Katharina Anna Ott


March 23, 1923 - February 12, 2017


Katharina Anna Ott was born March 21, 1923 in Burgellen, Germany, the youngest of twelve children of Joseph and Annamaria Mohrlein.  She left war torn Germany with husband Edmund Ott and their four children, Heinrich, Marianna, Erich, and Emil to travel to America.

Their first year in the USA was living on the Alfred and Edna Schelske farm near Reliance and then moved to Oacoma, SD.  Katharina loved having a huge garden, working with Edmund planting lots of fruit trees, many flowers, enjoying making homemade wines and just loved to cook all the wonderful German foods teaching others how to do it as well.  She also loved to play the harmonica and really enjoyed dancing!

Katharina "Katie" was currently a resident of Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell for several years and often played her harmonica with local groups that came to provide entertainment to the residents.

Unfortunately, she became very ill with pneumonia and was then peacefully carried away in the arms of God's love to be with him in heaven.  The family is confident that she has already shared many of her special talents with God and of the all the angels in heaven!!

Katharina is survived by her awesome family: son, Heinrich and wife, Shirley, Ott of Pukwana, SD with daughters:  Karleen, Lisa and Karen and grandchildren: Cody, Savannah and Seth, daughter, Mary Ann Shrake of Trenton, MI with daughter, Kathy and grandchildren: Emily and Catherine and son, Peter, with granddaughter Sally and son, Erich and wife, Juanita of Pell City, AL and youngest son, Emil of Mitchell SD, niece and nephew Crystal and Heinrich Cwosta, Doschendof, Germany, and special friend Walter F. Myer of Eggenstein, Germany.

Katharina's loving family will have a special private graveside Memorial Service in celebration of her life at a later date.  Bittner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  


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Posted by John Talich on February 22, 2017
I grew up in Oacoma about a block away from Katie's house. I always enjoyed a visit to the "Castle". Katie was always very kind to me. Seldom did I leave a visit without some kind of treat. Mostly some form of dried fruit. It saddens my heart to know she has passed. I hope her family can take sollice in knowing her life touched many people and she passed on some of her to everyone she met. My condolences to Katie's family. God blessed us with Katie now he has called her home. We still have her memory and I will never forget her.
Posted by gisela schwarz smit on February 17, 2017
Katie will be missed and always in my heart. I was glad that I had a chance to visit her last year.
Posted by Erich & Juanita Ott on February 17, 2017
Always a loving mother to all. We had some good times together over the years. Mom accepted my wife Juanita as a daughter of her own from the beginning ~ 51 years ago. Both of us will miss her. She is in our hearts forever.
Life ~ Life is just a stepping`stone. A pause before we make it home. A simple place to rest and be. Until we reach eternity. Everyone has a life journey. A path to take with lots to see, God guides our steps along the way, but we were never meant to stay. His majesty and grace. Today we celebrate the life of a loved one Who has gone before us, the race she has won. Her journey has now ended. Her spirit has ascended. Claiming the great reward with Jesus our Lord and Savior.
Posted by Shirley Ott on February 17, 2017
Katharina became my dear second Mom after loosing my Mother. When I asked her if it was ok if she could be my Mom now as I didn't have one to hug anymore.... she hugged me tight ..... we both got emotional and have had a very close relationship ever since. She loved my Dad and so enjoyed playing her harmonica for him during her visits to our farm. They always made each other laugh and recall the good old days. Love you so much dear Mom and know you are happy now all wrapped up in the arms of God's love.
Posted by Pete Shrake on February 16, 2017
Katie was Grandma Ott to me. She use to come into town and watch me when my parents went on vacations. I will always remember her laughing and watching her little belly jumping up and down. She always had a smile on her face and was a joy to be around.
Posted by marianne Ott Shrake on February 15, 2017
Love you Mom
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