OBITUARY

Dolores J. Bova

July 19, 1932February 1, 2019

Dolores J. Bova

July 19, 1932 – February 1, 2019 Dolores (Dodie) Jane Bova passed away peacefully at the age of 86, surrounded by family, friends, and her dog Tippy. Dodie grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois, and taught herself how to figure skate on the frozen Salt Creek near the Graue Mill in Oak Brook. After graduating from Hinsdale Central High School, she joined Arthur Wirtz and Barbara Ann Scott, traveling across the United States and Canada performing in their show "Hollywood Ice Review." While on tour in Sun Valley, Idaho, she met Philip F. Bova, a musician from Oak Park who was also traveling with the show. They were married in 1954 and celebrated their 59th anniversary shortly before Philip's death in 2013. They resided in Riverside, IL, For 53 years. After her performing career, Bova served as the Skating Director at ice rinks in Oak Park, Park Ridge, Glenview, and Wilmette. She spent more than 20 years at Wilmette's Centennial Park Ice Rink, growing its figure skating program into the fourth largest in the nation. During her career she was a member of the Ice Skating Institute of America (ISI) and was elected to the Executive Committee of its Board of Directors. She was honored as the ISI Woman of the Year in 1980, and received the inaugural President’s Award for Excellence in 1995. She was the 1998 inductee to the ISI Hall of Fame, where she was later joined by Olympic Gold Medalists Scott Hamilton (2002) and Kristi Yamaguchi (2013). Dodie is survived by her children, Steve and Dawn, and four grandchildren: Stephanie, Michael, Brooke and Lauren.

Services

  • Graveside Services Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Graveside Services Monday, February 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Dolores J. Bova

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Ellen Weber

February 13, 2019

From the days my mom would drop me off at your house so I could go to Wilmette for summer skating and lessons with Jill G.,with return trips 3 days later, you made my summer training possible. I was so proud to be a part of your staff, we had lots of fun and taught many. From ice show rehearsals, to show scenery,we sure did it all. The road trip to Wisconsin for the game and our lunches with Carla and Dean will forever be some of my most precious memories. You always wanted to make skating a positive fun time. You were a mentor, inspiration,and dear friend. Life will be a little less bright without your wonderful smile. You and Phil together again, on your next journey. Love you , Ellen Weber

Carla Juliar

February 12, 2019

Thinking about all the good times we had working together at the Wilmette Ice Rink. All the ice shows were so much work but so much fun. The large group of children participating in the shows. It was amazing!! Shopping for the costumes and going to Leo's to pick them out. We always had a good time.

Going to the ISI conferences together and just having fun.

One time I was dancing on the desk at work and Dodie just loved that. She would always say remember that day and laugh. I always enjoyed going to see her these last several years and going to lunch with Dodie, Dean and Ellen.

She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Rest in peace my friend!!



FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY