Mercedes Otten

Mercedes Delores Otten (Biersack)

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Mercedes D. Otten (nee Biersack) age 77 years, joined Jesus and her loved ones on Sunday February 3, 2019. Mercedes was born on April 23rd, 1941 in West bend to Jerome and Minerva (nee Schultze) Biersack and was raised on the family farm. Her next door neighbor Roman “Dickey” Otten became her sweetheart and the love of her life. She fondly remembered Dickie passing caramels to her over the fence line on a hay fork as they worked together harvesting crops on both farms. They were married on Oct 10th, 1959, and later purchased their own farm in Kewaskum where they worked side by side and lovingly raised three children; Kathy (Dave Birch) Otten, Andy Otten and Judy (Rich) Heilman.

Mercedes remained on the farm until moving to Serenity Villa in Slinger in January 2018 for health-related reasons. There she received excellent loving care by the staff and her nurses Julie and Kim (from Horizon Hospice). Dr. Gary Herdrich was Mercedes’s Dr. for many years and was very special and highly regarded by her.

Mercedes dearly loved her grandchildren; Dan Peters, Shelly (Kyle Brierton) Peters, Katelyn Heilman and Ethan Heilman, her great-grandson Jaxon Brierton was affectionately called “the little farmer” by her.

She had a very sweet and loving heart that everyone treasured and an unmatched level of care and commitment as she lovingly cared for Dickey for 14 years following his debilitating stroke until he passed away.

Mercedes loved card games, shopping and going to lunch, gator rides on the farm and helping at church activities and rummage sales. She enjoyed visits from friends, and neighbors and family gatherings.

Mercedes was preceded in death by her husband Roman, her parents, in-laws Andrew and Elsie Otten, and brother and sisters in-laws; William and Jean Otten, John and Alice Heindl, John and Grace Kuester, many aunts, uncles other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services for Mercedes will be held at 12:00 pm on Thursday February 7th at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W Paradise Dr. West Bend) with Fr. Tom Biersack presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday February 7th from 10:00 am until time of service at 12:00 pm. Interment will be at Old St. Mary Cemetery in West Bend.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 W Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 12:00pm
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 W Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. Tom Biersack
  • Interment

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 2:30pm
    Old St Mary Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Linda Otten

Posted at 09:26pm
My heart felt sympathy goes out to Mercedes’ family. She will always be with us in our hearts and memories. ❤️


Posted at 09:12am
Please accept my condolence for the loss of your dear loved one, Mercedes.. May the God of All comfort bring to your mind fond memories of her. The Bible says at Acts 24:15 that "there is going to be a resurrection". It would be wonderful to see Mercedes alive on the Earth, free from sickness and pain. Psalms 115: 16 tells us that "The heavens belong to Jehovah, but the earth, he has given to the sons og men." So, it is God's purpose for his creation to live forever on the Earth, and he promises that this will happen soon. Please visit to find more comfort about God's trustworthy promise of the resurrection.

Lori Koeckenberg

Posted at 10:41pm
Our family would like to extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother Mercedes. Our mother Shirley was her roommate at Cedar Community.
Shirley Boerner & Family

Gary and Cheri Bell

Posted at 07:25pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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