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Dorthy Dudek - May 09, 2013

Dorthy Ellen Dudek was born March 4, 1929, at Wauneta, Neb., to Bartlett E. and Edna (Burk) Maxfield. As a young girl she grew up in Wauneta, graduating from Wauneta High School in 1946.
Dorthy attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, for a year before returning to Wauneta.
She married Leonard Leo Dudek on March 6, 1954, in Sterling, Colo., and to this union one daughter, Mary Lisa, was born. The couple settled in Wauneta and made Wauneta their home for many years.
Dorthy was very active in the Wauneta community, working at the Chateau Theatre, the Federal Land Bank, the Wauneta Roller Mills, and as a grocery clerk. She was a hostess at Walgren’s The Steakout and the ELRA (Enders Lake Resort Area).
She was a Mary Kay consultant, a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, acted as the secretary for the Wauneta United Methodist Church, of which she was a member.
Dorthy was also a member of the Wauneta American Legion Auxiliary and had also received the Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Family Award for having the family farm over 100 years.
She was a former member of the Village Board of Wauneta, the Chase County Historical Society, and assisted in implementing the meals for seniors at the American Legion Hall in Wauneta before the Wauneta Senior Center was established.
She was a very good seamstress, making clothes for Mary and Mary’s dolls. She also quilted many items for family and friends.
Dorthy enjoyed socializing with everyone and she especially loved her cats, Pumpkin and Sweet-Sweet.
Dorthy passed away early Thursday morning, May 9, 2013, at the Sunrise Heights Nursing Home in Wauneta. She was 84 years of age.
Survivors include: daughter, Mary Lisa Dudek of Wauneta, Neb.; brother, Raymond Maxfield of Wauneta; sister, Emma Jean and husband, Merrell Maris of Wauneta; nephews, Jim Maxfield and wife, Connie, of Wauneta and Jeff Maxfield and wife, Kay, of Taylorville, Ill.
Dorthy was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Leonard, in 1968, and sister-in-law, Betty Maxfield.
Funeral services for Dorthy Dudek were held Tuesday morning, May 14, 2013, 10:30 a.m. MT at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta, with Pastor Bonnie McCord officiating.
Music was provided by Mrs. Diana Ham, organist. Hymns chosen were “How Great Thou Art” by soloist, Mrs. Cindy McCollam, the congregational hymn, “Amazing Grace” and a recorded selection, “Go Rest High On That Mountain” by Vince Gill.
Casketbearers were Michael Gardner, Daniel Gardner, Jerry Vapenik, Jess Vapenik, Dan Steinert and Lloyd Tackman.
Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta.
Visitation was held Monday afternoon, May 13, 2013, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. MT at the funeral home in Wauneta.
A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church of Wauneta
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Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.