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January 8, 2014

William 'Willy' J. Dobler

William ‘Willy’ J. Dobler

MOUNT VISION — William “Willy” J. Dobler, 85, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, following a brief illness at A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.

He was born Dec. 6, 1928, in Brooklyn, the son of William C. and Anna M. (Cotignola) Dobler.

Willy was a United States Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

He married Eileen Theresa McCabe on May 7, 1955, at St. Ignatius Church in Hicksville. She predeceased him on Dec. 18, 2012.

As a young man, Willy was a butcher at A&P Markets, until he moved with his family to Mount Vision in 1964 opening Dobler’s Country Store. He later opened Willy’s Tavern which he ran for several years and had many good times with his family and friends. 

Willy enjoyed fishing, loved his antique cars and his chickens.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta and the Laurens American Legion.

He is survived by his children, William E. Dobler, Timothy P. Dobler, Mary E. (Frank) Flatley and Matthew J. (Teresa) Dobler; grandchildren, Joseph, Andrew and Michael Flatley, Zachary Dobler, Katie and James Dobler; a brother, Vincent (Peg) Dobler; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Cecilia, and a brother, Frank Dobler.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., with the Rev. David Mickiewicz officiating.

Interment will be later in the Mount Vision Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Laurens Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 164, Laurens, NY 13796.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to

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