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DMOHOWSKI, Anthony Simon

Anthony Simon Dmohowski, 92, retired President and General Manager of Terminal Refrigerating Co. in Los Angeles, died on December 9, 2012 in San Gabriel, California. "Tony" was the devoted husband of Eartha Adelene "Dolly" (Armstrong) for sixty-two years. She predeceased him in June 2008. Dolly and Tony especially enjoyed living in the charming city of Pasadena since moving there in 1976.
Tony Dmohowski was born in Hyde Park, Massachusetts on July 18, 1920. His parents, Josef and Kazmiera Alexandra (Gentek) had immigrated to the Boston area from Grajewo, Poland. Tony enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1942 and completed his basic training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His next stop was at Camp Roberts, near Paso Robles, California, where he served as an artillery instructor. He was very impressed from the beginning with the remarkable beauty and promise of California. Tony loved driving through the Paso Robles area in later years, always enjoying the golden, oak-studded hillsides. A Memorial Day leave in 1943 changed his life forever. He met his future wife and lifelong companion, Dolly Armstrong, on a blind date in Los Angeles. Tony completed additional training and maneuvers in Arizona and in Kansas before deploying to the European Theater of Operation. He landed in Glasgow, Scotland, one week after the D-Day invasion. He served as a Forward Observer in the Fifth Infantry Division of the Third Army and was severely wounded in action during the Battle of the Bulge. He retired from military service with the rank of First Lieutenant.
Tony moved to California after recovering from his wartime injuries and married Dolly on May 11, 1946 in Los Angeles. He enrolled at the University of Southern California (USC) with the support of the G.I. Bill and graduated with a B.S. in Accounting in 1952. Significantly, Tony instilled the importance of higher education within each of his sons, a lesson strongly taken to heart. He was hired at the Terminal Refrigerating Co. cold storage plant in 1950 and remained there for thirty-three years. He was a successful and highly regarded manager and earned several national awards from Beatrice Foods Inc., the parent organization. He retired as president of the company in 1983.
Tony enthusiastically supported the great U.S.C. Trojan football squads of the 1960's and 1970's coached by John McKay. He continued attending U.S.C. football games with his family. He enjoyed reading newspapers, magazines, and non-fiction books to keep track of current events. Tony worked crossword puzzles with a passion and loved traveling and dining out. He was a very generous donor to charitable groups and routinely presented monetary gifts to charities that centered on veteran's affairs, education, health, or Catholic interests.
Tony Dmohowski is survived by his three sons: David and his wife, Kathrine, of Bakersfield, California; John and his wife, Lynne Herold, of Pasadena; and Joseph, of Whittier, California. He is survived by three grandsons, James and his wife Tracy (Wattenbarger), Robert, and David P.; and also his two great-granddaughters, Mallory and Emily. He was uncle to sixteen nieces and nephews. Tony was the last survivor of seven siblings, having been predeceased by his brothers Henry, Charles and Stanley, and sisters Jean Scully, Elizabeth Glynn, and Josephine Schmidt.
A Catholic burial service with full military honors was performed for Tony Dmohowski at Riverside National Cemetery on Dec. 14, 2012.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Jan. 20, 2013
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