WILLIAM “BILL” C. DOBROWOLSKI
William “Bill” C. Dobrowolski, age 66, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at his home. Bill was born in Three Rivers on March 27, 1950, a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Darish) Dobrowolski. He graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1968 and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Certificate from the University of Detroit. Bill later received his Master’s Degree from Western Michigan University.
On Aug. 28, 1976, Bill married Jody Ahr at the Immaculate Conception Church in Three Rivers. He has served on the Nottawa Township board as trustee and clerk for the past 40 years. Bill taught at Centreville High School for 33 years, served on the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department Marine Patrol for 25 years, and taught GED classes and jail ministry at the county jail. He was a member of the St. Clare Catholic Church.
Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, tending to his lawn and fruit trees, cycle riding with Jody through country roads, kayaking, and vacationing in Florida in the winters. He loved going to dinner and playing cards with his friends and running into his students, including his son and wife. Bill coached football, baseball, and basketball. His true love was coaching wrestling. He was voted Regional Coach for two years and was so proud of the accomplishments of his wrestlers from state winners to those just having courage to step on the mat.
Surviving Bill are his wife Jody, Sturgis; son Matthew James Dobrowolski, Avon, CO; mother Elizabeth Dobrowolski, siblings Jane (Bill) Shively, Barbara (Tim) Davidson, Wes (Carol) Dobrowolski, Mary (Tom) Merchant, and Alice Dobrowolski all of Three Rivers; nieces and nephews Michael Dobrowolski, Scott Dobrowolski, Rebecca McGill, Doug Ahr, and Joe Ahr; and his uncle Chet and aunt Bernice Dobrowolski. He was preceded in death by his father and brother James Dobrowolski.
Relatives and friends will be received at Eley Funeral Home, Centreville, Saturday 3-6 p.m. and Sunday 3-6 p.m. Rosary services will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at Eley’s. Funeral Home.
Mass will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Three Rivers. Father Antony Rajesh will officiate. Interment will be in Prairie River Cemetery in Centreville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Clare Catholic Church, St. Joseph County Victim Services, or Centreville Community Soup Supper. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.