Cora M. Dobson

PORTLAND — Cora May Dobson, 80, of Portland, died on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, surrounded by family and friends.

Her heart was broken at the loss of her lifetime sweetheart of 63 years, Frederick Dobson, who passed away Aug. 10, 2010.

Cora was born in Lynn, Mass., on Dec. 17, 1929, the daughter of Ralph V. and Marion G. Farr Linneken. She married Frederick Peter Dobson on Feb. 22, 1947, and they raised eight children together, residing in Portland. Cora was known in the West End neighborhood as “The Sticky Apple Lady” for making sticky apples. She always open her doors to all and welcomed all that came to their home with open arms and lots of love.

She loved spending time with her sisters on Wednesday playing cards and having lunch together. Cora also enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren playing dice and games. She enjoyed playing Bingo as her special night out.

Family and friends would gather every Sunday at Fred and Cora’s house for a spaghetti dinner. Lots of love and laughter was shared by many. Her life was devoted to her family.

Cora was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Frederick Peter Dobson; her children, Joseph, James and Mary Ann Dobson; and a sister, Eleanor Joyce.

Cora will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her as well as her eight children, Peter Dobson, Pamela Ouelette, Cindy DuBeau all of Portland, Jo-Ann Sanborn of Otisfield, Ralph Dobson, Stanley Dobson, Eleanor Albert and Mike Dobson, all of Portland; sisters, Elva Cimmellaro of Florida, Charlotte Perham of Bridgton, and Norma Killinger of Portland; a brother, Joseph Linneken of South Carolina; 32 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m., at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. Prayers will be recited on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at 9 a.m., at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the St. Pius X Catholic Church, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland, with the Rev. Jack D’Anjou celebrating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. Please visit for additional information and to sign Cora’s guestbook.

Flowers are graciously accepted or donations in her memory can be made to: Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102.

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