Dorothy A. Danigole
March 16, 1940 – October 7, 2018
Preceded in death by son, Simon A. Danigole, III. Survived by husband, Simon A. Danigole; children: Michelle M. Haynes, Kathy R. Weller (Mike), Kris C. Kennedy, Mark S. Danigole (Melinda), and Scott D. Danigole (Carol); twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; dear friend, Sr. Pat Mokler.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 10th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, October 11th at 10am at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 200 E. 6th St. in Papillion. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials will be directed by the family.
Dot was born on March 16, 1940 to loving parents, George and Mary Picha. She spoke often of her childhood, her younger brother Bill, and happy memories of family, food and festive music. She always assured that Bill was selected for the team she was playing on.
When Dot moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi (George’s job transferred him) she had great difficulty understanding the southern accents her untrained ear detected. She decided to attend LSU, hoping the spoken language was easier. There she met the love of her life, Simon Danigole, whom she referred to as her ‘boyfriend’ until her final days. The family they raised together was a combination of her Czech/Slovenian heritage and his Cajun heritage.
Dot traveled the world with her family, supporting her husband’s military career and raising their five children. She always made it look easy. During their twenty-six military years and nineteen new homes, she passed her love of gardening, music and laughter along to their children. A perfect day for Dot would be one spent at Louisville Lakes with her whole family, fishing, snacking, playing Yahtzee and laughing! With Dot the party never ended. One of her greatest sayings to guests in their home was: If you go home hungry, it is your own fault!
A stranger in Dot’s life lasted only ten seconds . . . thereafter she had a new friend. If you met her, you became a new friend immediately. Her love of life and her happiness were contagious. A perpetual optimist, she found the ray of light, even in the darkest of times. Her compassion and generosity were always an inspiration.
She will be desperately missed by her loving husband, children and grandchildren.