Dorothy Helen Manes, 90, of Beatrice died at her home on Saturday, August 4, 2018. She was born April 29, 1928 to Joseph and Hermine Pecka on a farm north of Wilber. Having grown up during the depression years, she learned the skills her mother taught her of cooking, baking, canning and raising a big garden. She received her education in a one room country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Crete High School. After graduation, she attended Doane College and graduated from the University of NE with a Bachelor of Education degree. She taught school in Sutton for one year, Geneva for two years, Wilber for seven years and Beatrice for seven years. She married Joseph E. Manes on August 8, 1964 in Fort Morgan, CO. To this union one son, Joseph E. Manes, Jr. was born on July 4, 1968. Well before he could understand, Dorothy held her little boy on her lap while she taught him reading, writing and arithmetic, which was a great benefit to his education later on. She was very proud of her Czech heritage and had received her 75 year pin from the Western Bohemian Fraternal Organization.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph of Beatrice; one son, Joseph Manes, Jr. and his wife Jodi-Lynn of Vail, AZ and a number of cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Evelyn May Pecka.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice with Pastor Greg Gabriel officiating. Burial will be in the Wilber Czech Cemetery of Wilber. A memorial has been established to the St. John Lutheran Church of Beatrice. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice from 11:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Thursday until time of service on Friday. The family will meet and greet friends and relatives on Thursday at the funeral home from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. www.foxfuneralhome.net Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.