Violet I. Dobens

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MANCHESTER - Violet I.(Laflamme) Dobens, 97, of Manchester passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Bedford Falls Assisted Living in Bedford.

A daughter of Alfred and Emma Laflamme, she was born in Nashua on July 31, 1915. Violet was married for 51 years to Matthew J. Dobens who passed away on Feb. 16, 1988.

She was also predeceased by her son, Richard R. Dobens, and brothers, Andrew, Arthur and Leo Laflamme.

Violet leaves a sister, Claire R. Laflamme of Nashua and sister-in-law Marjorie Laflamme of Florida, along with two remaining children, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Her son, Andrew L. Dobens of Manchester, and his children, Kelly A. Dobens of Manchester, Erick Matthew Dobens of Massachusetts and Patrick S. Dobens of New York.

Her daughter, Irene J.(Dobens) Gillis of Mason, and her children, Bob McKeever and his four four children of New Jersey and Colleen J. Gillis-Standley of Mason.

Violet graduated from Nashua High in 1934, worked for F.W. Woolworth for many years, and was a scorekeeper for the Manchester South Little League for 16-plus years with husband Matthew as manager. The "Matty Dobens Tournament" is held in Manchester every year in July.

Vi enjoyed bird watching, crocheting, was an avid vegetable gardener and very proud of her tomatoes, and was a serious Red Sox fan. Spending time with her family was very important to her and she enjoyed vacationing with them in Hampton Beach, Florida and Hawaii.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Bedford Falls Assisted Living and VNA Hospice of Manchester and SNH, for their compassion, care and love. They have all gone above and beyond with the excellent care they gave her.


SERVICES: Per her wishes there will be no calling hours. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 172 Belmont St., Manchester, 03103.

To view an online memorial, send a condolence or for more information please go to

For those who wish to make a memorial contribution in lieu of flowers, donations in Violet's name can be made to Visiting Nurse Association of Southern New Hampshire Foundation, at 1070 Holt Ave., Suite 1400, Manchester 03103 or

The Phaneuf Funeral Home and Crematorium, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Published in Union Leader on Feb. 14, 2013