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Blondina Otto

Blondina M. (Mrs. Henry) Otto, age 89 of Faribault, died on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. Private interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Visitation will be at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Blondina Marie Jeske was born July 30, 1923 in Zumbrota, the daughter of Edward and Anna (Haebel) Jeske.  There, she met her husband Henry W. Otto, who worked for Northern States Power, and when they married they made their home in Faribault. He preceded her in death in 2002, after a marriage of over forty years.  Previously, she was employed as a bookkeeper for many years in Zumbrota and Minneapolis.

Blondina enjoyed gardening, spending time at the cabin up north, bowling and golfing.  She was an avid reader all her life, until her eyes started failing, and also enjoyed playing bridge with friends. She volunteered for the District One Hospital Auxiliary and Faribault Area Hospice for many years.  She and Henry were very active in the Junior Achievement program, helping high school students, and were active Republicans, for many years traveling around the state and hosting events at their home.  She and Henry were also devout Lutherans and among their many charities was the St. Olaf College scholarship program.

She is survived by two nephews, Steven Jeske and Stuart Jeske, as well as by other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry; and four brothers, Walter Jeske in 1982, Elroy Jeske in 1974 and two brothers in infancy.

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Name: Lynda Ellison
Email: ellisons10@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday February 03, 2013


It was my privilege to care for Blondina this last year. I came to truly care for her and appreciate her sassy comments and candor. We were able to share some memories together and have a laugh or two. So glad she is with her Heavenly Father and can truly rest in His peace.

Date: Sunday January 27, 2013



Name: MaryLee Peterson
Date: Wednesday January 23, 2013


We spent from 1st grade through 12th grade in the same classes at Zumbrota. We each lived across the street from the school. She was a funny person and liked jokes and movies- we were pals. Once, as a youngster, she was put out in the cloak room for speaking her mind. We were in the band together, the chorus together, the sax sextet together. In high school, we spent many evenings at our house eating popcorn and making divinity candy. Once on a road trip, we broke down and some nice people let us stay in their cabin. After graduation, she worked at the bank and at Nerhaugen's Chevrolet. Then she worked in Minneapolis for a Chevy dealer for a short time. She met Henry later in life and got married. He was from Gaylord MN and worked for NSP. His territory included Zumbrota. They shared a lake home up north. She enjoyed talk radio-I think it kept her company after Henry parted this earth. I called Blondie every evening to see how she was. I was glad I had Blondie as my good friend for all those 80+ years. I will truly miss her but I know she is up in heaven with Henry.

Name: Lynnette Robinson
Date: Wednesday January 23, 2013


Blondie was my mom's life long friend- They became acquainted at age 6 in Zumbrota. She and Henry would come up to our house in Bloomington, MN on occasion to visit awhile. In later years after Henry passed, my elder sister, my brother and myself would take turns and bring mom down to see Blondie at her home. We took her out for meals to get some fresh air. Mom would drive down too on her own many times. She stayed with her on overnights too. She took Blondie shopping for groceries and clothes but rarely did Blondie buy any. Mom spent many hours looking for a dog to replace Blondies beloved black dog. She even had one delivered to keep Blondie company but she didn't want it because the animal's tail was too long. We visited her in the nursing home several times and she was just in a panic and just wanted to claw her way out. Who could blame her-All she wanted was to go home. My mother faithfully called Blondie EVERY NIGHT for years, right up to Monday of this week. If Blondie didn't answer, mom called the police to check in on her. Mom found jokes to share with Blondie to cheer her up. We had Blondie come for Thanksgiving and Christmas several times and she was a joy to have around. She watched (listened to) football with us and was a big part of our family. She was animated and had a strong opinion on right wing politics which my husband shares- She was interested in people and would inquire about my children who are away from home. She loved her home, memories and her church family. We will deeply miss our old and dear friend Blondina

Name: Tovah Sloan Sellner
Email: tovah_sellner@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday January 23, 2013


My father Tom worked with Henry at NSP. My mother Alvina use to golf with Deanna. I know my folks enjoyed time spent with them. Remember one time when Deanna locked her keys in her trunk! They teased her for months! Good memories! Tovah Sellner