Sister Ida Otto, 73, of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana, died at 7:25 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Indiana.
Sister Ida was born April 10, 1943, in Evansville, Indiana, the third of six children of Raymond and Veronica (Fuhs) Otto. She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1962 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1964. She celebrated the 50th anniversary of her monastic profession in 2014.
She is survived by nieces, nephews, and members of her religious community. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Danny, Ted, Fr. Ray, David, and John.
Sister Ida was a preschool teacher at Precious Blood School in Jasper, St. Vincent’s Day Care Center in Evansville, St. Bernard’s Early Childhood Learning Center in Rockport, and Williams Air Force Base in Mesa, Arizona. She served in parish ministry in Apache Junction, Arizona and did missionary work in Peru. She worked in the monastery kitchen and cared for her elderly parents. She most recently served in supportive services at the monastery.
Visitation will be at the monastery on Tuesday, April 26, from 2 to 6:45 p.m. EDT, and on Wednesday, April 27, from 2 to 3:45 p.m. A wake service will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in the monastery church followed by burial in the monastery cemetery.
Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand.