Obituary: Mary E. Domonoske Doherty
Mary Doherty died at her residence in Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Pomona on October 6, 2016. She was 82.
She was born June 14, 1934 in Monrovia to James and Mary Larkins. Her parents were originally from Tennessee, and they moved to California shortly before Mary’s birth. She grew up in Redondo Beach in a home that she helped her parents build as a child. She graduated from the Holy Names College in Oakland and earned a master’s degree in counseling from Cal State Fullerton. She married Dean D. Domonoske on August 24, 1957. After her divorce she re-connected with Bob Doherty, a kind and gentle oilman she originally knew in the seventh grade, and they subsequently married in 1985. He preceded her in death.
Mrs. Doherty dedicated her life to her family, and raising six children was a full-time job that she relished and at which she excelled. Overcoming many obstacles, she created a wonderful family environment for her children. For many years, she taught elementary school in the Ontario-Montclair School District and also worked as a counselor. She had a large circle of friends and enjoyed many outings and other activities with them over several decades. She also liked to travel, and leaves behind scrapbooks of travels all over the United States and abroad.
Toward the end of her life, Mary slowly succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease, but throughout that period she remained steadfast and determined while ensuring that she lived with dignity. She was blessed to have visits from all of her children in the last weeks of her life. She died peacefully with three of her children and other family members at her side. Her children will forever remember her kind, consistent and loving presence. They, along with many others, will always love her and miss her tremendously.
She is survived by her brother, Jim Larkins, of Palos Verdes, California. From her marriage to Dean D. Domonoske, she has six children, Anne Domonoske, Donald Domonoske, Daniel Domonoske, Thomas Domonoske, Laura Condino and Alan Domonoske, all of whom survive her. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Andrew Condino, Matthew Condino, Heather Domonoske, Colin Domonoske, David Domonoske, Rose Domonoske, Sophia Domonoske, Camila Domonoske and Alison Domonoske.
Her family would like to extend their personal and heartfelt thanks to the Mt. San Antonio Gardens staff at the Oak Arbor Memory Care Unit for their compassionate care over the last six months.
Services for Mary were held Thursday, October 13 at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 435 N. Berkeley Ave. in Claremont. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org