Dorothy Gombas

Dorothy A. Gombas (Spooner)

January 5, 1934 - May 15, 2021
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Dorothy A. (Spooner) Gombas, age 87, of Shelton entered into rest on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Bridgeport Hospital with her loving family by her side. She was the devoted wife of 64 years to William P. Gombas.

Dorothy was born in Danbury on January 5, 1934 daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy (McNamee) Spooner and was a Shelton resident since 1963. She was a graduate of 1952 Staples High School Class in Westport. Dorothy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1956 from Danbury State University and later went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Education with a minor in Communication Arts in 1977 from Western Connecticut State University. She was an elementary school teacher for grades 3, 5, and 6 for the Shelton Board of Education from 1972 until her retirement in 1992. Dorothy was awarded first place in the 5th grade Bridgeport Post Class Newspaper Contest from 1987 - 1989. She was a member of the Pi Lambda Theta, International Honor and Professional Association in Education, Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut, Inc., National Wildlife Federation and Connecticut Audubon Society. Dorothy was a docent volunteer for the Connecticut Coastal Audubon Center in Milford. She was a previous Brownie Leader, Girl Scout Leader and Troop Organizer for the Girl Scouts of the USA, Educational Representative for the Clean Air Committee, an officer and on the committee of the Parent/Teacher Association and was on the committee of the Parent/Teacher Organization. Most of all, she cherished her time with her family.

Dorothy was the beloved mother of Jerry Gombas and his wife June, Susan Schryver, Jane Simmons and her husband Donald and David Gombas and his wife Janice and sister of Samuel and Frank Spooner and Florence Spooner. She was the loving grandmother of Joseph, Charlie and Luke Gombas, Michael, Marc and Matthew Gajdosik and Nicole and Joshua Simmons, great grandmother of Savanah and Ava and was also survived by several nieces and nephews. Dorothy was predeceased by three brothers, Leroy, Charlie and Reggie Spooner and two sisters, Esther Demchak and Fay Vaszlavik.

A walk through visitation will take place on Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Rd., Shelton. Visitors are required to wear masks and social distance as they pay their respects and exit without lingering to ensure all guests can come through. Her funeral services and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to WCSU Foundation, Inc. for Dorothy Spooner Gombas Scholarship for teaching students, WCSU Foundation, Inc. 181 White St., Danbury CT 06810, or go to . Friends may leave condolences at
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    May 18th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    May 18th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Riverview Funeral Home
    390 River Road
    Shelton, CT 06484
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Andrew Vincent

Posted at 11:46pm
She was a wonderful teacher. She was my 6th grade teacher at Sunnyside School. She will be missed by all.

Eugene Skowronski

Posted at 11:29am
Sincere condolences on the death of Dorothy. While we did not have the honor of knowing her personally, we know she was a great person. She had a distinguished career as a teacher and was involved in so many important volunteer activities which helped people, society and made the world a much better place. She left behind a great family. We have a wonderful friendship with her son Dave who is a dear friend and invaluable help to us in our personal and business affairs. He is an important part of our team and family at the Derby CT KFC. We are sure that Dorothy's other children are of the same high quality. Dorothy will be missed but not forgotten and left behind a wonderful legacy for all of us. Sincerely yours, Gene and Frank Skowronski and the Derby KFC Family

Sandra Laurentus

Posted at 06:25pm
Our sincere condolences. May Dorothy's memory live on with this gift of life. You will be in our hearts the Laurentus Family
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