Obituaries » Charlotte Dobkowski
Service Date: September 13, 2019
Visitation - Friday, September 13, 2-5pm and 7-9pm at Hempstead Funeral Home, 89 Peninsula Blvd, Hempstead. Funeral Mass - Saturday, September 14, 10am, St. Vladimir’s Catholic Church, 709 Front St, Hempstead. Burial - following Funeral Mass at St. Charles Cemetery, 2015 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale.
Charlotte “Cazmira” Dobkowski, affectionately known as Kazia, Babci and Moms was the eldest daughter of Andrew and Mary Kaminski. She was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY but grew up in the small town of Rockville CT, just east of Hartford. She attended St. Joseph’s Catholic grammar school and Rockville High School. During the summers she worked in the local tobacco farms, picking and hanging tobacco leaves. Charlotte worked as a bank teller at the Rockville National Bank when she met her future husband, Roman, also known as Ray, at the Konieczy wedding when Charlotte was a bridesmaid for Alice and Ray was an usher for Albin. Once married, she moved to Hempstead, Long Island, NY, where she would reside for the rest of her life in the house her husband and father-in-law built on Kernochan Avenue. When Kazia did visit her family back in CT, she and her mother would stay up late nights in the kitchen catching up on all the family news and I’m sure the gossip.
Charlotte was hard working, and along with Ray, put all four of their sons through Catholic grammar and high schools and then college as well. Although she claimed to be “one tough Polish woman”, she was a very loving and caring mother to her sons. Charlotte was a dedicated caregiver to her eldest and disabled son Edward for over 40 years after he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 21. Truly, she was an inspirational role model of selfless caring for all of us. In her “retirement years”, she was a Eucharistic Minister at both Hempstead General Hospital and Mercy Medical Center. A deeply religious person, Charlotte was an active member of St. Ladislaus and St Vladmir churches.
Although she never claimed to be a great cook, her Golumpki (stuffed cabbage) were a sure favorite. Her Kruschiki (Polish Bow Ties), lasagna, fried chicken and meatloaf were not that bad either. She loved gardening, flowers and dancing, especially lively Polish Obereks. Although Charlotte would share everything she had, that was not always true when it came to chocolate. A self-proclaimed “chocoholic”, she always had a secret stash on hand. Although not a smoker nor a drinker, Moms would sometimes be seen having one sole cigarette when the stress level mounted and she would never refuse a small glass of Manischewitz wine.
Her memory will be cherished by all, especially her sons Walter, Larry and Eugene; Daughters-in-law Donna, Judy and Anne; and grandchildren Brian, Michael, Kristen and Anna; Matthew and Andrew; Sam and Kathryn.
Visitation – Friday, September 13, 2-5pm and 7-9pm at Hempstead Funeral Home, 89 Peninsula Blvd, Hempstead. Funeral Mass – Saturday, September 14, 10am, St. Vladimir’s Catholic Church, 709 Front St, Hempstead. Burial – following Funeral Mass at St. Charles Cemetery, 2015 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale.