Mary Ann Otto, of Holt, MN, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2018 at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN, at the age of 78 years,1 month and 1 day.

A Memorial Service in honor of Mary will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt, MN, with Rev. Cathie Rhodes officiating.  Internment will take place at a later date at the Beaver Cemetery, Beaver Township, Roseau County, MN.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service on Wednesday at the church.

Mary Ann Tesarek was born April 27, 1940 at Roseau, MN, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Killian) Tesarek.  She attended Beaver School through the 6th grade, Malung School 7th & 8th grade and Roseau High School through 11th grade.

On October 13, 1956 Mary met Floyd Martin Otto in downtown Roseau. On May 4, 1957 the two were united in marriage at Zion Lutheran Church, Warroad, MN. To this union 3 children were born.

She was raised on a farm near Pencer. Her and her siblings helped take care of the all the farm animals along with milking the cows by hand, tending the gardens and working in the fields. As a young girl she loved being outdoors, cross country skiing, ice skating on the pond, dancing in the hayloft, learning how to bake and cook and play practical jokes on her family. As a young bride Mary was a stay at home wife and mother. After several moves in different places around MN, the couple settled down at a farm by Holt in the spring of 1970. In the early 70’s she worked at Arctic Cat for a couple of years, then soon they began their own Dairy Farm before retiring in June of 1999.

Mary and her husband were known for their old-time dancing and how they glided across the floor together on Saturday nights. She had huge flower gardens that she kept up and large vegetable gardens that fed many.  She loved to bake and made some amazing cinnamon rolls & homemade bread. One of her favorite pastimes was watching the birds in her yard.  She was especially devoted to her grandchildren and again perfecting her practical jokes on them. There weren’t many people who were not touched by her humor and wit, and she usually left them laughing.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband Floyd of 61 years; children: Debbie (Charley) Parker – Mesa, AZ, Patty Wagner – Newfolden, MN, and John Otto – Mesa, AZ; grandchildren: Matthew (Alayna) Wagner – Ada, MN, Casey (Amanda) Wagner – Badger, MN, Willie (Catherine Whetzel) Wagner – Stephen, MN, Tony (Lexi Olson) Wagner – Holt, MN, Nick Torrez, and Trevor Otto; great-grandchildren: Chloe & Kendall Wagner, Bryston, Brevyn & Brynleigh Srnsky, Brecklynn Wagner, Taylor Jenson and Baby Boy Wagner expected in June 2018; brothers Frank (Sylvia) Tesarek, JR – Pencer, MN, William Tesarek – Pencer, MN and sister, Blanche Otto – Gilbert, MN; sisters-in-law: Maria Killian – New York, NY and Gloria Tesarek – Pencer, MN, and many nieces, nephews, friends, and family.

Preceded in death by her parents, brothers Freddie Killian and Anton “Mike” Tesarek; brother-in-law James Otto and sister-in-law Adelle Tesarek; son-in-law Roger Wagner.


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