Thank you for your response. Following is what I found in the Boonville Weekly Advertiser on Johannah Westerman Otten's death.
DEATH OF MRS. JOHN OTTEN
Died, at her home in Boonville, Mo., June 20, 1891, after a brief illness, Mrs. (complete next line blacked out by crease in newspaper) the esteemed citizens of our town. Up to a few hours before her death, she appeared to be in her usual good health, but after retiring, Friday night, was taken ill and was unconscious when the physician, who was hastily summoned, arrived at her bedside, and she died at eleven o'clock the next day. Her death resulted from paralysis of the brain.
She was born in Baden, Germany, April 12, 1830, and was married, in 1849, to the husband who survives her. She became the mother of eight children, four of whom preceded her to the grave. Her surviving children are Mrs. C. H. Brokmeyer, Mrs. A. Schnedler, Mrs. E. W. Pfaffenberger and Frank Otten, all of this city.
Funeral services were held at the German Methodist church, she being a member of that denomination. Rev. Mr. Hausam, of Sedalia, conducted the services, assisted by Rev. T. M. S. Kenney, of the Baptist church, and Rev. Henry Leesman, of the Evangelical church.
The esteem in which the deceased was held was evinced by the large number of persons who attended the services and followed the remains to their last resting place in Walnut Grove cemetery. Floral tributes, wrought into many beautiful forms, were laid upon her grave, some having been sent by friends in Sedalia, and St. Louis.
In her death the church has lost a faithful communicant, the community one whose example was wrothy of emulation, and the sorrowing husband and children, an affectionate wife and mother. To them the sympathy of all who knew the worth of the deceased, is extended in the time of their breavement.
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