She was born June 6, 1943 in Karnes City to Rudolph and Emile Bruns. She and Walter Otto married Dec. 29, 1943, 67 years ago. Stella was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Karnes City. She and her husband were longtime Caretakers of the New Breman Cemetery. She was a member of the Farm Bureau and active community volunteer.
She is survived by her husband, Walter of Karnes City; sister, Cora Ahrens of Tyler, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held from 4 until 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel in Karnes City with the funeral being held 10 a.m., Monday Sept. 19, 2011 at the funeral home. Reverend Sue Huntsman officiated. Interment followed in the New Breman Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Mike Berger, Dean Claridge, Donnie Mizera, Gary Otto, James Otto, Raymond Otto, Vernon Zimmerman, and Bill McGavran; and honorary pallbearers included Dorothy Gilbert, Sharon Gustof, Gloria McGavran, Lois Claridge, Billye Berger, Virginia Blackwell, Janet Hollman, Betty Ann Kuykendall, Gloria Lieke, Maxine Tudyk, Sandra Wilhelm, and Ronnie Bueche.
The funeral services were entrusted to Rhodes Funeral Home, Inc. where the on-line guest book may be signed at rhodesfuneralhomeinc.com.