Dorothy Mae Wander, 77, of Nebraska City, formerly of Syracuse, died Jan. 9, 2013 in Nebraska City. She was born on Nov. 5, 1935 in Murray to the late Richard and Dorothy Schanot.
Dorothy married Charles Wander on May 22, 1955. Dorothy earned her bachelor of science degree with distinction from Peru State College then a Master of Education Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Dorothy taught six years in rural Otoe County schools then taught fifth and sixth grades for 24 years at the Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca Schools.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church for more than 50 years and for several years taught Bible School classes. She always enjoyed her flowers at her Syracuse home.
Dorothy was active in Beta Sigma Sorority for 25 years. She lived in Murray, Nehawka, Union, Nebraska City, Syracuse, Denver, Colo., and Texas.
She enjoyed traveling to 47 of the 50 states. She also learned to play an acoustic guitar after retiring from teaching, and would go to classic country music festivals and jams to sing and play her guitar.
She is survived by husband Charles Wander of Nebraska City; sons Dwight (Sharon) Wander of Syracuse, Mark (Arlene) Wander of Lincoln, Brad (Diana) Wander of Houston, Texas, and Chris (Brenda) Wander of Colleyville, Texas; brother Richard (Susie) Schanot of Joplin, Mo.; sister Joyce (Bill) Johnson of Murray; grandchildren Jeremy Wander, Nichole Hurst, Mitchell Wander, April Wander, Alex Wander, Kayla Wander, Nichole Covorubias, Nathan Kitrell, Matthew Wander and Hayden Wander; great grandchildren Brianna Wander, Owen Wander, Carter Wander, Adelynn Hurst, Kinley Hurst and Sira Nadam.
Memorials are suggested to the Syracuse Library.
Funeral services are Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Syracuse. Burial is at Park Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse.
Condolences are to www.fusselmanallenharvey.com.