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Obituary: Lorraine M. Otto


February 13, 2017

Lorraine M. Otto, 92, passed away Friday, Feb 10, 2017, at Big Sandy Nursing Home due to natural causes.

Services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at 11 a.m. with a viewing one hour prior at St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church with Father Pete Guthneck officiating. Burial to follow at Big Sandy Cemetery.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements.

Please visit Lorraine's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for her family at http://www.hollandbonine.com.

Lorraine was born Nov. 19, 1924, to Fred and Adeline Fortier in Drayton, North Dakota. She attended school and was raised in Drayton until the family moved to Warroad, Minnesota, when Lorraine was a teenager. It was in Warroad that she met Robert Otto. The couple married in 1940. They had six children whom they raised in Warroad. They moved to Montana in 1967.

Lorraine and Robert ran the PN and Virgelle Ferries on the Missouri River for over 25 years. Lorraine also worked as a cook for the Big Sandy Rotary Club, serving a delicious meal every Monday night as well as at the annual Rotary Banquet. She was a member of the Rebekahs Lodge in Big Sandy. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crafting, gardening, and writing poetry. Lorraine made dolls, quilts, clothes and sleeping bags for her grandchildren. She also had a fabulous vegetable garden, taking special pride in her tomatoes.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Robert; son, Terry; son-in-law, Rocky Zaparynuk; three sisters; three brothers; and her parents.

Lorraine is survived by her children Ronald (Adele) of Big Sandy, Darryle "Pete" (Marlene) of Columbia Falls, Allan (Cindy) of Havre, Jerry (Debbie) of Havre, and Madonna Zaparynuk of Big Sandy; daughter-in-law, Kim Otto of Havre; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sister, Jeanette (Chancy) Cole of Warroad, Minnesota; and sister-in-law, Lillian Fortier of Warroad, Minnesota.


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