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Obituary: Charlene Loretta Velker Dombroski

Charlene Loretta Velker Dombroski

January 14, 1937 – February 11, 2021

Charlene Loretta Velker entered the world on Jan. 14, 1937 in St. Louis, Mo. She passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 11, 2021 in Batesville, Ark.

She married Stanley J. Dombroski in 1956, and had five children: Patti, Mike, Tim, Steve, and David. After the kids started school, Charlene began her studies at Arkansas College. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1977 and later returned to earn a Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 1987.

Charlene was a decorated professional whose resume was filled with impressive accolades. She spent her career as a social worker with the Department of Human Services and Juvenile Court System. She was the recipient of multiple service awards throughout the years, including a finalist for Arkansas Outstanding State Employee of the Year.

Competitive in nature, she was an avid bowler, golfer, and enjoyed a witty comeback. In her retirement, she became a local celebrity at the Hollywood Casino in Tunica, Miss.

Though her body failed and her spirit left this world, she leaves a legacy that will continue through her children and their families.

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary Velker; sister Virginia Moroney; and great-granddaughter, Dakota.

Survivors include husband of 64 years, Stan; children, Patti Truly (Mike) of Wichita, Kan., Mike Dombroski (Rhonda) of Decatur, Ala., Tim Dombroski (Myra) of Batesville, Steve Dombroski (Norma) of San Antonio, Tex., and David Dombroski (Tish) of Conway, Ark.; eight grandchildren, Jordan, Scott, Bryan, Lori, River, Brittany, TJ, and Devin; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home. A private burial will take place at a later date at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at the funeral home.

We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance to 50 people at one time. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks and social distancing will be observed.

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