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Ursula Maria Dobbs
Ursula Maria Dobbs

May 3, 1937 - November 28, 2019
Born in East Prussia, Germany
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Ursula Maria von Blonski was born on May 3, 1937 in Spiegelberg in the Allenstein district of East Prussia, Germany. She spoke fondly of living on a farm and having many opportunities to play outside, climb trees, and tease the family’s rooster, who would sometimes try to attack Ursula from atop one of the hay bales. When WWII broke out, the von Blonskis were still in the Allenstein area. In January, 1945, when Russia invaded East Prussia, German citizens were finally allowed to try to evacuate the area. Seven-year-old Ursula was tragically separated from her family and taken in by an unknown neighboring family. As one of millions of refugees desperate to escape the advancing Russian army, and strafed by war planes as she walked, she miraculously survived a brutal winter and the evacuation to mainland Germany via Danzig. She endured much of the next two years in refugee or displaced persons camps and was eventually reunited with family. She emigrated to Warren, Michigan, in August, 1947.

Ursula lived in Warren with her mother, step-father, and six siblings, and attended St. Anne’s elementary school and Dominican high school. When she turned 18, she applied for and became a naturalized citizen of the United States, and she officially took her mother and step-father’s last name, Kuhnhenn. In 1957, Ursula married Donald Dobbs, and they shared 62 years of being in love. Together they raised six children, with Ursula being a stay-at-home mother. As the children got older, Ursula went to work for her brother, Eric Kuhnhenn, at his store, Lutz Hardware, now the site of Kuhnhenn Brewing Company’s Warren location. When she retired, she was a dedicated volunteer for Meals on Wheels and for the Ladies of Charity Clothes Closet and Food Pantry at St. Hugo of the Hills, her parish church where she attended daily mass until she could no longer drive.

Ursula loved visiting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing euchre and pinochle, feeding the backyard birds, and cheering on the Detroit Tigers and Michigan Wolverines. She was an ardent chocoholic, and no chocolate was ever safe around her! She was fiercely competitive, and she was the most recent champion of the annual Dobbs Easter Egg Fight. Ursula’s bright smile, sense of humor, and loving heart will be sorely missed.

Loving wife of Don for 62 years. Beloved mother of John (Cheri), Mary Cloar (Darrell Little), Catherine Spanski (Brad), Chris (Joelle), Tim (Adriana), Dan (Olivia). Cherished grandmother of Michael (Kim), Elizabeth, Norman, Lee (Jenn), Lauren (Joel), Brett (Emma), Ariane, Liam, Robert (Jennifer), Angela, Kelly (Brad), Chloe, Noah and the late Christy. Devoted great grandmother of Finn, Elliott, Jude, Everett, Kyle, Eddison and Emmett. Sister of Eric Kuhnhenn (Marilyn), Karl Kuhnhenn (Lana), Margaret Plonka (Art), Marian Riffel (Dave), Paulette Blackstone (Ken) and Paul Kuhnhenn (Jill).

Family will receive friends Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 2-8pm with a 7pm Rosary at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave. (btwn 13-14 Mile), (248) 549-0500.

Funeral Mass Thursday, December 5, 2019, 11am at St. Hugo of the Hills, Stone Chapel, 2215 Opdyke Rd., Bloomfield Hills. Visitation at church begins at 10:30am.

Memorial tributes to American Heart Association or Make a Wish Foundation.

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Visitation
A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel)
32515 Woodward Ave (btwn 13-14 Mile)
Royal Oak, MI US 48073
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Service
St. Hugo of the Hills Stone Chapel
2215 Opdyke Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
Thursday, December 5, 2019
11:00 AM
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American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
The American Heart Association's mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The association was founded in 1924 and today is the nation's largest national voluntary health agency devoted to defeating heart disease and stroke, which together claim about 950,000 lives each year and rank as our nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. To prevent, treat and ultimately defeat these diseases, the association funds research, creates and implements professional and public education programs focusing on improving emergency care and reducing risk factors, holds community service activities and engages in advocacy efforts to safeguard American's health.
Make A Wish Foundation
7600 Grand River Suite 175
Brighton, MI US 48114