Mary Ann Oetken


Mary Ann Oetken, 93, of Norfolk, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 at Countryside Home in Madison.

Services will be  at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk with the Rev. Brian Johnson officiating.  Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Rose Hill Cemetery at Emerson.  Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 1 from 5-7 p.m. at Home for Funerals, Norfolk Avenue location.

Mary Ann Oetken was born March 28, 1925 at Thurston to Jerry and Mary (Paulsen) Pallas. She was baptized and confirmed in the John Huss Presbyterian Church in Thurston. She was raised on the family farm near Emerson and attended District 61, Thurston County country school through the eighth grade, then helped at home taking care of younger siblings.

She married Herman Oetken on Dec. 25, 1942 at Herman's parents farm near Emerson. They lived in Emerson and then resided in Wayne for 39 years before moving to Norfolk in 2007. While living in Wayne, she was employed for several years at Arnies's Grocery and also helped the elderly in their homes. Mary Ann was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wayne for many years and was currently a member of First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk. She was a 4-H leader at one time along with being an "Avon Lady". Mary Ann and Herman were very active in the Wayne Food Pantry and the Coat Closet at their church in Wayne. Mary Ann enjoyed embroidery work, giving many handmade items as gifts. She also enjoyed traveling and gardening. Entertaining family and friends at a meal in her home gave her lots of enjoyment.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen and Larry Koehlmoos of Norfolk; a son, Bill and Connie of Edgewood, Md.; five grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a sister ,Helen Oetken of Madison, S.D.; sisters-in-law, Wilma Pallas of Emerson and Loretta Pallas of Lincoln and a special friend Ruth Simpkin of Wakefield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 73 years, Herman; a grandson, Randy Koehlmoos; sisters Alyce Jean Messerschmidt and Mildred Oetken and brothers Joe, Milton and Jerry Pallas, Jr.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

The Wayne Herald

Mailing Address:
114 Main Street
Wayne, NE 68787
Phone: 402-375-2600

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