A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS


Anna Dobrowolski

26 July , 19251 November , 2019

JULY 26, 1925 – NOVEMBER 1, 2019

The family of Anna Dobrowolski of Lower Sackville, NS, welcome friends and family to join us in remembering our mother, grandmother, neighbour and friend. Anna passed away on November 1, 2019 at the Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Halifax with many members of her family by her side, and the rest present in heart.

Anna inspired all who knew her through her reverence for life, immense practical wisdom, unwavering integrity and strength, and tenacity for making hard decisions at the right times. Born in the Ukraine on July 26, 1925, Anna demonstrated unyielding resilience during her early years before courageously seeking peace in our beloved country. On July 19, 1951, 26 year-old immigrant Anna Kostrycja was welcomed into Canada where she arrived aboard the MS Nelly landing at Pier 21 in Halifax. During her ocean journey, she met Ted Dobrowolski who became her husband for 42 years and father to their six children. Anna was the matriarch of a loyal and loving family that now spans across North America.

Anna loved beautiful Cape Breton Island where she lived for 45 years and raised her children. She also held Austria and its people close to her heart after spending time there before her voyage to Canada. She loved to pick blueberries, spend time with friends, family and especially her grandchildren, and nourished all of us with delicious food and unconditional love.

Left to honour her legacy are her daughter Rose (Don) Wells, son Joseph (Joyce) Dobrowolski, son John (Angela) Dobrowolski, daughter Linda (Jay) McDonald, son Jim (Barbara Cunningham) Dobrowolski and son Francis (Lois) Dobrowolski. She is adored by her grandchildren Noelle (Bobby) MacLean, Kenny (Kayla) MacQueen, Chrisanna (Toby) Banks, Sarah Dobrowolski, Jennie (Brian Conoley), Megan Levy, SK McDonald, Brandan McDonald, T.J. Dobrowolski, Francis Dobrowolski, Jennifer (Zachery Feltham) Dobrowolski and her precious great grandchildren Annah-Clare MacLean, Jasper MacQueen and Linnea Feltham.

Anna, Mom, Nanny was pre-deceased by most of her family from the Ukraine including her father Gregor, mother Kristina, brothers Peter, Michael, Stephen, and Walter and sisters Saundra, Tatiana, and Maria. She is also pre-deceased by the father of her children, Ted Dobrowolski.

Celebration of Anna’s full and beautiful life will take place starting Sunday, November 3 from 6:00 P.M – 8:00 P.M. at A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home in Dartmouth, followed by a service on Monday, November 4 at 11:00 A.M. at the same venue.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever… Psalms 23 - 6


  • Visitation Sunday, 3 November , 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, 4 November , 2019


Anna Dobrowolski

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Donnie Marsh

5 November 2019

So sorry to hear that Anna passed. John and I met in primary and became best friends immediately. I spent almost as much time on that farm as I did at my own house. My fondest memory of Anna was when I would go into the barn to watch her milk the cows. She would immediately take aim and squirt milk in my face, and we would both have a good laugh.

My deepest condolences to all the family, take care.

Donnie Marsh

Cathy Cusack

3 November 2019

Dear John, Chrisanna, Sarah, Jenny, Joe and all of the Dobrowolski family - my deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom and grandmother. I know how devoted she was to each and every one of you and of course how devoted you all were to her. May her courage, loving nature and beautiful spirit live on in each of your hearts and memories. God bless you all.
Cathy Cusack, Lawrence, Jeff & Chris

Sandra Campbell (Rice)

3 November 2019

My family grew up next door to Anna and Teddy, my sister Colleen and myself would go over and play with Rose we were all close in age Anna would give us homemade bread it was so good I can still taste it she would be upset with me if I din’t eat the crust Teddy would take us on the tractor with his own kids when he was cutting hay and I remember him rolling down our socks on a hot day
Anna was such a pretty woman with her dimples I remember her geraniums in pots on the windowsill she named one of her sons after my father James who died at the age of 45 I’m told they were all great friends and helped each other a lot.
Days of playing in the barn and making things out of the loose hay, it is an end of an era for Colleen and Myself and we send our condolences to Rose Linda Joe John Jimmy and Francis.

Marie Nemeth (Cusack)

3 November 2019

Jennie, Sarah, Chrisanna, John,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your grandmother and mother. I know how much she meant to you all. I hope your memories of her help you through these very difficult times and in the times to come as you remember her.

Dawn & Larry Cullen

3 November 2019

Dear John,
So sorry to hear of your Mother’s death. I know words are not adequate at this difficult time but please take a little comfort in knowing that others are thinking of you and your family.

Heather Cunningham

3 November 2019

My thoughts and love go out to Anna’s beautiful family - those I had the pleasure of meeting and to those I have yet to meet. It was wonderful to hear stories of Anna’s past life as I enjoyed many a visit and meal during past holidays and just celebrating life in general with Jim, Barbara and Anna. Anna was a very generous and interesting lady to share time with and I’m so pleased to have had the chance to get to know her. She certainly will be missed. God bless you all.

Mary and Eldon Schofield

2 November 2019

To Jim, John, Rose, Joseph, Linda, Francis and the entire family; our love and prayers are with you with the passing of your Mother. May you feel much strength, comfort and peace in the days ahead.