Glenna Lorene Kruse Otte


Glenna Lorene Kruse Otte, 96, of Seymour passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Lutheran Community Home.

Born April 6, 1920, in Hamilton Township in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Frank and Myrtle Schafstall Kruse, both of whom preceded her in death. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Borchers). On Feb. 15, 1942, she married Wilbert Otte and they lived and raised their family on the Otte family farm near Seymour.

Glenna was a graduate of Cortland High School and received a degree in elementary education from Capital University. She enjoyed her years teaching in Reading, Ohio, and after raising her family, returning to teach at Immanuel Lutheran School in Seymour.

Her interests and volunteer activities were many and varied throughout her life. Glenna was an active charter member in the Pine Ridge Homemakers Club for 60 years. She enjoyed the years spent as a leader of several groups including Immanuel Lutheran School Girl Scout Troop 8, the Pine Ridge 4-H Club and the Farm Bureau Pet and Hobby Club. She was especially proud when the pet and hobby club won the award for the best pet and hobby club in the state in 1952. One of her various crafts interests was leather work and she took joy in teaching 4-H’ers the skills of leather working. Glenna was active in Jackson Township and Jackson County Farm Bureau including holding the office of Jackson County Farm Bureau Women’s Leader for several years. As a charter member of Zion Lutheran Church, she served as a Sunday school teacher, choir member, altar guild volunteer, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League member and also served on numerous committees through the years. She was a member of All Seasons Garden Club and enjoyed working in her flower gardens, sharing her flowers with others and exhibiting her flowers and other crafts at the Jackson County Fair. In her later years, Glenna enjoyed traveling with Rural Farm Tours and visited the British Isles, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Germany, Alaska and Central America and loved speaking about her travels to many groups and organizations.

Survivors include her sister, Lucille Barksdale of Brownsburg; children, Marilyn (Bill) Ziegele of Carmel, Leland (Debbie) Otte of Seymour and Joyce (Fred) Levenhagen of Carmel; six grandchildren, Scott (Cindy) Ziegele, Mike (Sarah) Ziegele, Sarah (James) Ziegele Harlan, Karen (Tom) Levenhagen Tuttle, Lori (Nelson) Levenhagen Jacobus, Eric (Laura) Levenhagen, and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Wilbert in 1983; brother Clarence; and twin sisters, Evelyn and Elizabeth.

The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jeff Stuckwisch officiating. Burial will be at Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Burkholder Funeral Chapel and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran High School, Zion Lutheran Foundation Fund or Lutheran Community Home.

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