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NAME ELSIE. OTTENS, age 91, of Aurora, passed away suddenly following a brief illness, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 02, 2013, and is now free to live eternally in Heaven. BORN She was born February 8, 1922 in Bairdford, PA the daughter of Clark and Barbara Greene. CHILDHOOD Elsie’s family moved to Mooseheart in Batavia, IL following her father’s passing before her second birthday. When her mother married Jay Moulding in 1933, Elsie and the rest of the children moved back with her, making their home on a farm in the Elburn area. MARRIED She was united in marriage on June 7, 1947 to Harry Joseph Ottens at the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora. They began their life on Watson Street in Aurora and made thousands of memories in the town that would be her lifelong home. Elsie worked at Allsteel for more than 50 years. She retired after they closed their doors in 1994. Elsie would carry the burden of grief twice in her life with the loss of her husband Harry in 1979 and her son Kevin in 1995.MEMBERSHIP Elsie was a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Post 100 and First Presbyterian Church in Aurora. LIFE NOTES Elsie hands were immensely talented and always moving. She enjoyed many kinds of crafts and always loved to share her handiwork with family and friends. She even taught as a Tri-Chem instructor on how to use a special paint made especially for craftwork. She also had a mind for details and was deft at putting together puzzles. The end results were many times immortalized by sealing them forever and displaying their beauty on the walls of her home. FAMILY MEMBERS She is survived by one sister, Ann I. Lambert of Lily Lake, many nieces and nephews and a community of friends. PRECEDED She is preceded in death by her parents, Clark Greene and Barbara Moulding, her husband Harry, only son Kevin Ottens, three brothers: Clyde "Norman" Greene, Clark Greene, Wilbur Peterman and one sister, Pearl McCann. VISITATION/ FUNERALVisitation will be from 10-11:45 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2013, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. A funeral service to celebrate her life will follow visitation at 12 p.m. with interment at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn. MEMORIALS In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Memorials may be made to the "Elsie Ottens Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the same address or at www.conleycare.com.