By BOB OLIVER
DEARBORN — Longtime state representative and Dearborn Public Schools Trustee Agnes Dobronski died Dec. 27. She was 88.
Born in Detroit on April 21, 1925, Dobronski began working to help others at an early age after the passing of her father, as she became the head of her household and supported and took care of her mother for many years.
A longtime Dearborn resident, Dobronski spent 37 years working for the DPS, beginning as a secretary for the principal at Salina Elementary School and finishing as business manager for the district.
While working for the DPS, she attended night school and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and went on to teach at Eastern Michigan University.
Outside of her work with the DPS and as a teacher, Dobronski spent many years in service to Dearborn.
She successfully ran for elected office in 1980 and served on the DPS Board of Education until 1986.
She was later elected to represent the community as state representative, where she served from 1987-88 and again from 1991-98.
She also fought for retired school personnel at the Retirement Coordinating Council from 1980 to 1986.
As a legislator, Dobronski was a strong advocate for senior citizens, public education and women’s rights.
She remained active in local politics until the end, lending her support, time and energy to state and local candidates in recent elections.
In later years, Dobronski lived at the Henry Ford Village retirement community, where she was active in many ways, including serving on the resident council and as president of its League of Women Voters chapter.
Dobronski was shown at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home in Dearborn and her funeral was held at in the chapel at Henry Ford Village.
She was buried at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit.
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