Mary Drobnick, 94, died on Feb. 24 at the Good Samaritan Center in Aztec, N.M.
Mary, daughter of Frank and Helen Gregorich, was born Sept. 2,1909, in Aspen. She lived in Aspen until she married Louis Drobnick in Silverton. While living in Silverton, she worked for many years at the Grand Imperial Hotel as a pastry chef.
In the mid-1950s, the family moved to Durango. While living in Durango, she worked at the Strater Hotel as a pastry chef. After her husband died in 1970, she returned to Aspen to care for her mother. She managed the lunch counter at the local drugstore while there.
After the death of her mother, she returned to Durango and continued working at the Strater Hotel. In 1981 she retired to Aztec, and for the last five years she resided at the Good Samaritan Center,
Mary had many friends in Silverton, Aspen, Durango and Aztec. Her family and friends will always remember her for her loving and generous ways, poticas and beautiful crocheting.
She was preceded in death by husband Louis and son James L. Drobnick. She is survived by two daughters, Lois Arriza and husband Charles of Durango, and Helen Smith and husband Kenneth Owen of Aztec.
Also, grandchildren Johnny Smith of Farmington, N.M., Eddie Smith of Pueblo, Randy Smith and Theresa Maestas of Aztec, Ben and Tammie Arriza of Durango and James D. Drobnick of Denver.
She is also survived by a brother, Ed Gregorich of Aspen, a sister, Ella Parsons of Austin, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place, and interment will be in the Greenmont Cemetery in Durango at a later date.
Arrangements are entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel in Aztec.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Good Samaritan Center at 200 Care Lane, Aztec, NM 87410.
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