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Sister Mary Esther Otter — Nov. 22, 1933 – Jan. 13, 2018

Sister Mary Esther Otter died Jan. 13, 2018, at Mt. Joseph Senior Village in Concordia, Kan. She was 84 years old and a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia for 65 years. She was born in Clayton, Kan., on Nov. 22, 1933, to Frank and Margaret Bates Otter, the third of eight children, and was baptized Irene Fernunda. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia on Feb. 6, 1952. On Aug. 15, 1952, Irene received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Mary Esther. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 15, 1953 and final vows on Aug. 15, 1956.

Sister Mary Esther received a bachelor’s of arts degree in history and English from Marymount College, Salina, Kan., in 1965. Post-graduate work was done in Duluth, Minn., and Minnesota University in St. Paul, Fort Hays, Kan., and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. She taught for 26 years in schools staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Silver City, N.M., Cawker City, Schoenchen, Manhattan and Salina. She then co-founded and ministered at St. Clare House in Junction City, Kan. In 2000, Sister Mary Esther retired to the Nazareth Motherhouse; followed by a move to Mt. Joseph Senior Village in February 2017.

Sister Mary Esther was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother. She is survived by three sisters, two of whom are also Sisters of St. Joseph – Sister Francis Margaret, Concordia, and Sister Donna of El Paso, Texas – and JoAnn Long, of Clayton, Kan.; and two brothers, Alvin, of Wichita, Kan., and Marion, of New Almelo, Kan. A Bible vigil service will be held Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the Nazareth Motherhouse Chapel with Sister Mary Jo Thummel as the eulogist. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Jan.16 at 10:30 a.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel, Father Dan Scheetz presiding. The burial will be in the Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery. Nutter Mortuary, 116 E.  Sixth St., Concordia, is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials for Sister Mary Esther Otter may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters; P.O. Box 279, Concordia KS 66901. To make an online donation in Sister Mary Esther’s memory, click on the button below:


One thought on “Sister Mary Esther Otter — Nov. 22, 1933 – Jan. 13, 2018

  • Jane M. Moore

    My sincere sympathy to her family, friends, and the Sisters of St. Joseph community. I remember Sister Mary Esther with great fondness. She was such a sweet, thoughtful, and faith-filled person who touched many lives, including mine and my family’s when she was a teacher at St. Theresa’s in Cawker City, and even many years later when we visited her at the Motherhouse. May she rest in peace….

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