Pauline Gebauer Ott



New Glarus, WI – Pauline Gebauer Ott passed away at the New Glarus Home on December 28, 2021.

She was born September 29, 1929 in Lewiston, Maine, the youngest of seven children. She met Don, the love of her long life, when Don was in the Navy and stationed on the East Coast with Pauline’s brother, who helped make the game.

After her marriage to Don in 1953, Pauline moved to New Glarus and made her own the Swiss heritage of the community. She entered the Wilhelm Tell competition, was a founding member of the New Glarus Swiss Dancers and welcomed visitors from all over the world to Chalet Ott, the house designed and built by her husband Don. Pauline’s flower garden was particularly admired by all who passed in front of the Chalet.

Sparkling eyes and an ever-present smile were Pauline’s signature. She was known for her abundant hospitality while briefly managing local restaurants with Don, and as a waitress at Chalet Landhaus where she worked from the opening of the hotel until her retirement at the age of 70. You will always find the ‘Pauline Special’ on the hotel’s breakfast menu.

Pauline has been the confidante of many people over the years and has supported them in their difficult times.

She was also a sports fan, following her children, grandchildren, the Wisconsin Badgers, the Green Bay Packers and the Boston Red Sox. She made several trips to Switzerland with Don and her sister Adeline. Gambling trips to Laughlin, Vegas and Dubuque were a particular pleasure for her in her later years.

The Catholic faith and her family were of the utmost importance to Pauline. Nothing made her happier than hearing that a new grandchild or great-grandchild was on the way.

She is survived by her children: Ann Marie Ott (Scott Riedasch) Baileys Harbor, WI, Peter (Roseann) New Glarus, David (Cathy) Rockford, Il, Kathleen Eby (Gale Rawitzer) Monterey, CA, Mary Funseth (Kevin) New Glarus, 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews in New England.

She was predeceased by her parents, Richard and Christina Gebauer, her six siblings and her husband Don.

A private Christian Burial Family Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday January 5, 2022 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 338 S. Harrison St, Belleville, WI with Reverend Mark Miller officiating. Interment will be in the Swiss Church Cemetery, New Glarus, WI.

The funeral mass will be available live on the following link:

The Zentner-Beal Funeral Home in New Glarus is helping the family.

A public celebration of Pauline’s life will take place at a later date.

The family appreciates the kindness and the special care given by the staff of New Glarus Home and Agrace Hospice in their last days.

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