Obituary: Hanna Rotter
Hanna Rotter, born on Sept. 15, 1933, to the loving embrace of Mina and Karl Horsch in her hometown of Obrigheim, Germany, embarked on a life filled with boundless love, perseverance, and adventure. She was not only a wonderful mother but as the oldest, also a mother figure and a caring big sister to her siblings, Anna, Wilfred, and Peter, who still reside in her cherished Obrigheim and in England.
Hanna's heart radiated with love and generosity. Her passion for fashion, fabrics, and shopping knew no bounds, making her an exceptional gift giver. She reveled in celebrating the joys of life, particularly during Christmas and birthdays, where she would shower her loved ones with beautiful, thoughtful gifts, each one a testament to her unwavering affection and amazing taste. She was always dressed to impress and was the definition of, "A Lady."
At a young age, and after her and her family persevered through World War II, Hanna's dreams led her to Switzerland, where she pursued her love for fashion. She worked and studied her passion alongside a renowned designer as a seamstress. Her journey also lead her to work at enchanting castles of Switzerland’s countryside all while traveling back often to see her family in Germany.
It was in the picturesque landscapes of Switzerland where Hanna's path intertwined with destiny. She met the love of her life, Franz Rotter in Saint Moritz, whose love would forever shape the course of her life and their history.
In 1958, alone with her 5-month-old son, Frank, Hanna embarked on a brave journey to the United States, seeking to reunite with her beloved Franz in the vibrant city of Chicago. It is here in Illinois that they welcomed their daughter, Antoinette in 1961. For a decade, they built a life together in the Windy City before setting their sights on new adventures that led them to the majestic Grand Canyon. The beauty of this natural wonder captured their hearts, and it was here that they established their legacy.
Together, Hanna and Franz built and operated a cherished hotel and restaurant, leaving an indelible mark on the Grand Canyon community. Their warmth and hospitality created unforgettable memories for all who had the privilege of knowing them. Together, they were the epitome of “The American Dream.”
Hanna and Franz shared a love for exploring the world. One of her favorite pastimes was reminiscing about their travels, recounting the adventures they had experienced together and the cultures they had embraced. These memories became cherished stories that she delighted in sharing with family and friends, creating a lasting bond through their shared experiences.
Hanna had the most beautiful smile and a laugh that was nothing short of contagious. Her laughter echoed through the hearts of those who knew her, bringing joy and the best stories wherever she went.
Surrounded by her loved ones, on Aug. 29, 2023, Hanna was welcomed by angels and reunited with Franz and her parents.
Hanna is survived by her children, Frank Rotter and his wife Janine and Ann Serna and her husband Louie, who carry on her legacy of love and strength. Her memory lives on in her grandchildren; Danny, Jackie, Jessie, Kelsey, Josh, Juline, Jeremy, Christian and Karrina, and her great- grandchildren; Hannah, Emma, Ryder, Zayden, Lola, Remmy and Rylee, who were the source of immense joy in her life.
A graveside service will be held in honor of Hanna’s remarkable life journey on her 90th birthday- Sept. 15, 2023, at 3 p.m. at the Grand Canyon Cemetery. Following will be celebration of her life at their hotel, The Canyon Plaza.
Hanna's spirit of love, resilience, adventure, and laughter will forever shine bright in our hearts. She has left an ingrained mark on our lives, and her memory will continue to inspire us all.