Elizabeth A. “Betty” Domalakes
Jun 7, 1922 – Apr 1, 2017
Preceded in death by husband, Dr. Edward F. Domalakes. Survived by sons: Richard, Dr. Michael (Lori), Thomas, and Edward, Jr. (Carol); daughters: Mary Leitner, Margaret Domalakes, Jean Domalakes (Carvel Cook), Diane Domalakes (Janet Swierkoz); nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Vi Koesters (Ivo); brother, James Pochop.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 5th from 5pm to 7pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 West Center Road. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Thursday, April 6th at 10:30am at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 6902 Blondo St. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Pius X Church Memorial Fund.
Elizabeth “Betty” Agnes Pochop was born on June 7, 1922 in Omaha Nebraska. She was the oldest of 5 children born to Tobias and Barbara Pochop. Following her Czech heritage, she was one of the first students to learn to read and write the Czech language at South Omaha Sokol. She attended Corrigan Elementary School in South Omaha and graduated from South High School in 1940. After graduation, she pursued a career as a dental assistant. As a dental assistant, she met and fell in love with a young dental student, Edward “Eddie” Domalakes. They were married on September 11, 1948.
Eddie graduated from Creighton Dental School the following year. That same year Eddie and Betty started their family. In 1955, they purchased a home on the outskirts of Omaha in the then fledgling parish of St. Pius X, where they were charter members. All eight of their children would attend elementary school there.
Betty was a devoted wife and mother. In addition to raising her children, she found time to provide transportation to elderly neighbors and to care for her elderly widowed mother. She was also instrumental in enacting numerous neighborhood improvements.
Throughout her life, dancing was a particular interest of Betty’s. As a young couple, Eddie and Betty were avid square dancers and won several awards in competitions. In her later years, she thoroughly enjoyed watching dancing performances—among her favorites were the Irish dancing of Michael Flatley and “Dancing with the Stars.” She would spend countless hours recounting dance routines with several of her children.
Betty also had a great interest in her Catholic faith and heritage. She enjoyed attending and singing at Mass. When she was able to attend Mass no longer, she watched EWTN (the Catholic channel). Betty spent untold hours reading her Bible and devotionals. She loved Raymond Arroyo!
Above all, Betty loved her family. She never got tired of sharing all the joys, sorrows, celebrations and heartbreaks of all. For those who knew her, she was a very precious person who will be deeply missed. Betty Domalakes departed this world on April 1, 2017. However, her memory will live in our hearts forever.