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In Memory of Margee Ott


1 hour prior to the funeral at church on Saturday, and from 4:00-7:00pm on Friday, April 1st at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street in Baldwin WI

Funeral Services

10:00am on Saturday, April 2nd at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1350 Florence Street in Baldwin

Margaret V. “Margee” Ott, age 67 of Baldwin WI, died on Wednesday morning, March 23, 2016 at the Baldwin Care Center.  Margee was born November 21, 1948 in Joliet, Illinois to parents Dr. Fred and Amelia (nee Thoren) Whitlark. The family moved to Amery, Wisconsin, where Margee would graduate from Amery High School with the Class of 1967. Margee also reigned as “Miss Amery”, and was a runner-up in the miss Eau Claire pageant. Margee would further her education at UW Eau Claire, where she earned cum laude honors upon graduation with degrees in English and History. Margee would go on to earn her Masters degree in Art from UW Stout. Margee would meet the love of her life, Howard, in a history class at UW Eau Claire. The two were united in marriage on July 1, 1972 in Amery WI, and their union would be blessed with a son, Erich.

Though she just had one son, Mrs. Ott literally had hundreds of kids from her more than 30 years of teaching in the Plum City School District. While there, Margee coordinated the Senior class trips to New York City, was a cheerleading advisor, and after her retirement, would often substitute teach whenever she got the chance. Margee loved geography, travel, art, painting, sculpting, jewelry making, scrapbooking, and reading, especially romance novels. Margee also played the organ at her church for many years. Above all, Margee was a devoted wife, a loving mom and grandma, a passionate teacher, and the kindest friend that anyone could ask for. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Margee was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Ott; her parents; uncle, Stewart Morrison; and brother-in-law, Al Hermes. Margee is survived by her son, Erich Ott; granddaughter, Addison; sister, Valerie (Larry) Christenson; brother, Fred (Sue) Whitlark; aunt, Marianne Morrison; brother-in-law, Mel (Gina) Ott; sister-in-law, Dorothy Hermes; sisters of the heart, Betty Van Someren and Sue Zwald; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and generations of Plum City Blue Devils alumni.

Funeral Services for Margee Ott will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1350 Florence Street in Baldwin, with Pastor David Wall officiating. Burial will take place at the Amery Cemetery in Amery, WI. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the funeral at church on Saturday, and from 4:00-7:00pm on Friday, April 1st at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street in Baldwin WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, WI. 715-684-3434

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    • Mrs. Ott , All of our boys loved having you for a teacher at Plum City. You were a great inspiration with your smile and by instilling an appreciation for art in students who may have never thought they could create anything!
      God bless you and your family.
      Mike, Holly, Adam, Matthew, Charles and Benjamin Girdeen

    • Margee my favorite teacher in Middle School in the Chetek School District. She was a young teacher then and was so full of energy and enthusiasm it made going to class every day a joy. We all learned a LOT about world history events and she managed to make it an interactive classroom. Things were different then and we learned a lot because of that. She burned incense in the classroom, brought in ethnic food for us to try etc. when it fit into her plan for the specific curriculum for that day. She can be attributed to my (the class) being able to eat with “chop sticks” which we learned on a day when she brought in certain asian foods for us.

      I am now 52 years old and have fond memories of these things, and carry a lot of what I learned from her about history to this day.

      Thank you Margee for the life learning experience provided to me at a young age. You were the “best of the best” as a teacher.

      My sincere thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.


      Chetek High School Class of 1982

    • First Howie and now Margee. Two of my favorite people from my H.S. days and college. When Howie passed I made a note to be sure to get in touch with Margee before 2019 (when Sharon and I celebrate our 5oth Anniversary. I can’t believe I am outliving so many of my dear friends. I’m certain Margee is happy rejoining Howie in heaven. Their souls will be truly missed. My condolences to their family and friends.
      Your old friend,

    • Dear Mrs. Ott, you were my 7th grade Geography teacher at the Chetek School District, school year 1975-1976. You made everyone feel important and no one was ever left out. You taught Pom-Pons. I participated, but thought I could not attend the game as I didn’t have a ride home and lived 15 miles away from school. You gave me a ride home down snowy country roads. I have always remembered that. I will never forget you or how you touched my life and the lives of others. Teachers of your caliber don’t come around often. Bless your heart. -Chetek High Graduate class of 1981

    • Dear Mrs. Ott,
      You were such an inspiring person! You lived your life with such joy and verve, and you were unstintingly generous with your enthusiasm and your kindness. You blessed every one who crossed your path and I will not forget you. May you rest in peace.

    • Dear Mrs. Ott,
      I hope you know how wonderful a teacher you were to all of us crazy high schoolers! You had such a big heart for teaching and it really showed in the classroom. You were smart, you were sweet, you were kind, you were fun and you made sure that we were ready for college-level courses. I can’t thank you enough for teaching us great literary works, convincing us to dress up and perform sketches on those literary works, assigning us to write a term paper (and showing us how to organize our note cards in those recipe boxes!) and stoking the fire to keep learning. Thank you for helping us put together the unique Class Trip experience and for chaperoning our dances. Thank you for being the cheerleading advisor and for supporting and encouraging school pride. As I type these words, however, “Thank you” just doesn’t seem to be enough. You leave a big legacy in Plum City and you are cherished by your students. You will always be remembered as one of our favorite teachers. May you rest in peace with your wonderful husband Howard. We will miss you!

      Teresa (Brunner) Davis – Class of 1998

    • My dear, sweet Margaret-
      There are so many very fond memories I have, and many of us have, growing up in Amery with you. You were always there with a smile and a giving, warm heart which continued throughout your life.
      You and Howard raised a wonderful son, Erich, and the three of you had a warm and fulfilling life together. Now you have joined your loving husband, Howard, your parents and grandparents who were so important in your life.
      Rest well my dear friend. Know that you are truly loved and will never be forgotten. Luv u, Susan xo

    • You will be missed Margee Ott. The hundreds of lives you touched will never forget the love you gave them. It gives us all comfort to know you are now with your beloved Howard for all of eternity. I will miss you both mysterious special friends.