for, others. Such a kind and generous woman, she will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. My mother died last June and, sadly, the last time I saw Marilyn (as I live in California) was at Mother's viewing. She was such a faithful friend and I am so glad to have had the privilege of being a recipient of that friendship. My sincere sympathy is extended to all of her beautiful family members.
Dee Ann Devoe Wood

Daniele Eckstrom

Posted at 11:54am
Marilyn was an amazing, elegant, wonderful person who I enjoyed helping. She had a kindred heart. I truly miss her smile.

Julie Owens

Posted at 11:15am
Dear Otto Family -
I am sorry to know of the passing of Marilyn. Having grown up in Wamego, I fondly remember Neville and Marion. What a
wonderful family and seeing Marilyn's photo she reminds me so much of her mother. Beautiful ladies. My mother, Bernice Owens, worked for Neville and Gene Larson at their local clothing store, O. B. Larson and Sons. Both Neville and Gene were very good to my mom. Loved going into that store. My mom passed 5 years ago in August, but I treasure the many memories she gave us. May you treasure the wonderful memories of Marilyn and know I am thinking of each of you now and in the days ahead.
Much love,
Julie Owens
Manhattan, KS

Roger & Theresa Montag

Posted at 10:21am
With our deepest sympathy for Tessa and all of her family. God bless, The Montag family
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Pat and Sue McClaughry

Posted at 09:45pm
Dear Otto family we just want to say we love you all. What a great family from the eldest to the great great grand children. I considered both your parents as a second mom and dad to me. I have so many wonderful memories of Mom and Doc Otto and allowing me to be part of their lives. Mom Otto I never saw in a bad mood and always a smile and always with a great cup of coffee and backed goods. She was such a classy lady and loved her family, her love of God and church, her friends, Arlington , The wonderful life in the Veterinary world and being "first lady" to a great practice, along with her love of country, Kansas and the wild cats of K-State!!!!!!!! Susan and I and our girls were so honored to be part of the extended Otto family and again Mom Otto what the Queen Bee of it all :) I will always miss Mom O and Doc and we want to know the sadness of her loss but she is in a better place and with Doc again. Love you all and God Bless!!!! Pat, Sue, Kelley and Courtney.

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