Jeanette Carolyn Dobias, 67, of Zimmerman, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at her home.
She was born in Thief River Falls on July 15, 1943, to Adolph and Marianne (Bushamie) Dobias. She grew up in rural Angus, Minn. and graduated from Warren High School in 1961.
She enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 31, 1961, and was honorably discharged on July 30, 1965. She was an Airman 3rd Class Flight Traffic Specialist with the 38th Air Transport Squad at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.
During her service years she obtained her private pilot’s license, became a professional photographer, received her brown belt in judo martial arts and was a finalist in the Miss McGuire AFB contest.
In 1965, Miss Dobias moved to Minneapolis, where she held various highly skilled technical positions with companies including Honeywell, Paco and others. She moved to Zimmerman prior to her retirement.
She had a love for life and for animals, especially her kitties. She also had a great love of flying. She was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1360 in which she built a KR2 aircraft from the ground up and was hangared at the Anoka County airport. She also was a talented artist who enjoyed oil painting.
Her memorial service will be today (Saturday, March 5) at the Fridley American Legion Post No. 303 (763-784-9824). Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home served the family.
Survivors include her sister, Gloria Karjalahti of Fridley; brothers, James Dobias and Ed Knutson, both of Angus; and by her nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Johnny and several aunts and uncles.