Born: December 20, 1925
Died: February 01, 2012
In Memory Of
Dorothy Emily Kotas was born on a farm south of Dorchester, Nebraska, near Tabor Hall, on December 20, 1925 to George Sr. and Emma (Rezabek) Kasl, the fifth of nine children and passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at the Friend Manor in Friend, Nebraska at the age of 86 years 1 month and 12 days. As a young girl she attended country school one mile north of Tabor Hall and later walked from near Tabor Hall to Dorchester to attend high school through the 10th grade. Dorothy then had to stay at home and help with the family and farm chores. For a time during WWII she was employed breaking eggs at the Fairmont Creamery in Crete. She met the love of her life, Lumir Thomas Kotas while attended ZCBJ lodge events and they were united in marriage on February 24, 1948 at the courthouse in Wilber. To this union four children, Lumir J., Ellen, Gary and Allen were born.
Together they lived on area farms, later purchasing the home place near Saline Center where they made their home and resided for 57 years. She was a busy homemaker, a great cook, and was a true farm wife and willing helper to her husband with the farm chores. She had a great heart and willingly was a supporter to anyone in need. She spent many hours as kitchen chairman at Saline Center for many years. In 2006, Dorothy moved to the Friend Manor.
She was a former member of Tabor Hall ZCBJ #74 and after her marriage to Lumir she transferred her membership to Saline Center Lodge WFLA #389.
Dorothy is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Lumir J. and Mary Ann Kotas, Friend, Allen and Judy Kotas, Milligan, 10 grandchildren and spouses, Bobby and Shannon Kotas, Omaha, Jason and Sheena Kotas, Beatrice, Becky and Jaimie Degon, Dorchester, Jessica and Cliff Forsythe, Omaha, Brenda and Abram Hotz, Monroe, SD, Eric and Casey Kotas, Western, Jenna Kotas, Omaha, Christine and Michael Simmons, Casper, WY, John and Christine Wright, Cheyenne, WY, and Amy and Michael Cobb, Sinclair, WY, 29 great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, Ed Kasl, Wilber, Robert and Marva Kasl, George Jr. and Shirley Kasl, Richard and Shirley Kasl, Evelyn Kasl, all of Dorchester, sisters and brothers-in-law, Evelyn Branzovsky, Fremont, Helen Halada, Lincoln, Gladys and Warren Burda, Wilber, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Irene Hartman, Davenport, Edna and Frank Musil, Florence, AZ, Joann Kotas, Wilber, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lumir in 2007, infant daughter, Ellen in 1951, son, Gary in 1981, great-granddaughter, Adeline Hotz, brother, Frank Kasl, sisters-in-law, Rosella Kasl and Darlene Kasl, brothers-in-law, Elmer Branzovsky, Ed Halada, Joie Kotas, LeRoy Becwar, Vern Hartman, and a daughter-in-law, Gail Kotas.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 3, 2012 at Saline Center, rural Western, with Pastors Roger Wolfe and Dan Williams officiating. Joann Kotas will give the lodge remembrances. Interment will be in the Wilber Czech Cemetery, Wilber. Visitation will be on Thursday from 1-8 pm with the family greeting relatives and friend from 6-8 pm at Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Friend. Memorials are directed in care of the family for later designation. Pallbearers were grandsons, Eric Kotas, Bobby Kotas, Abram Hotz, and Jaimie Degon, and nephews, Frankie Kasl, George Kasl III, Marvin Kasl and Bradley Kasl. Accordionist, Leonard Lisec, provided the music for the service.