Mary Louise Otto, 67, passed away peacefully March 31, 2018 in Oak Park Heights after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Mary made her arrival in heaven with the stage set just right, the angels cued and the perfect lighting. A Celebration of Life for Mary Otto will be held at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2 p.m. Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m., and a classic Mary Otto “Wine and Cheese” reception will follow the service. The celebration will include a musical tribute performed by many of her former students and theatre participants whose young lives she touched. Mary will be deeply missed. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Mary was born July 12, 1950 in Minneapolis to Lavere Donald and Myrtle (Nye) Zschunke. She was a graduate of Redwood Falls High School and Mankato State University. Mary and James Otto had two daughters, Rachel and Melody. She lived in Detroit Lakes for 40 years and she cherished the community as her home. Mary was a devoted mother, and an accomplished teacher, director, author, playwright and community leader. She is survived by her daughters Rachel (Tom) Bies and Melody (Noah) Schumacher, granddaughters Grace and Lucy Schumacher, brothers Mike (Nancy) Zschunke and John Zschunke and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Myrtle Zschunke.