Elsie Ottens, 91, of Aurora, passed away suddenly, following a brief illness, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. She is now free to live eternally in Heaven.
She was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Bairdford, Penn., the daughter of Clark and Barbara Greene.
Elsie’s family moved to Mooseheart in Batavia following her father’s passing before her second birthday. When her mother married Jay Moulding in 1933, Elsie and the rest of the children moved back with her, making their home on a farm in the Elburn area.
She was united in marriage on June 7, 1947, to Harry Joseph Ottens at the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora. They began their life on Watson Street in Aurora and made thousands of memories in the town that would be her lifelong home.
Elsie worked at Allsteel for more than 50 years. She retired after they closed their doors in 1994. Elsie would carry the burden of grief twice in her life with the loss of Harry in 1979, and her son Kevin in 1995.
Elsie was a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Post 100 and First Presbyterian Church in Aurora.
Elsie’s hands were immensely talented and always moving. She enjoyed many kinds of crafts and always loved to share her handiwork with family and friends. She even taught as a Tri-Chem instructor on how to use a special paint made especially for craftwork. She also had a mind for details and was deft at putting together puzzles. The end results were many times immortalized by sealing them forever and displaying their beauty on the walls of her home.
She is survived by one sister, Ann I. Lambert of Lily Lake; many nieces and nephews and a community of friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Clark Greene and Barbara Moulding; her husband, Harry; only son, Kevin Ottens; three brothers, Clyde “Norman” Greene, Clark Greene and Wilbur Peterman; and one sister, Pearl McCann.
Visitation was held on Friday at Conley Funeral Home. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed visitation, with interment at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Memorials may be made to the “Elsie Ottens Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.