Elaine Joyce Dobbin
Elaine Joyce Dobbin, 92, a resident of theHillsboro,
Oregon community passed away on May 13, 2019 in her home.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 8th at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 30900 Evergreen Road in Hillsboro.
Private family graveside services were held at Raffety Cemetery in Mountaindale, Oregon.
Elaine was born on September 29, 1926 in Mountaindale, Oregon. She was the only child born to Ernest and
Elsie (Reiser) Schlaefli. When Elaine was a young girl her father was killed in a lumber mill accident. Her mother
remarried Bert Walter and together they raised Elaine and her two half siblings, Jean Larson, deceased, and Donald
Walter in North Plains. She attended Hillsboro High School and graduated with the class of 1944.
Elaine began working once she graduated. She met her future husband, Vincent Dobbin, through Vincent's sister,
Loraine. They courted for one year and married on March 27, 1946 in Hillsboro. Following their marriage they moved to the Dobbin family farm in Hillsboro. She was a loving and devoted mother to her family, and her husband's partner in their large family farming operation.
Elaine was also a talented musician, and took some college courses at Lewis & Clark College and Pacific University.
She used these talents to teach piano, accordion and organ to a whole generation of budding musicians in and
She shared her passion for worship music at Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro,
Oregon. She directed Senior and Junior choirs and played organ and piano. Elaine also accompanied many students for various competitions as well as big band music.
She enjoyed family gatherings. Vincent and Elaine also served their Lord by building a gymnasium and musical room at Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School, adding a family life building at Zion Lutheran Church, and
purchasing a fire truck and engine for Washington County Fire District 2.
Their travel highlights included the Holy Land, Australia, Hawaii and genealogy searches.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband Vincent, her parents, and halfsister Jean.
She is survived by her half-brother, Donald Walter; sister-in-law, Loraine Donnelly; two sons and their spouses, Ken Dobbin (Nancy Petrowicz) of West Richland, Washington and Ron Dobbin (Kelly) of Hillsboro, Oregon; four grandchildren, Kathleen Brown(Adrian),
Matthew Dobbin, Elizabeth Dobbin, Dean Petersen(fiancée Rosa Lopez Lobaton) and one great-grandson, Isaiah Petersen.
Following the service there will be a light lunch and fellowship. We celebrate the life of one of God's faithful servants who confidently placed her trust in Jesus as the only way to heaven. Elaine now joins the saints in heaven, having received the crown of victory promised to all those
who place their trust in God alone for their eternal life.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School, or the Portland Swiss Society.
Services provided by Duyck & VanDeHey Funeral Home in Forest Grove.