Joanne (nee Perl) Otto (formerly Hierseman)

July 24, 1939 – Dec. 31, 2010

Joanne (nee Perl) Otto (formerly Hierseman) of Waukesha died peacefully with her family by her side Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. Joanne was born July 24, 1939, in Wausau, the daughter of Arthur and Stella Perl.

She married Edward Otto in April 1983. She was a 1957 graduate of Central High School in Sheboygan. Joanne was a member of the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ since 1976, where she volunteered and was an active member of the Andrew Club. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joanne touched so many lives with her unconditional love.

Joanne will be dearly missed by her husband of 27 years, Edward, and children, Jerome (Lise) Hierseman, Jean (Robert) Hoffmann, Judith (Kenneth) Titera, Dannette (Glen) Patnode, Michael (Diane) Otto, Kathleen (Karl) Kunsman, Mark Otto and Roxanne (Ted) Murray. She is further survived by 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert (the late Charlotte) Perl and Raymond (Susan) Perl; sisters, Delores (Ralph) Karstaedt and Marlene Voechting; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Joanne is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, James C. Hierseman; and siblings, Nancy, Jerome, Emma “Amy” and Richard.

Visitation will be held from noon until the 1 p.m. funeral service today, Jan. 4, at the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ, 413 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. James Gorman will officiate. Private burial will take place.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ (see address above).

The family would like to give a special thank you to the oncology staff at Waukesha Memorial for the care they gave Joanne.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com or call 542-6609.