Obituaries & Tributes

Dorothy Mann

Dorothy Mann was born in Springfield, Oregon on Aug. 16, 1927 to Ben and Dora Uchytil. She passed away on May 23, 2020 at the age of 92 of natural causes with her daughter, Merrily, holding her hand, her son, Bobby, and grandson, Kirk, at her side in San Antonio, Texas. Dorothy was the second of six children, growing up in humble roots during the depression era, helping the family work as farm laborers. Following her graduation from St. Mary’s High School in Eugene in 1945, she became a long distance telephone operator for Northwestern Bell. In 1947, a classmate’s family introduced her to their close friend’s son, a young and handsome army veteran from Texas. Bob was immediately smitten with her at first sight. She married Robert “Bob” Mann on Feb. 7, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Eugene. She became a housewife with many cherished hobbies that included piano, sewing, handcrafts, hardanger, and most of all, dancing. They celebrated over 68 years of marriage, until Bob’s passing in 2016. They enjoyed the friendships of many people that they met through their love for dancing. They relished their times folk dancing, square dancing, and ballroom dancing. They continued to dance weekly up until the few months prior to Bob’s death. Dorothy and Bob were longtime members of St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene. They were also active in the Eagles, Elks and Moose Lodges as well as the Sons of Norway. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Bob, parents, sisters, Annie Palanuk and Mae Zentner and brothers, Mike and William. She is survived by her youngest sister, Rosie Owen, her son, Robert (Ruth) and daughter, Merrily Brown (Randy). Dorothy was blessed with eight grandchildren, Wesley, Clayton, Stephen, Megan, Holly, Kirk, Madison and Garrison, two step-grandsons and nine great-grandchildren. A viewing was held at Springfield Memorial Funeral Garden on June 2. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Springfield Memorial Funeral.



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