PIQUA - Estella (Aunt Stel) M. Otto, 89, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at the Piqua Manor Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 9, 1923, in St. Anthony, Mo.
Stel is survived by her nieces, Mary Ellen (Buechter) McKinley, Louanne O'Neal and Geri Ryan; and nephew, Stanley Buechter of Piqua, and numerous other nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces who live throughout the country.
Stel was preceded in death by her parents, Dominicus and Anna (Lindenbusch) Otto; sisters and brothers-in-law, Alma and Lawrence Schulte, Helen and Norbert Buschman, Eleanor and George Thomas, Ida M. and Martin Buechter and Hilda Marie (Pudge) and Walter Theiss; and a niece, Carol Buschman.
Aunt Stel was a talented teacher, musician and painter and held a master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. She taught vocal and instrumental music at the Leo C. Miller Studios in St. Louis and was the church organist for St. Mary Magdeline Parish in St. Louis before moving to Ohio in 1994.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, with the Rev. Fr. Angelo C. Caserta as the celebrant. The family will receive visitors beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be with her parents in Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis. Arrangements are being handled through the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Stel's memory may be made to the Miami County Center for Life, 305 E. Main St., Troy, OH 45373 or the Miami County Mental Health Coalition, 1100 Wayne St., Troy, OH 45373. Condolences to the family also may be expressed through jamiesonand