Niagara Gazette


September 21, 2013

Edward Richard Dobrasz

SEATTLE, WA — Edward Richard Dobrasz was born June 4, 1929 to Alexander and Rosalia Dobrasz in Niagara Falls, NY. He joined the Army in 1946, was sent to  Alaska (Wrangell, Adak & Petersburg) as part of the Army Communication System (ACS) as a teletype operator. He met and fell in love with Clara Johanna Odegaard. They were married on August 12, 1950, at Petersburg Lutheran Church.

Ed and Clara made their home in Petersburg along with their three children Paul, Rhoda and Joel until 1958, when they were transferred to Seattle. Other travels for Ed's military family  included Taiwan, Germany and France before Ed retired from the Army in 1967. Ed then went to work for Burlington Northern Railroad until full retirement. After 53 years of marriage, Clara, the love of his life, died in 2003.

Ed rekindled an old friendship with Florence Danielewicz, from childhood days in Niagara Falls, NY, and they were married in May of 2008, and lived in Seattle until his death after a battle with cancer.

Ed was a Life member of the Sons of Norway, a member of Petersburg Elks Lodge 1615, and the VFW. He had a big soft heart for people, animals and his family. We will miss his humor, smiles and hugs.

Proceeded in death by son, E. Joel; wife, Clara; grandson, Matthew and brother, Richard.

Survived by sister, Val Stepien; brother, Alex(Barbara) Dobrasz; sister, Mary Jane (Bill) Whaley; brother-in-law, Gordon (Joanne) Odegaard; son, Paul (Karen) Dobrasz; daughter, Rhoda (Wendel) Gilbert; daughter-in-law, Gail Dobrasz; grandchildren, Rosie (Michael Riley), Nick Gilbert, Megan Dobrasz, Mike (Christin) Kamm, Jeff Kamm; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Belitz Funeral Home of Seattle, WA, with a memorial service at a time to be determined. A service will be held in the spring when Ed and Clara's ashes are interned at Petersburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Ed's name may be made to Petersburg Humane Association, or a charity of your choice.

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