Michael Otten

The Mass of Christian Burial for Michael F. Otten, 45, will be offered in the Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 2 p.m. Monday. Mr. Otten, who passed away at his home Friday morning, will be buried in the Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Born in Frankfort on May 19, 1968, Michael was the son of Stephen E. and Francine Anastasio Otten, and is also survived by his brothers, John, Steve Jr., Greg, and Marty Otten. 

He was a member of Good Shepherd Church and attended Everyday Matters, where he was blessed with many loving friends and caring staff.

Pallbearers will be John Otten, Steve Otten, Jr., Caleb Otten, Kristi Buffenmyer, Lori Watts, and Shawn Purvis.

Father Charles Howell will officiate the services.

Visitation will be held at the church from 1 until 2 p.m. Monday. Contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to Everyday Matters, PO Box 523, Frankfort, KY 40602, or to the St. Vincent De Paul Society. Online condolence can be made at www.RogersFrankfort.com.

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  • My prayers and Condolences to the Family of Michael Otten.  When I was 21 my son past away and I went to work for a facility in Frankfort called Contact.  I worked with Michael for a year and it was the most wonderful experience of my life.  We were the same age and he was so full of life, laughter and love. Thanks to Micheal and two other special and wonderful people I found peace in my heart and want to keep going with my joy in life.  You were a blessed family to know and work with.  I know you were blessed for having such a wonderful young man in your lives.  I will always treasure my time with Michael. He still lives in my heart and always will. God  Bless you and your family.

    Sincerely, Tina Adams

  • Francine and Stephen,

    God bless you and your family.  You have strong faith and trust in God, yet even when we trust Him to keep our children in His loving care, we are saddened and feel the loss of their presence, the sweet smile or the touch of their hand.  We worry that somehow our loved one will be afraid or lonely in the interim between this life and heaven.  We know that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and make all things new (REV 21:4) because Jesus told us so.  We know that death has no power over us because we believe what He told us (1 COR 15:49-58).  

    Yet I remember how I worried when my son was killed, that he would be in the dark or in an unfamiliar place and feel alone or abandoned, even for a short while.  One passage that comforted me is 2 Peter 3:7 "But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day."  It says that God's time is not man's time, that a hundred years is like the blink of an eye to God, who can do all things good for His children.  I realized then that the movement from this world to heaven was not perceptible in a scary way for my son, because God makes time as we know it unnecessary.  He has everything in His control, not only in heaven but everywhere.

    Stay strong in your faith, and have no doubt that He has Michael in His loving arms, every moment. 

    With deepest sympathy,

    Laura Moretti Malena