Naomi Dobbins (née Humphreville) came to the end of her long and eventful life on September 15, 2019 in the company of her loving family, spirited to the end. Born in Maywood, Illinois on November 22, 1919 she grew up in the suburbs of Chicago where her father was a ﬁre captain.
Naomi pursued a career in nursing and with the support of her family she trained at Oak Park Hospital. In 1943 Naomi joined the Army along with many of her friends. Stationed in the Paciﬁc she treated wounded soldiers in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and on several hospital ships. Naomi was proud of her service and visited the Women in Military Service Memorial in Washington DC via the Honor Flight program. Returning to Illinois following the war Naomi met the love of her life, Thomas Dobbins, and the two married in 1947. Naomi, Tom and their three children moved to Neenah for Tom’s career in the paper industry as an engineer. Naomi worked as an industrial nurse for the American Can Company and for several families as an in-home nurse. Later in life Naomi enjoyed socializing with her bridge club, taking postchurch trips to McDonald’s to meet friends, and Sunday dinners with family. Her love and friendship went beyond those who were part of her traditional family, especially with Tom and Jayne Adelmann and Monica Bausam who loved and cared for Naomi like their own family.
Naomi is joined in eternal life with her husband, Thomas, daughter-in-law Ann Dobbins (née Adelmann) and her life-long friends, neighbors and in-laws Frank and Evelyn Adelmann. Surviving and remembering Naomi are her sons Tom (Mimi), John (Barbara) and Bill (Rita). Grandchildren that will miss their Gram D include Dana Dobbins (Jenny), Emily Brown (Duncan), Andy Dobbins (Heather), Shawn Dobbins, Sarah Hughes (Mike), Beth Lee (Mark), Katie Dobbins, Tom Dobbins (Maria) and Annie Dobbins. Also honorary grandkids Kristen Harding (Jeﬀ), Kelly Feavel (Pat) as well as Angeline Gallmeier (Jason). Great-grandkids include Soren, Mira, Zoe, Rose, Hannah, Cora and Ethan as well as honorary great-grandkids Owen, Hadley, Luke, Bennett, Julian and Preston.
Naomi’s family is thankful to Heartwood Homes and Kimberly Berg, M.D. for providing love and care during the ﬁnal years of her life. In lieu of ﬂowers it was Naomi’s wish that all memorials go to the Ann Dobbins Nursing Scholarship Fund.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 620 Division St., Neenah with Fr. Dennis Bergsbaken officiation. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in St. Margaret Cemetery.
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