Sheila J. Dobrowolski, 77

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PORTLAND — Sheila J. Dobrowolski, of Portland, passed away peacefully Nov. 9, at Maine Medical Center with her family by her side.

Dobrowolski was born July 22, 1938, in Fairfield, the daughter of Roy A. and Rebecca Marsh Jones. She grew up in Maine and graduated in 1956 from Cony High School, where she was a talented and popular student. She then attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing in New York City, where she met her future husband, William “Bill” Dobrowolski, who was attending Columbia University. The couple wed in 1957 and moved to Portland in 1960.

Dobrowolski put her medical training to good use, working part time for Dr. David Johnson when her family was young.  According to her family, she had a natural gift for working with children, and taught Sunday School at Woodfords Congregational Church. Dobrowolski later taught preschool at the Discovery Center in South Portland, where she was adored by students, parents and staff alike.

Dobrowolski loved to spend time with her family and numerous friends, who described her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and faithful friend. She had a smile that would light up a room, and she made everyone she came in contact with feel special. She enjoyed spending time at the beach, traveling with close friends and entertaining. Dobrowolski was an avid reader, and possessed an especially keen mind – she and her husband enjoyed doing crossword puzzles together every day.

Dobrowolski was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Nan Jones Kimball.

She is survived by her husband, of Portland; three daughters, Kathryn J. Dobrowolski, of Yarmouth, Sheila Gayle Dobrowolsk,i of Portland and Kristen D.Walker, of Portland; a son, W. Daniel Dobrowolski, of Portland; four grandchildren, Devin Dobrowolski, of Somerville, Massachusetts, Dakotah Walker, of Hermosa Beach, California, and Dylan Dobrowolski and Will Dobrowolski, both of Milo; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held Nov. 14. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Good Shepherd Food Bank, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211-1807.