Frances K. Dobkowski

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First Lady of "The Shores," Frances K. Dobkowski, born Sept. 17, 1931, in Jamaica, N.Y., a daughter with a brother named Edward of Joseph Kurpiel and Janina Bieleska who were Polish Immigrants entering into the United States through Ellis Island, N.Y., during the late 1920s.
She was blessed by God's grace to be in the company of her family when she died a natural death from an acute dissecting aneurysm on Sunday evening, June 22, 2014, at Flagler Hospital and for being awake and coherent to make the final medical decision of "no surgery," knowing that she would definitely die.
Frances graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York as a concert pianist in her earlier years and she gave up her music career to have a family when she married Alfred J. Dobkowski on June 7, 1952, in St. Joseph's R.C. Church in Jamaica.
Alfred Sr. was a naval aircraft mechanic in the United States Navy with an honorable discharge in 1952.
She was a mother to Alfred Jr., Joanne and Theodore in a traditional 100 percent Polish family on Long Island, N.Y., in the '50s and '60s then moved to Galilee, Pa., in the '70s.
In February 1981, Frances and Alfred J. bought and moved in permanently after construction of Unit A in Building 8 of the Conquistador Condominium Apartments of St. Augustine Shores Inc.
Frances was always involved her whole life with the concerns and issues of her local community and made the effort to speak out to the policy makers and get results for her neighbors.
As secretary and first vice president to the board of directors of the St. Augustine Condominium Apartments of St. Augustine Shores Inc. from 1989 to 1993, she was responsible for the design and construction of the fishing pier at the Riverview Club.
Alfred J. Dobkowski died on Sept. 15, 2003, and Frances continued to live at the Shores by herself in a semi-active role in the community until her death.
She had many good people as her friends and was loved or respected by the people who knew her, including the ones she disagreed with.
Her passing undoubtedly marks a tremendous loss to the community, and she should be remembered for her unique personality and the way that she accomplished what she was determined to do for other people.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in St. Augustine Record on July 6, 2014