Dobeck, Frank Sr. - January 27, 2015


KENSINGTON - Frank Dobeck Sr., 100, a lifelong Berlin resident, widower of Ericka Pauline (Boenhart) Dobeck, died Tuesday evening (January 27, 2015) at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain. Born in New Britain, the son of the late Stephen and the late Mary (Ozimek) Dobeck, he graduated from New Britain High School, served in the US Army in WWII where he participated in battles and campaigns throughout central Europe including the Battle of the Bulge and received several medals and honors including the Grand Cross of Homage for Fidelity and Merit in the Ardennes, and was employed at the Hardware Division, Emhart Industries in Berlin for 42 years. He was a member of Kensington Congregational Church, served as Commander of V.F.W. Post #10723 from 1985-1987, and was appointed National Aide De Camp to the National V.F.W. Commander-in-Chief for 1991-1992. Frank will be remembered for his always youthful appearance, wisdom, wit and humility, and athleticism. He loved to travel long and short distances, and be outdoors. In his younger years he participated in league baseball, bowling, and lawn bowling, winning many trophies for tournaments across New England and New York. In his later years he remained a fan of many sports, especially the Lady Huskies, and was an avid crossword puzzler. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Frank Dobeck Jr., two brothers, John and Edward Dobeck, a sister, Jean Zanzukas, and a nephew, David Collins. He is survived by a sister, Irene Collins of Bonita Springs, Florida, three nephews, Harry Collins III of Fort Myers, Florida, Robert Collins and his wife Wendy of Bonita Springs, Florida, and Thomas Collins and his wife Bonnie of Bonita Springs, Florida, a daughter-in-law, Ann Mattioli of Kensington, and two dear friends and companions for over 15 years, Carolyn and Christine Bouchard, both of East Berlin. A funeral service will be held Wednesday (February 4, 2015) at 11am at Kensington Congregational Church. Burial with full military honors will follow in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. Friends and relatives are invited to call AT THE CHURCH on Wednesday (February 4, 2015) from 10am until the time of the service, and are also invited to join the family at a reception in the church hall following the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kensington Congregational Church, 312 Percival Avenue, Kensington, CT 06037, or to V.F.W. Post #10732, P.O. Box 7025, Kensington, CT 06037.

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