Anna Otis, 101, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 14, 2007

Funeral services for Anna Catherine Otis, 101, of Albert Lea, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home, Albert Lea. The Rev. Jeff Laeger-Hagemeister will officiate. Interment will be at the Oakland Cemetery in Forest City, Iowa, at a later date. Friends may greet the family at the chapel one hour prior to the service.

Ann died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at St. John&8217;s Lutheran Home.

Anna Catherine (Trump) Otis was born on July 7, 1906, to Carl and Bertha (Deeg) Trump in Lakota, Iowa. During early childhood, elementary and high school she lived with her parents on their farm near Lakota. She graduated from Lakota High School and then attended Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She taught school prior to and during her early years of marriage. Ann married George J. Otis June 28, 1929, at Blue Earth. One daughter, Patricia, was born to that marriage. The family moved to Forest City, Iowa, where her husband had a trucking business and later managed the Standard Oil and co-op station. The couple moved to Albert Lea in 1951, living in their home for 50 years, moving to a condominium in 2001, and then to an assisted living facility before coming to St. John&8217;s in 2003. Ann was involved in women&8217;s groups at the Methodist Church, and was an active volunteer in the local elementary schools, hospital, Good Samaritan and St. John&8217;s Homes. She enjoyed golf and bowling into her early 90s. Ann and her husband celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in June of 2004.

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Survivors include her daughter, Patricia (Howard) Nelson of Dassel; grandsons, Mark (Melissa) Nelson and their daughters Brittney and Kelsey of Pocatello, Idaho, and Brad (Leslie) Nelson and their son Benjamin and twins, Bella and Jett of Edina; and several nieces and nephews.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband, George in 2004; and a great-grandson, Andrew in March 2004.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. John&8217;s Lutheran Home where Anna received such excellent care on first north.