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Barbara Jean (Leslie) Otto, age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 14, 2016 from complications associated with Alzheimer’s.

Barb grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. She studied dental hygiene at the University of Michigan where she met her husband Frederick A. Otto. Married for 60 years, Barb and Fred lived in the Detroit area and retired to Gaylord Michigan where Barb lived until 2014 when she moved to Tawas Village to be closer to her daughter.


Barb was a devoted wife and caring mother who enjoyed skiing, golfing, travel, sewing, entertaining, and bridge with friends and family. She was an active member of Gaylord Country Club where she golfed until age 85. Barb was a devoted member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Gaylord prior to joining Christ Church in East Tawas.


She is survived by her daughters and son-in laws Pam (Tom) Jacques of Tawas City, MI, Sandy (Larry) Fischer of Bainbridge Island WA, eldest son David Otto of Tavernier Fla, grandchildren Patrick (Jenilee) Jacques, Nick (Mandy) Jacques,  Katie (Darby) Decker, Jenny Jacques, Sean and Dylan Fischer, great grandchildren Rosalee, Elsie and Sadie Jacques, brother Dick and Sharon Leslie, step sister and brother Jane (Howard) Cheney and Jack (Anne) Barton, nieces and nephews and her much loved cat and companion Daisey.


Barb was predeceased by her husband Fred (1925-2011) parents Lucille (Glen) Barton and Paul (Helen) Leslie.


A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 19 at 11 AM from St. Andrews Episcopal Church.  Visitation will be on Sunday, December 18 from 3-7 PM at Nelson Funeral Home and at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Monday from 10 AM until the time of service.


Interment will be at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 11 AM.


Donations in memory of Barb can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Research Fund, St. Andrews Episcopal Church or Cartwright Care Center through the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734

Visitation To Be Held At: Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Service To Be Held At: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Burial To Be Held At: White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Michigan

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From: Jim and Barb Lappan
Gaylord, MI

Our sincere condolences with the passing of Barb, she and Fred were dear friends for the majority of their time in Gaylord. May each of their children and grandchildren find comfort knowing her memory and her love will last forever.


Our condolences to the family. We are saddened to receive the news. Barb was a good neighbor, but more than that she was an elegant lady. She leaves this world a better place for her having been here. Now she will be united with Fred in eternity.