Dorothy Marie Kotera
April 11, 1930-July 1, 2019
Dorothy Marie Kotera was born on April 11, 1930, in Dwight, to James and Lillian (Pelan) Pavel, and passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in Wahoo, on July 1, 2019, at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 20 days.
Visitation will be from 1–4 p.m. on Monday, July 8, at Zabka-Perdue Funeral Home in Seward, and will resume from 5:30-7 p.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Bee. A rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. on Monday, also at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, with the Rev. Raymond Jansen celebrating Mass. Graveside and interment will be at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery in Bee. Memorials may be made to the Dorothy Kotera family for future designations.
Dorothy grew up on farm near Dwight where she attended Country School District #73 and later attended Dwight Assumption High School. On April 18, 1949, Dorothy married Ernest J. Kotera, and to this union three children were born. Dorothy worked at the egg plant in David City. They lived near Dwight for a short while until 1960, when they moved to Bee. They resided in Bee for 45 years. Dorothy cleaned houses for several families in Seward.
Dorothy loved to spend time with her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed flowers, reading, sewing and embroidering. She loved making oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for her grandchildren. She was a member of St. Wenceslaus Church, Altar Society and choir, and the Dwight American Legion Auxiliary. In 2004, they made the move to Seward and she transferred her membership to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
Survivors cherishing her memory include her children, Kenneth and LuJane Kotera of Brainard and their sons, Neil Kotera of Gretna and Kurtis (Liz) Kotera of Milford; Marlene and Kenrick Morgan of Seward and their children, Ryan (Amy) Morgan of San Francisco, Eric (Rachelle) Morgan of Brainard, Craig Morgan and fiancée, Ashlie Zima of Valley; Les Kotera of Wahoo and children, Alex Kotera and fiancée, Kate McDermott of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, Melissa Kotera of Omaha; eight great-grandchildren: Shelby, Nathan, Zane and Cole Miller, Lily and Abby Morgan, Avery and Grayson Kotera; sister-in-law, Helen Eller; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernie (2005); daughter-in-law, Pamela; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Leonard Niemann; brother and sister-in-law, James B. and Leona Pavel.
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