Dorothea Anne Lucius was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania September 13, 1934 and passed away on April 23, 2020 at age 85.
Her fathers name was Frank Joseph Macak and her mothers name was Anna Mary Macak (Schreiber). Her father was in immigrant who escaped communist Czecholovakia and made a life for himself at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the youngest of five children: Franny, Mary, Frank, Alma, and Dorthea. At age 26 she followed her brother and came to California. She later married her husband, Donald Edward Lucius on January 26, 1963, when she was 28 years old. She became a widow on Aug 26, 1996 when her husband passed away. They were married for 33 1⁄2 years. Dorothea always dreamed of having a large family and she and Donald had seven beautiful children: Joseph, Maria, Suzanne, Donald, David, Kathleen, and John. Her family was everything to her. She worked very hard so all her children could have a good life. She later was blessed with 6 grandchildren: Cole, Karena, Scott, Katie, Jack, and Chris. One of the greatest gifts she gave her children and grandchildren was instilling in each of them the importance of a good education and a love for reading. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren and in her eyes each one of them were all so tremendously talented and smart.
She worked as a legal secretary for a short time, had a picture selling business for a short while, and had a cake decorating business for a short while. Most of all she was a stay at home mom until her children got older, then she decided to take on a new role as a substitute teacher. She loved teaching and seemed to have found her calling. She was a teacher for about 25 years.
Dorothea loved the garden, trees and her yard. She was always so happy to be growing trees and flowers and spending time in the yard . She loved her flowers so much and would spend hours out in the garden. One of her favorite things to do was to go with her son, John, to Home Depot or Lowes and pick out fruit trees and flowers. She would go several times a week to the garden center and get endless amounts of plants. Nothing made her happier than spending time in her garden.
Dorothea loved going to the Grove Community Church, she would get so excited to talk to the staff before going into the church. she liked to sit near or at the front row because her hearing was not so good. She really enjoyed listening to the sermons and loved to sing along with the music and lift up her hands praising Jesus. She especially loved the free coffee at the beginning of the service. She was genuinely happy at the Grove Church. She truly loved God while on earth. She loved the Grove Rummage Sale and spent the entire 2 days shopping there. It was incredibly fun and exciting for her to be at the Grove Rummage Sale. She also love to go to estate sales and garage sales. She became so happy when she got a good deal.
One of Dorothea's favorite hobbies was cooking. She always put so much love into cooking. One of her favorite things to make were her home baked cookies. Every holiday she would make platters of cookies and give them to all of her family and friends. She had a favorite cookie called “Ladylocks” and she would spend endless hours making these cookies for everyone to enjoy. Her passion for cooking did not stop there. She was always flipping through cookbooks looking for the next great recipe. She was an amazing cook and her recipes will
forever be treasured
She especially loved her dog Calvin. Calvin would always greet her at the door and she loved the companionship that Calvin would provide her. They were inseparable and the best of friends.
Dorothea is survived by her children and her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by those she loved. Private family services will be held.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Akes Family Funeral Home, Riverside, California.
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