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Dorothy E. Mattes, 91, of Laurel

Posted: 17 April, 2013

Dorothy E. Mattes, 91, of Laurel, NE passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013 in Laurel, NE. Funeral services will be held at
10:00 A.M. on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at United Presbyterian Church in Laurel, NE with Pastor Dennis Hett officiating. Interment will be in the Wakefield Cemetery in Wakefield, NE. Visitation with the family present will begin at 6:00 P.M., with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mohr FuneralHome in Ponca, NE. Online condolences to the family may be posted at

Honorary pallbearers are Dorothy's granddaughters, great granddaughters and great, great granddaughters. Active pallbearers are Dorothy's grandsons; Andy and Jon Fredricksen, Erik, David, and Bryan Mattes, Dennis Hart, Brad Rath, and great grandsons, Josh and Justin Hart and Drew Tilley.

Dorothy Emma Mattes was born February 22, 1922, in Wakefield, Nebraska to Victor and Clementine Weaver. She attended school in Wakefield. On March 6, 1941 she married Earl Mattes. They farmed all their life and celebrated 61 years of marriage before Earl's death on Jan. 1, 2002.

Dorothy was the Dixon County District #4 Supervisor for Clark, Concord and Logan Townships for 24 years. She was very proud of serving on the Dixon County Board of Supervisors. Dorothy represented Dixon County on Region IV, a board that served 20 counties and served on the Region IV Council in South Sioux City, NE. Anyone knowing Dorothy knew she had a passion and love for her job and she did it well. Dorothy had the distinction of being the only woman at that time to serve on the Dixon County Board of Supervisors.

Aside from her job, Dorothy was a loyal wife, nurturing mother, loving grandmother, and giving neighbor. She radiated optimism and was strong beyond compare. She adored her family and friends. Every meal at her house was a feast. Dorothy looked forward to every holiday, eager to welcome all her loved ones into her home to celebrate.

Dorothy is survived by three children; daughter, Shirley Fredricksen and husband Tom; Laurel, NE, son, Dennis Mattes, and wife, Karen; Gretna, NE and daughter, Ellen Collins, and the late Kirk Collins; Omaha, NE. Grandchildren; Julie and Dennis Hart; Laurel, NE, Shelly and Brad Rath; Coleridge, NE, Andy and Jon Fredricksen; Laurel, NE, Erik and Pola Mattes; Honolulu,HI, David Mattes; Omaha, NE and Bryan Mattes; Gretna, NE, Ashley and Paige Collins; Omaha, NE. Great grandchildren, Josh and Britney Hart; Belden, NE, and Justin Hart; Laurel, NE, Stephanie and Jason Love; Norfolk, NE, Amy Rath; Fort Worth, TX, and Katie Rath; Sioux Falls, SD, and Drew Tilley; Glenwood, IA. Great, great grandchildren (5th Generation) Haley and Hannah Hart; Belden, NE.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law; husband, Earl Mattes; son, Franklin Mattes; son in law, Kirk Collins; and three brothers and their wives.

Mohr Funeral Home

218 N East Street
Ponca, NE 68770
(402) 755.2202


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