Ola “Fern” Kottwitz, age 87, of Bland passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Jefferson City Manor.
Fern was born September 18, 1930 in rural Gasconade County, a daughter to the late Edwin F. and Eunice (Shockley) Biehl.
On April 12, 1952, Fern was united in marriage to Edward Theodore Kottwitz in Bland. He preceded her in death on September 23, 2009.
She was a member of the Zion Evangelical Church in Bland and was a lifelong member of the area.
At the age of 16, Fern went to work at the International Shoe factory in Bland and later was employed at the Kellwood Tent Company in Bland.
Fern enjoyed quilting, gardening, going to church dinners and watching RFDTV and St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball games. She loved to cook and feed her family but most of all, she loved spending time with them.
Fern is survived by: one daughter, Donna Temme and her husband Ron of Jefferson City; one son, Dale Kottwitz of Belle; four grandchildren, Cassandra Price and her husband Michael of Louisburg, KS, Richard Temme and his wife Ashley of Jefferson City, Patrick Temme of Jefferson City, and Samantha Kottwitz of Belle; two great-grandchildren, Brynlee and Brayden Temme; and one sister, Geraldine Ketterer of Iowa as well many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by three siblings. Evelyn Biehl, Leon Beihl, and Linda Kay Green.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Sassmann’s Chapel in Bland. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. with Mark Farran officiating. Interment will be in the Old Bland Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Old Bland Cemetery fund.