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Mary Dombroski

Obituary for Mary Dombroski

June 16, 2016
North Haven, Connecticut

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Sister


Mary Dombroski of North Haven, age 93, beloved wife of sixty two years to the late Leonard Dombroski, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the Connecticut Hospice, Branford with her family by her side. Mary was born in Poland on December 31, 1922 to the late Vincent and Bernice Pernal Mahalik. Loving mother of Janice Coyle and her husband Matthew Coyle and Leonard "Chuck"Dombroski and his wife Carol Dombroski. Devoted grandmother of Dr. Brenda Coyle Franks, and her husband Dr. Robert Franks, Krisann Coyle Miller, and her husband Jim Miller, and Michelle Tripp, and her husband Scott Tripp. Loving great grandmother of Shamus, Bridget and Tess Miller, Nolan and Slater Franks, and Olivia and Ryan Tripp. Predeceased by her sister Wanda Amato, and brothers Walter and Stanley Mahalik, and by her granddaughter Patricia Mary Coyle, a victim of the Pan Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, and by her great granddaughter Avery Coyle Franks. Mary and Lenny enjoyed winters in Ft. Lauderdale, FL during retirement. They were accomplished dancers, and especially enjoyed trips to the Catskill Resorts with their many friends to participate in dance and theme costume competitions. Mary took great pride in making her home a welcoming place for friends and neighbors. She watched daily Mass and was a sixty years member of St. Therese Church, North Haven. Mary's life was a perfect example of what America offers to all who are welcomed to her shores. When she arrived in the USA in 1928 as a six year old from Poland, she was blessed to have a decent house, early childhood education, safety and unlimited opportunities. A stark contrast to what she left behind. Unfortunately, the Great Depression was about to start, and like so many others, she was not able to complete high school. That, however, did not stop her from becoming a lifelong learner, and positive member of the Greatest Generation. As a teenager she worked at Wallace Silversmiths, and International Silver to assist her family's financial needs. Mary returned to the work force when her children were older, working for a number of North Haven businesses. Mary understood the importance of work, not just as a means of achieving financial independence, but as an example to her children that work is an important and positive element of family and community life. Mary loved and cherished her husband and children, and realized that her most important role was to be a positive role model of wife and mother for her children. She succeeded through her example of willingness to work hard, to unconditionally love her family, to enjoy and care deeply for countless friends, and her dedication to her Catholic faith. Mary is fortunate to have experienced the love and admiration of her granddaughters, as well as see them succeed as wives, mothers, and health care and technology professionals. Of course, the joy of becoming a great grandmother was a tremendous added blessing. Mary's wonderful life was the result of the brave, and perhaps frightening decision of her parents' to emigrate to the United States of America. Thank God for that decision, and God bless America! A special "Thank You" to the nurses, and staff of CT Hospice, Branford for the excellent care and comfort provided to Mary. Also, "thank you" to Mark Hotchkiss, MD, Sylvia and Richard Porylo, Lisa Cardona, and Michael Polanski for the care, comfort, and friendship you gave Mary before and during her illness. And a thank you to Mary's caring neighbors at Quail Run condominiums for their comforting visits.

Mary's family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Washington Memorial Funeral Home, 4 Washington Ave., North Haven. Her funeral procession will leave the funeral home on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. for a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. at St. Therese Church, 555 Middletown Ave. North Haven. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Patricia M. Coyle Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Ellen Downes, 562 Baldwin Ave. #25, Meriden, CT 06450, or The Connecticut Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 306 Industrial Park Road #107, Middletown, CT 06457.

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