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Helen Dobmeier, 99, co-founded janitorial supply company

Nov. 14, 1917 – Oct. 24, 2017

Helen Dobmeier, who founded a janitorial supply company with her husband, died Tuesday in her Eggertsville home. She was 99.

The former Helen Muehlbauer’s father operated grocery store on Walden Avenue, where she was born, and later opened Muehlbauer’s Bakery at 388 Genesee St. She graduated in a class of 10 from St. Mary’s Seminary high school and was believed to be the oldest living alumna.

After completing Chown School of Business, she was hired by Keystone Chromium Co. on Niagara Street and soon became office manager.

She married Robert M. Dobmeier on Thanksgiving Day 1940 and they founded Dobmeier Janitor Supply in their home 10 years later. She was office manager and he was the outside salesman.

“My father was the good guy and she was the tough one,” her son Robert Jr. said, “but she was always very nice about it.”

They incorporated in 1955 and moved the business to 354 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, where it is operated by their son and their daughter Linda. She maintained an interest in the firm until about 10 years ago.

Mrs. Dobmeier served as a trustee and treasurer of the Kenmore Public Library. She was a Regent at Canisius College and a member of the Twentieth Century Club, the Buffalo Yacht Club and the Buffalo Canoe Club, where she was one of the last surviving members of Fleet 0-1, a social group.

She and her husband were active with the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, visiting sister city Kanazawa, Japan, and hosting Japanese visitors. She also traveled extensively on cruises and visited relatives in Germany.

An accomplished baker, she was known for her cake decorating skills.

Her husband died in 2003.

In addition to her children, survivors include three grandchildren and a great-grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville.

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