Antoinette Marie “Toni” Otto (Panka)

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Antoinette Marie “Toni” Otto (Panka), 94, of Sun City West, Ariz. passed away, Friday, April 1, in the comfort of her home.

Toni, daughter of Peter and Antoinette (Schoeffer) Panka was born on March 23, 1922, raised, and attended school in Prairie du Chien and graduated from College of Saint Teresa with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Toni was a teacher at Patch Grove School, and enjoyed teaching the drama classes most. She left teaching to help in the family business, Panka’s Shoe Store. For a short time she was also a radio celebrity, Mary Ellen’s Notebook. Later she owned and operated the family business until her retirement. She was united in marriage to Frederick Otto.

After her retirement Toni and husband Fred resided in Arizona. They both loved traveling, playing golf reading, and watching sports.

Toni was preceded in death by her parents Peter and Antoinette Panka, and husband Frederick Otto in 2010.

Internment arrangements by Neptune Society at the National Cemetery, Cave Creek, AZ.

Toni’s Request;

To Those I Love And Those Who Love Me, When I am gone, release me. 

Let me go, I have so many things to see and do.

You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears, Be happy, we had so many years.

I gave you my love and you can only guess, How much you gave to me in happiness.

I thank you for the love you each have shown, But now it’s time I traveled alone.

So grieve a while for me if grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

It’s only for a while that we must part, So bless those memories in your heart.

I won't be far away for life goes on, So if you need me, call and I will come.

Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near, with all my love around you soft and clear.

And then, when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and “Welcome You Home.”

Author: Unknown

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