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1000 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077

Willoughby Location

38001 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Mentor Location

6330 Center Street Mentor, Ohio 44060

Ellie Dombrowski (nee McLafferty)

08/05/1949 — 12/18/2022

A close-up photo of Ellie Dombrowski formerly McLafferty smiling into the distance

Ellie Dombrowski (nee McLafferty), age 73 of Eastlake, passed away December 18th, 2022 at home surrounded by her family. She was born August 5th, 1949 in New Castle, Pennsylvania to the late William McLafferty and Eleanor (James “Buck”) Buxton.

Ellie worked in the cafeteria in the Willoughby Eastlake Schools. She also worked at Vine Lanes in Eastlake and retired from Duke Printing as a Mail Database Manager after 20 years of service.

Ellie enjoyed going to the casino with her husband and friends Frank and Jean Halerz. She enjoyed listening to Motown music. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

Ellie was the loving wife for 54 years to Ken Dombrowski; beloved mother of Mark (Michelle) and Missy (Nick); dearest grandmother of Dylan, Marie, Logan, Mia, Chase and the late Jackson; great grandmother of Jackson and Eliza; sister of Robert (Judy) McLafferty, Sandra (Edward) Waight, Maureen (Lee) Helbig, Michael (Fay) McLafferty and the late William McLafferty and John (Dorothy) McLafferty; aunt to many nieces and nephews; special friend to Frank, Trish and Jen.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 PM Friday, January 6th, 2023 at Jeff Monreal Funeral Home, 1000 Mentor Ave., Painesville. A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

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9 Replies to “Ellie Dombrowski (nee McLafferty)”

  1. Playing bingo and watching Eli alter or create Missy dresses over the years are a few of my favorite memories. Eli’s strength is what I admired most, she handled everything and made it look easy. Eli was an incredible mother, wife, sister, aunt and grandmother.(P.S Don’t worry about Ken, we will definitely take care of him.)


  2. Patrick Wade Noonan III February 17, 2023 at 11:24 pm

    I’m very sorry for your loss. She was one of the nicest and kindest people ever. She’s definitely in a better place now.


  3. Robert and Tina Roncalli (Zarzecny) February 17, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    We would like to send are deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire Dombrowski family. Ellie was so wonderfully kind to all us kids growing up.


  4. My dear friend Ellie. She was the type of person that no matter how much time went by, you still felt like we never left each other. I knew her for 27 years, always had such a wonderful time together. I will never forget her, ever. Love you Ellie. I will keep your family In my prayers.


  5. Going to miss Ellie,hurts just thinking about it!
    Missy got her strength and determination from her Mom. Ellie encourage Mark and
    Missy to be independent and self sufficient. They listen and Ellie was very proud of both of them, especially how they always put their kids, her grandchildren, first above anything!
    As Andrea said, the memories of her designing and creating beautiful dresses for Missy’s school dances, altering dresses for my girls last minute! She was a talents seamstress and Missy shared that Ellie wanted to be a writer. Hopefully the will find a manuscript in her piles of “keep sakes”. I feel blessed to have had her in my life and truly thankful she gave me my Bestie, Missy! All my love Ellie.
    We will always carry you close to our hearts. I vow to watch over Ken and give your Family a shoulder to lean on. I am channeling your strength! Love you much!♥️


  6. Ellie was such a special person. Praying for healing and comfort during this time. Love you all.


  7. I am so sorry for your loss. Ellie was so very special. May you find comfort and peace during this difficult time.


  8. So sorry for your loss I was lucky enough to know this wonderful woman all those baseball games and lunches at Chagrin Tavern so many lovely memories of Ellie. Was fortunate to also work with her at Duke Printing. God bless you.


  9. Prayers are with the family. I worked with ellie at Duke printing. RIP Ellie.


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