Donna Louise (Straub) Oetting

Monday, June 10, 2019

Donna Louise (Straub) Oetting, 72, of Emma, Mo., died on Saturday, May 4, 2019, with her husband by her side, shortly after sustaining a stroke.

Funeral and memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Emma. Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the church. Inurnment will be in Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery. There will be an Open House/Celebration at the “Oetting Estate,” 225 E. Maple St., Emma, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. following the inurnment. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Education Fund, and to LWML Missions. Just click the “donate in honor” button and put in her name at Friends may sign the register book at

Donna was born in Waynesville, Mo., on Oct. 18, 1946, to Harold and Grace Straub and baptized on Dec. 1, 1946, in Rolla, Mo. It would take her 61 years, four states, and two countries before she’d call Missour-a home again in 2007. During that time, she met and married Dennis Oetting on April 7, 1969. They proceeded to travel, teach, travel some more, have four children, teach, and then take those children around the world. She created community wherever she was and embodied the fact that family is home.

Donna will be remembered for her voracious love of life. This could be seen through her laughter, her love of teaching, her delight in her family, and her mastery of the Lutheran Good-bye. Through her love of throwing great Shrove Tuesday Pancake Parties, her joy in the successes of others, her strength and growth in her partnership with Dennis, her pride in her children, and her devotion to her grandchildren; through the music of hand bells or tending to her garden, and by quietly straightening a Child’s crown. But, mostly, we saw it through her faith in her deep knowledge that she was a child of God, a beloved daughter of The King. She spread the peace that comes with this knowledge boldly and proudly. Donna wanted to be remembered for her heart for Jesus and his people, which led her to open her home and her heart to others all throughout her life.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis Dean Oetting, who survives of the home; their children, Jessica Rosenkvist (Svend) of Minneapolis, Minn., Aaron Oetting (Tara) of Belvidere, Ill., Joelle Coutu (Edward) of Minneapolis, Minn., and Adam Oetting of Tucson, Ariz.; and grandkids, Isaac, Julie, Joshua, Noah, Caleb, Aidan, Katy and Keegan. She is also survived by her brother, Phil Straub (Rose) of Saginaw, Mich.; and her sister, Vickii Carter (Jeff) of Noblesville, Ind.