Dixon, Laura E. (Kolego) (October 30, 1909 - March 1, Unknown)

Laura E. Dixon

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The Vigil Service for Laura E. Dixon, 81, was Tuesday, March 3 at the Bader-Peet Mortuary Chapel in Lusk with Rev. Patrick Shea officiating. The Funeral Liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Lusk. Burial will follow in the Lusk Cemetery.

Mrs. Dixon died Sunday, March 1 at the Niobrara County Nursing Home in Lusk.

She was born Oct. 30, 1909, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Ludwig Louis and Anna R. Borucka Pelic.

Her family first homesteaded in Canada. Then they homesteaded in northern Niobrara County shortly after WWI, around 1919. They brought the first piano to the area in 1921. Her parents divorced in 1926, and Laura's mother changed the family name to Kolego.

Laura graduated from Lusk High School in 1928. She attended Chadron College and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1942 with a B.S. degree.

She married Wayne Rodgers on Nov. 19, 1932, at Bridgeport, Neb. They later divorced and Laura married Robert B. Dixon on Aug. 26, 1945 in Riverton. Mr. Dixon died in December of 1966.

Mrs. Dixon taught school for many years starting in 1928. During WWII she worked for the U.S. Government as a dehydrated food specialist.

She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church, a life member of the University of Wyoming Alumni, the Wyoming Retired Teachers Alumni, the Wyoming Retired Teachers Association, a life member of the Amercian Home Economics Association, the Wyoming Cowbelles, and was a past member of the Niobrara Republican Central Committee and the Lusk Business and Professional Women.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Wanda Kolego, two brothers, Henry and Francis Kolego, and one grandson, Walter W. Rodgers.

Survivors include two sons, Jess L. Rodgers of Casper and Douglas and William Rodgers of Golden Colo.; three grandsons; one granddaughter and six great grandchildren.

Memorials to the Niobrara County Nursing Home or to St. Leo's Catholic Church would be appreciated by the family.

Bader-Peet Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


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