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Obituary for Lorraine Otto

Lorraine Otto, age 93 of Middleville, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2022. Lorraine was born on September 9, 1928 in Woodland, the daughter of Carl and Doris (Carter) Wheeler. Lorraine was a 1946 graduate of Thornapple-Kellogg High School. On May 1, 1948 Lorraine married Dave Otto at Middleville United Methodist Church, and together they shared 73 years on this earth. This past Sunday, May 1, Dave and Lorraine were able to celebrate their 74th wedding anniversary together in Heaven. Lorraine and Dave made a great team -especially on the family farm. She worked inside while Dave worked outside and together they raised four boys and built a Fresh Turkey business. They were active members of the Middleville United Methodist Church for many years. Lorraine was known for her beautiful hand-stitched quilts and handmade baskets. She attended many basket conventions, wrote a book entitled “Parables of a Basket“ combining her love for baskets with her love for Jesus, and taught hundreds of people the skill of basket weaving. Lorraine and Dave enjoyed spending winters in Lake Como, Florida for many years. Lorraine is survived by her children: Ken (Mary Laura) Otto, Marty (Mary) Otto, Tom (Jeri) Otto, Chris (Jan) Otto; close family friend and former exchange student Rainer (Birgit) Lehfeldt; nine grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; brother Laverne (Babs) Wheeler; several nieces and nephews. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dave Otto; infant son Roger Otto; brother Leroy (Helen) Wheeler; brother in law Robert (Rose Marie) Otto; sister in law Joann (Roger) Whittemore. A joint memorial service for Lorraine and Dave took place last Sunday on their family farm. Private burial will take place in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Middleville United Methodist Church building fund will be appreciated. Please visit to share a memory or leave a condolence message for Lorraine’s family.