Dorothy A. Koenig, 85, of Primrose, NE, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, following a brief battle with cancer, on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at her home near Primrose, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spalding, NE with Fr. Antony Thekkekara and Fr. James Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Primrose, NE. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church with a 7:00 p.m. wake service.
Memorials are suggested the Columbus Rescue Mission, 1471 15th Ave., Columbus, NE 68601, or the family's choice.
Dorothy Ann Koenig, the daughter of Clarence and Anna (Larkin) Purdy was born on August 28, 1932 at Greeley, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley, NE. She attended elementary school and graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School in 1949. Following her schooling Dorothy worked for a short time at the Locker in Greeley then moved to Omaha, NE and went to Air Traffic Control School. She lived there for a few years and worked at the Chocolate Factory and Mutual of Omaha. Dorothy moved back to Greeley to help care for her father who was ill.
On June 3, 1954 Dott was united in marriage to Edward J. Koenig at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greeley, NE. The couple resided on a farm near Primrose, NE. Along with raising their nine children and helping on the farm, milking cows and raising chickens, Dott worked outside the home. Among the many places that she worked were: the lunch room at school, Smitty’s Bar, Pibel Lake Bible School during the summer, the courthouses in Greeley and Boone Counties, and she took care of the elderly in their homes. Dorothy was definitely a worker and gave her time and money to many different charity organizations.
Dott was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spalding, NE as well as St. Anne’s Altar Society and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, cooking and reading. On the farm she tended to her large garden and flowers. She was very festive and loved to dress up, especially for Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day.
Dott is survived by her nine children: Robert (Kayla) Koenig of Primrose, NE; Janice (Jim) Elrod of Grand Island, NE; Margaret (Michael) Zwiener of Spalding, NE; Michael (Erin) Koenig of Grand Island, NE; John (Lynette) Koenig of Lincoln, NE; Linda Koenig and fiancé Bob Wieser of Northglenn, CO; Terri (Ron) Rech of Kearney, NE; Lisa (Randy) Langan of Cedar Rapids, NE; Julie (Nathan) Rankin of Spalding, NE; 22 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward; infant son Joseph; great-grandson Jordan Czajkowski; three brothers: Clete, Cyril, and John Purdy; and five sisters: Ethel Happ, Edith Nordhues, Helen Nordhues, Evelyn Fullen, and Mary Maxine Whittle.