Dolores Catherine Obert, 82, of 2215 Cannonball Road, died on Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2013) in Blessing Hospital.
She was born on Dec. 24, 1930, to Leo and Sylvia (Ridder) Hildebrand in Quincy, where she spent her entire life. On June 20, 1959, she married Richard M. Obert in St. Francis Church. He survives.
She attended St. Boniface Grade School and graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School in 1949. Prior to her marriage, she took great pride in her years of work with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). After her marriage she assumed the career that brought her the greatest satisfaction and the one that she held onto until the day of her death, that of mother.
In her younger days she was active in the Quincy Community Theater and was happy to be able to resurrect this interest in her later years as part of the theater's "Silver Stars." She always loved being creative through her songs, her storytelling, and her poetry.
She loved entertaining and bringing family together. She particularly liked the Christmas season and liked that she was born on Christmas Eve. She was a very devout woman and her Catholic faith was central to how she led her life. She loved being social and never passed up a good bingo game. She was a strong supporter of St. Dominic School through the many, many activities of her children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren, all of whom attended the school. She was a member of St. Francis Church.
Her greatest joy was being an active part of the lives of her eight children and their families. She believed her children were her "diamonds." She took every opportunity possible to host or be at a family gathering. She taught her children about the importance of faith and family. She went out of her way to make every holiday special, from the "Penny Candy Store" on the Fourth of July, St. Nicholas and the stockings, to making sure the "Valentine's Man" made his deliveries. The traditions she imparted to her children and grandchildren will carry on for many years to come.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, James (Karen), Yvonne (Gerald "Booty") Campbell, Rich, Steve (Penny), Alan (Todd), Mathias "Matt" (Amy), Leon and Joanne (Travis) Cobb; her grandchildren, James Jr. "Jay," Kayla, Timothy, Kristy, Katyann, Kelly, and Kori Kay Obert, Holly (Dustin) Schell, Nicholas and Lucas Campbell, Victoria "Tori" and Stephanie Obert, Jacob, Nathan, Emily and Mathias Obert and Dana and Catherine Cramer; great-grandchildren, Grace, Emma, Sophia and Elijah Schell; her step-grandchildren, Hannah and Taylor Cobb; her sister-in-law, Doris Hildebrand; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Dietrich and Joseph Sanders; her special cousin, Charlene Marcks; many nieces, nephews and dearly loved Godchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Leroy in infancy, Bonita Middendorf, Julianna Hildebrand, James Hildebrand, Virginia Dietrich and Leota Sanders; a brother-in-law, Walter Middendorf; and a grandson, Joshua Cramer.
SERVICES: 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church with the Rev. James Wheeler, O.F.M. She will be buried in Calvary Cemetery in the St. Dominic Section.
VISITATION: 3-7 p.m. today in the funeral home. There will be a parish prayer service at 7 p.m.
MEMORIALS: St. Dominic School, Quincy Notre Dame or St. Francis Catholic Church.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.