Sue Otness
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Sue Otness

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Sue A. Otness aka Pattyn, Colas
Born 1950s.
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Sister of and [private brother (1950s - unknown)]
Mother of [private daughter (1980s - unknown)] and [private son (1980s - unknown)]
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My siblings and I were raised on the family farm outside of Choteau, Teton, Montana. I graduated from Choteau High School in 1976. Right after graduation, I went to Patrocinio Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil as an AFS Exchange Student. I lived with Helia Figueiredo and her daughters, Sirley, Cassandra and Valeria through that summer. When I got back to Choteau, I really didn't want to go off to college at MSU Bozeman, Montana right away. So I worked at the Teton County Courthouse through that year. First I worked at the Clerk and Recorder's Office and then at the County Assessor's Office. So, in the fall of 1977 I went off to college where I met my future husband, Gerald Pattyn. Gerald was studying Mechanical Engineering and right away we became best friends. We married on June 9. 1979 in Choteau. That summer he worked for Conoco in Billings, Montana as a summer job. I was happy to quit school and work to pay our living expenses while he finished his degree. After classes, Gerald worked for the University on the Magneto Hydro Dynamics (MHD) Project. I also worked occasionally on that project after my job at the bookstore. I worked at the MSU Bookstore until he graduated in June 1980.

When Gerald graduated, he said he didn't want to go right to work as he had started working as a 7th grader, while he attended middle and high school in Billings. So we went traveling to Brazil and to New Zealand. He hired on with IBM in December 1981 in Tucson, Arizona. Our daughter, Karen Pattyn was born November 4, 1983 and our son, Karl Pattyn was born May 14, 1985 - both in Tucson, Arizona. We moved to Longmont, Colorado in August 1985. Gerald was given a temporary assignment at IBM TJ Watson Research Center in Ossining, New York from 1987 to 1989.

We moved out of town Longmont, Colorado in January 1991. Through a series of unfortunate events, our marriage ended after exactly 20 years, June 9, 1999. The kids and I remained at our home in the country until I sold it in June 2006. At that point, Karl purchased a condo in Niwot, Colorado and Karen had a house in Westminster, Colorado.

Norwegian Roots
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Volga German
Sue Otness was a Volga German.
Sue was Ho-Chunk.
Sue Otness has French origins.
Sue Otness was a Montanan.
Sue Otness has German Roots.
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posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
Hi Sue,

I wanted to touch base and see if you have any questions about the Germany Project. Have you read the main Project page? Most of the basic info on the Project will be linked to that page, here:

I see that you've joined our Google Group (thank you!). You can ask questions relating to German genealogy there as well as on G2G. Also, as a project member, you can join us and chat in real-time on Discord. More info on joining Discord is available on the main project page.

Have you checked out our teams? We encourage you to join at least one of them. Just let me know what interests you and there's probably a team for that!

Do you have any suggestions on how we might improve the project? Are there any new teams or resource pages you’d like to see created? I am always available to answer questions as is my co-leader, Dieter. Just let us know if you need anything!

Best regards, Traci ~Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi! The default text for the Montana Sticker has changed, and the ability to change the default text added. See for examples.

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hi Sue,

Thanks for joining the Germany Project! I've awarded you a project member badge. When you have a chance, please do the following:

1. Read the main Germany Project Page ( to familiarize yourself with what we do and what is required of our project members.

2. Add GERMANY to your list of followed G2G tags, so you can follow what the project is working on (see Help:Tags:

3. Submit a join request to our Google Group (, where our project communicates. **Please make sure to add your name and WikiTree ID** to the request so we can get you set up.

4. Join a Team: On our main project page, we have listed several teams that cover regional, functional, historical and migrational interests. You might find that one of our 16 regional teams may be a good fit. Simply post a comment on the Team page to join whichever team suits you.

We look forward to working with you! Please feel free to contact me with any questions any time.

Thanks! Traci Thiessen ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen
Thank you for suggesting this merge. Robert is my paternal grandmother’s side.
Hi Sue!

Thanks for self-certifying for the Pre-1700 badge! Collaboration with Pre-1700 Project members is essential for those wishing to edit Pre-1700 profiles. Collaboration is essential because those ancestors are usually shared by many descendants.

It looks like the Germany Project would be a good fit based on your branch of WikiTree. Review the project page to learn about resources and guidelines as well as how to collaborate with the project members.

Do you have any questions? Let me know. I'm happy to help! :-)

Remember to cite reliable sources in pre-1700 profiles you manage, or edit. (See: Pre-1700 Reliable Sources).

Laura ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Laura DeSpain
Hi Sue,

Thanks for all your work on WikiTree. I noticed that you have begun adding profiles for the pre-1700 ancestors you have found in your search. Congratulations on getting back that far!

Since you are now back in the time period where many people can be descended from those ancestors, we need more details in your source area. As collaborative genealogists, we need to tell each other our sources so that we can work together to assess the relative reliability of the source and the evidence it contains.

The Sources - Examples section more fully explains what information needs to be included in source citations for pre-1700 profiles.

We're looking for reliable sources to add to the various lists. Would your source be a good addition?



posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Hi Sue!

Thanks for joining us! I hope you're enjoying our site and our community. I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Has the New Member How To Pages been helpful or has it left you with questions?

It's great to have you on board. Enjoy your time here, and good luck growing your branches. If you need help just click on my name you'll be transferred to my profile where you can post a message or send me a private message.

Cheryl ~ WikiTree Messenger

P.S. To find reliable sources for your profiles, go to the Family Tree & Tools tab; select Genealogy Research and scroll down near the bottom of that list and select Research with RootsSearch. There are over 20 websites to access from there.

posted by Cheryl (Smith) Hess
Hello Sue,

It is my pleasure to confirm you as a full member of WikiTree.

I am a volunteer greeter here to answer your questions.

Our New Member How-To pages can help you get started adding profiles or just learning your way around. These help pages will save you time and perhaps frustration in your new journey through WikiTree.

Welcome to the community! 

Ginny ~ WikiTree Greeter

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