Gayleene Elizabeth Ottersen
November 15, 1937 – January 7, 2022
KENOSHA – Gayleene Elizabeth Ottersen, 84, of Kenosha, WI, formerly of Zion, IL, died on January 7, 2022. Gayleene was born on November 15, 1937 in Kenosha to the late Paul Brown and Elaine (Bill) Lindblom.
She attended Zion schools and at Gayleene Junior High she gave her life to Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She attended the Moody Bible Institute where she met Roger Ottersen of Michigan City, IN. They decided to build their lives together and were married on August 2, 1958. She has served faithfully as a pastor’s wife in Michigan City, IN, Zion, IL, and Sun City, AZ. Gayleene and Roger took care of the people in their neighborhood, town and parish. Together they traveled to missions around the world, and she joyfully served Sunday School, women’s ministry, summer Bible school, Camp Zion, and Zion Passion Play. Gayleene had a special heart for children and, in addition to caring for her own children, served for many years at the Winkie Bear and Circle Center, the preschool services of the Christ Community Church in Zion, IL. She and Roger planned a special time with each of their grandchildren each summer, where they spent days swimming, playing games, and building the love for Jesus into every child’s heart.
Gayleene loved her family, leaving behind her beloved husband and best friend for 63 years, Roger; Children: Steve (Teresa) Ottersen, Elizabeth (Patrick) Kellick, and Mark (Diane) Ottersen; Grandchildren: Bradley (Stephanie), Mackenzie (Billy), Jake (Katie), Nicholas, Alec, and Matthew; Brother Kevin (Kathy) Lindblom; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, her sister Bonnie (Bob) Bennage preceded her in death.
The visit is on Saturday, January 15, 2022, 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Christ Community Church, 2500 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion, IL. A memorial service will be held in the church at 11:30 am, led by Pastor Ken Langley. Commemorative donations have been suggested for Camp Zion, a service of the Christ Community Church.
Published by Kenosha News on January 12, 2022.