Ione Otto, age 92, of Oconomowoc, ended life’s journey on Friday, August 15, 2014.
Ione is survived by her loving sons Bill Otto (Sandy) of St. Augustine, Fla., and Randy Otto (Katie) of Lake Mills; grandchildren Sara Janssen (Tom) of St. Paul, Minn., Rebecca Rhodee of Oconomowoc, Max Otto and Christian (CJ) Otto of Lake Mills; and loving “Grandma GiGi” to Lila, Griffin and Daisy. She is further survived by Mary Otto, Sarah Reinhard and Lisa Williams (Eddie), along with many friends and associates she has met along life’s path.
Ione was preceded in death by her husband, Albin “Billy Pop” Otto and her brother LaVerne (Butch) Reinhard.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Ione will be held on Saturday, August 23, at 11:00 AM, with a visitation for family and friends beginning at 9:00 AM, all to take place at St. Bruno’s Catholic Church in Dousman.
Ione was born in Reeseville and lost her mother as a teenager. She answered her country’s call as a “Rosie Riveter” during WWII. She met her late husband Bill Otto at a Milwaukee Brewers game and later began waitressing at Skow’s on 27th and National. She then moved onto MATC’s kitchen in 1963, where she retired as a supervisor of the sixth floor cafeteria in 1993. Ione traveled the world with her dear friend Joan Pelegrin, who is now deceased.
In lieu of flowers, donations to GiGi’s Playhouse/Twin Cities, Minn., in Ione’s memory, are preferred. Ione’s greatgranddaughter Daisy has Down syndrome, and Ione was an enthusiastic supporter of this organization. To make a donation, call 952.926-3660, or visit GiGi’s Playhouse/Twin Cities online at www.gigisplayhouse.org/twincities.
Ione lived a full life and “did it her way.”
Thank you, mom, for all of life’s lessons. — Bill and Randy Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.