Jan. 1, 1925-April 27, 2014
LITTLE FALLS - Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Leo Otto, 89, of Little Falls is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Monday and 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday all at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls. Visitation continues one hour prior to a Prayer Service at noon Wednesday at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno, followed by burial in the parish cemetery. Memorials preferred and will be directed to Catholic Education as requested by Fr. Otto. Arrangements are with Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls.
He died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at St. Benedict's Senior Community, St. Cloud.
The Rev. Leo Aloysius Otto was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Canby the son of Anton and Cecelia (Lipinski) Otto. Father Otto attended Elementary School District 48, Marble Township, and Saint John Cantius Grade School, Wilno; high school at Ivanhoe, and Crosier High School, Onamia. He received his college and seminary training at Crosier Seminary, Onamia, and Saint John's Seminary, Collegeville. Father Otto was ordained by The Most Rev. Peter W. Bartholome at Saint Mary's Cathedral, St. Cloud, on June 2, 1956. He celebrated his First Mass at St. John Cantius Church, Wilno on June 3, 1956.
Following ordination Father Otto served in these assignments for a brief period of time: Holy Angels, Saint Cloud; Saint Michael's Hospital, Sauk Centre; Saint Ann's, Wadena; Assumption, Menagha; and Saint Francis Nursing Home, Breckenridge. He served as pastor of the following parishes: Holy Cross, Harding, June 1958-July 1977; and Sacred Heart, Flensburg, July 1977-July 1995. Father Otto retired in July 6, 1995. A year after retiring he was appointed administrator of Sacred Heart, Dent, and Saint Lawrence, Rush Lake, August 1996-July 1999. Father Otto retired again July 1, 1999.
Father Otto served as a Chaplain at St. Otto's Care Center and St. Gabriel's Hospital, Little Falls, 1983-1995.
Father Otto is survived by his sister, Frances Matthys of Marshall.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Walter, Harry, Joseph and sisters, Nettie Jerzak and Rose Streachek.