Mary Kay Otte


Mary Kay Otte, 77, of Wakefield, Nebraska, died Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. 

A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at the Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield. The memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 1 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne. Lunch will follow the service at the Wakefield American Legion Hall in Wakefield. Burial will be at a later date in the Wakefield Cemetery. 

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation. 

Services are under the direction of Munderloh – Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield.

Mary Kay Otte was born in Sioux City, Iowa on Oct. 23, 1946, the daughter of Gerard and Agnes (DeLaurier) Chicoine. After graduating from Jefferson High School in Jefferson, South Dakota in 1964, Mary Kay attended Nursing School at St. Vincent’s in Sioux City, Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Science. On Aug. 17, 1968 Mary Kay married Sanford “Sandy” Otte in Jefferson, South Dakota. She worked for a short time as a nurse until the couple started their family. She was proud of her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them, playing card games with them, which she rarely lost was a favorite pastime.

Mary Kay enjoyed sewing, quilting, and genealogy; and was famous for her peanut brittle. She also had a love for the river, where the family has spent their weekends for the last 50 years, and various fishing trips to Canada, where she always outfished Sandy. Being a South Dakota river gal, she taught Sandy how to mushroom hunt.

Survivors include her husband, Sandy, of Wakefield; daughter, Michelle (Scot) Keagle of Wakefield; daughter, Christy (Jon) Gault and children, Hannah and Jack of Golden, Colorado; daughter, Kathy (Carl) Lewis, and children, Bill and Ryan of White Fish Bay, Wisconsin; and a brother, Dale Chicoine of Elkhorn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerard and Agnes Chicoine; son, Ryan Otte; sisters, Bernadine Brown and Geraldine Spartz; sister-in-law, Sheryl Chicoine; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Harriet “Rae” Otte.