Sally Lee (Battershaw) Otto

Sally Lee (Battershaw) Otto, 87, loving and devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister passed away peacefully at home on July 25, 2023 surrounded in love by her family.  She was born on February 06, 1936 in Norfolk, NE to the late Viola Mae (Staudenmaier) Battershaw and Walter Evans Battershaw.  Sally was the youngest of eight children.

From a young age she loved working at her parent’s cafe, “Walt’s Cafe.”  It was there that she met her husband Ronald E. Otto, and they were married on July 10, 1960.  They had three daughters, Ronda, Sherri and Traci.  She spent most of her life caring for her princess daughters.  Once they were in junior high school she began working outside of the home.  She worked at Brandeis, Richman Gordman, and Methodist Hospital.  She loved working and helping people.

Sally loved her family more than anything, she loved every moment she spent with her grandchildren, her cats – especially Mittens, Precious and her beloved Buddy, she loved her friends, having fun, laughing, watching MASH and Golden Girls, eating cookies, donuts, cake, and chocolates.  Sally also loved doing ceramics with her sister Arlene.  Sally loved converting to Catholicism and celebrating the sacraments, a special thank you to Fr. Benjamin Boyd.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents; former husband, Ronald E. Otto; infant son, Kenneth Wayne Otto;  siblings: Arlene Johnsen (Arthur), Pershing Roberts, Donald Battershaw (Venus), Jerald Battershaw, Dewey Battershaw, Mary Catherine Battershaw, JoAnn Brandt (Melvin) and Clifford Battershaw (Doris).  Sally is also preceded in death by, Ruth (Otto) Laughlin, Janet Kay Otto, Norman and Connie Otto, Duane Otto, Barbara McGuire; many nieces and nephews.

Sally is survived by:  Ronda and Rod Kuehl, Sherri and Ray Judah, Traci Otto; grandchildren:  Joseph and Laura Kuehl, Daniel and Brittany Kuehl, James and Michael Kuehl, Jessica Kuehl, Matthew and Amber Judah, Michael Judah, Makayla Judah, Marcus Judah and Morgan Judah; great-grandchildren:  Kylie, Ryan and Tyler Kuehl and Link and Helen Judah; many nieces and nephews; Robert Otto and Richard Laughlin.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Sally’s granddaughter, Makayla Judah, for her loving care of her grandma during the last five years of her life.  Makayla you brought her much happiness.

Family will receive friends Monday, July 31, 2023, from 5-7PM at West Center Chapel

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, August 1, 2023, 10:30AM at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church (16701 “S” Street)

Interment: Resurrection


  • Vincent Grillo Posted July 30, 2023 3:35 pm

    So sorry to hear the news. You all are in my prayers.

  • Carla Newman Posted July 31, 2023 6:04 am

    My heart is heavy with the loss of my good friend and partner in crime, Sally. But my heart is also light with joy in knowing that God promises that I will see Sally again one day in paradise….whole and healthy… and probably surrounded by cats. 🙂 Thinking of you all during these difficult days. Sally, save me a place at The Table, my friend.

  • Kathy Burgin Posted August 1, 2023 10:55 am

    My deepest sympathy to Sally’s family. Never would I have imagined the day I walked into Richmonds that I would meet my forever friend. A friend I shared so many memories with: our daily stops at Hardees for conversation and tea with extra ice,skipping typing class to go to Michaels for Mexican food and our trips to Westroads-not to shop but to have our favorite chili dogs topped with everything just to name a few. So many great memories! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, Sally. Love you always.

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