Mary Louise Dobelbower

December 18, 1941January 3, 2013

DOBELBOWER - Mary Louise (nee Glaser) January 3, 2013, of East Aurora, NY, devoted wife of Ralph R Dobelbower, MD, PhD; dear mother of Deborah (Michael) Flynn, Bridget (Philip) Mann, John (Amy) Baldwin, Mollie (Stephen) Ciocca, Michael Christian Dobelbower, MD, PhD (Kristie), Barbara Dobelbower and Ralph R. Dobelbower III (Christine); loving grandmother of Jen, Stephen, Kaleigh, Emily, Courtney, Jack, Ben, Ralph R. Dobelbower IV, Matthew, Joseph, Joshua, Caroline and Rhett; sister of Susanne (William) Powers, Robert (Esther) Glaser and William (Katherine) Glaser; survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday and Sunday 4-7 PM at the WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 784 Main St., East Aurora. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial from Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, 520 Oakwood Ave, East Aurora, Monday at 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur or Bornhava. Online tributes may be sent to

Mary Louise Dobelbower of East Aurora, a former research oncology nurse at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital. She was 71.

Born in North Tonawanda, she was raised in the Town of Tonawanda and graduated from Mount St. Mary’s Academy and the nursing school at Sisters Hospital in Buffalo.

She worked for about 15 years as a research oncology nurse at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Mrs. Dobelbower lived in Toledo, Ohio, for about 26 years before returning to the Western New York area. In Toledo, she served as president of the Medical College of Ohio Satellite and was a longtime member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Maumee River Yacht Club.

She and her husband of 29 years, Dr. Ralph Dobelbower Jr., traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North and South America.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Deborah Flynn, Bridget Mann and Mollie Ciocca; a son, John Baldwin; a sister, Susanne Powers; and two brothers, Robert Glaser and William Glaser.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 520 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 7, 2013

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January 10, 2013

Dr. Ralph Dobelbower:

So sorry to read of Mary Lou's passing. The two of you were always good to me and great friends during my tenure at Maumee River Yacht Club. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Bill Yaney
625 Canal Rd.
Waterville, OH 43566

George Lykens

January 9, 2013

Ralph and family
I would like to give my condolences on the passing of your wife and mother. My the God be with you all in your time of need.
George W. Lykens

Robert Fine

January 9, 2013

Bob and family,

My condolences on your loss. I am out of town or I would pay a visit but my thoughts are with you and your family.

Mary Royer

January 9, 2013

Dear Dr. "D"

I was indeed saddened to learn of the death of your wife.

I sorrow with you in your loss, but also Rejoice with you in our Resurrected Christ.

I keep you close in prayer.

Mary (Rice) Royer
Class of 1958
Bellefonte High School

January 8, 2013

Dr. D.,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you all in my prayers.
Trisha Semler

Ellen Baker

January 8, 2013

Mike, So sorry for your loss of Mary Louise...I remember when you sent pictures of Mary Louise and your Sun Conure...please know you are in my thoughts & prayers.

January 8, 2013

Debbie, Bridget, Molly and very, very sorry for your loss.. We have many foond memories of your Mom,.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. sally and Louie Miceli

Dolores Almester

January 8, 2013

So sorry about Mary Lou, she certainly was a pleasant person, you both are missed at MRYC. God bless your family.


January 7, 2013

I did not know Mary Louise but I have had the great fortune of getting to know two of her daughters. Mary was obviously a great woman and her legacy lives on in her wonderful family. My condolences to you all, there is no way to fill the hole left in your family by the loss of someone so dear.

January 7, 2013

Dr. D, So very sorry to hear about Mary Lou. I pray for Gods grace for you and all the family. Allen Harrah