Dorothy A. Danigole

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.



  • Mark Chiles Posted October 8, 2018 10:35 pm

    Words cannot explain the sorrow in my heart. God blessed me with a second mother and an amazing Angel of God in Dot. My prayers of comfort, understanding, and love are with the entire family (my Danigole brothers and sisters), I love each one of you. Heaven is rejoicing in receiving Dot to her home of eternity.

  • Connie Picha Posted October 9, 2018 7:37 am

    Dot, I miss you so much already. I remember a long time ago when I first met you, through the times when Bill and I came to visit in Omaha with Billy and Kenny. Then, there was a break but we reconnected and I thank God every minute for being able to be part of your life again! Sisters – that means the world to me and always will. You were a beautiful person with love in your heart for everyone. You always had just the right words to comfort, pickup, or share the joy in someone’s heart. God has a wonderful angel in you and we here on earth will be sure to live a better life so we can join you in heaven. You are a person one will always try to live their life like you lived yours – God fearing and God loving – a true Christian, no one could ever doubt how deeply your faith meant to you. I love you and will miss your terribly. I pray for your beautiful family and know God will give them strength. Rest in God’s loving care till we all meet again.

  • Joe Syslo Posted October 9, 2018 8:14 am

    Sad, sad news! Rest in Peace, Dot.

  • Kim Werner Posted October 10, 2018 9:32 am

    Sending the entire Danigole Family my deepest sympathy!

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