Sept. 24, 1911 – Jan. 6, 2006
After a brief illness, Joe Otto, of Peace River, Alta, and of Abbotsford, BC, made his long-awaited journey into the arms of the Lord he loved and served so faithfully. Also waiting to welcome him Home was his loving wife Anne who predeceased him in 1999.
Survived by five children: Nelson (Gretchen), Lorraine (Allan) Dickman, Richard (Sharron), Joanne (Don) Schroeder, and Joy (Gordon) Neufeld as well as 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Joe was born in a village near Omsk, Russia, the oldest of eight children born to Jacob and Leovina Otto. Predeceased by his parents and two sisters, Ruth and Angela. Survived by Âbrothers Lloyd (Joyce), Ben (Irma), Alf (Bernice), and sisters Myrt (Ene) Maydanyk and Edna (John) Lubeck as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. He came from a German Baptist heritage and as a result of his father’s influence Joe committed his life to Christ in 1919 at the age of 8. The Otto family immigrated to Winnipeg in 1924. Joe married Anne Oleski on Sept. 18, 1937 and they were blessed with 62 years together.
In 1943 Joe began his employment with Air Canada. He started as a journeyman mechanic, advanced to master mechanic and then to overhaul supervisor. In 1961 he was relocated to Montreal where Joe and Anne resided until his retirement in 1976 to Chilliwack. In 1985 they moved to Abbotsford where they joined Central Heights Church and became actively involved in seniors activities.
Joe sang for many years in the Abbotsford Male Chorus and also played his harmonica in the orchestra. He volunteered at Helping Hands and was a faithful supporter of missions.
In 1993 another move was made to Central Heights Manor which was to be Mom and Dad’s last home together. In 2001 Dad relocated to Peace River, Alta. where he lived with Joanne and Don. In 2004 he decided to move into an assisted living seniors complex and then in April 2006 moved to Sutherland Place Nursing Home. He remained very active, right up until Christmas this year.
Dad will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his steadfast faith in God, his commitment to prayer, and for his knowledge and memorization of the Scriptures. He truly “hid God’s Word in his heart” and he has left a remarkable legacy for his family. We shall cherish his memory.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at Central Heights Church at
2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of choice.
Woodlawn Funeral Home