Josephine Martha Otto (1919-2001)

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Josephine Martha "White Owl" Otto Walker Adams
Josephine Otto.jpg
Born: 20 Aug 1919 Charlevoix, Michigan
Died: 16 Nov 2001 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Joseph Foster Otto
Mother: Christine May Baker
Siblings: Josephine Martha Otto
Mildred J. Otto
Henrietta J. Otto
Hermes Joseph Otto
Mary Martina C. Otto
Simon George Otto
Ethel Lea Otto
Christine M. Otto
Veronica M. Otto
Donulus A. Otto
Spouse: Levi Joseph Walker
Married: 11 Oct 1941 Charlevoix, Michigan
Children: Freda Christine Walker
Yvonne Marie Walker
Donna Mae Walker
Levi Joseph Walker
Pauline M. Walker
Marilyn Walker
Spouse: Mr. Adams


Petoskey News-Review, November 18, 2001:

Josephine M. Adams, 82

Josephine M. Adams, also known as White Owl, 82, of Petoskey, passed on to the Spirit World Nov. 16, 2001, at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey.

Mrs. Adams was born Aug. 20, 1919, in Charlevoix, the daughter of Foster and Christine (Baker) Otto. She attended school in Petoskey until graduation. She then went to college in Marquette and Green Bay, earning her nursing degree.

She worked at Charlevoix Area Hospital, Northern Michigan Hospital, and in private duty nursing in Georgia. She married Levi Walker Sr. on Oct. 11, 1941, in Charlevoix. Mrs. Adams was a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe. She was a well-known watercolorist and finger-weaver.

Survivors include her son, Levi Walker Jr., of Petoskey; daughters, Pauline Walker of Charlevoix, Yvonne Walker Keshick of Pellston, Donna Walker of Petoskey; adopted daughter, Marilyn Zerbe, of Petoskey; stepdaughter, Lynn Ann Felcher, of Harbor Springs; sisters, Peggy Steele, Mildred Allen, Veronica High, Christine Reed; brothers, Simon Otto, Hermes Otto and Donnolus Otto; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her husband, Levi Walker Sr.; parents, Foster and Christine Otto; daughter, Freda Schwander; sisters, Mary Deguvra and Ethel Garrow.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 19, at the Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey.


  • Marriage: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Marriages:
WALKER, Levi & OTTO, Josephine
Date of Marriage: 10/11/1941
Liber: 5
Folio: 50
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
Adams, Josephine Martha
Date of Death: 11/16/2001
Liber: 2001
Folio: 427
Place of Death: Petoskey
Adams, Josephine M. (Otto)
Age: 82
Born: 8/20/1919
Died: 11/16/2001
Burial: 0/0/0000
Cemetery: Unknown
Obituary: on file
  • Burial: FindAGrave memorial:#40683475
MARRIAGE: Married Levi Joseph Walker in October 1941 Charlevoix Michigan. 11 Oct 1941
BAPTISM: Baptized into Roman Catholic Church September 7th 1919. St. Mary Of the Assumption in Charlevoix Michigan.

AGE: 82 years of age at time of passing. (by Kokopelli)