Alpha E. ‘Putty’ Dobson, 91

Alpha E. "Putty" Dobson (nee Hammer), 91, of West Bend, passed away on Sunday May 8, 2011, at Virginia Highlands in Germantown.

She was born on May 20, 1919, in Milwaukee to the late Erv and Alpha (nee Will) Hammer Sr. On March 13, 1945, she was united in marriage to Robert E. Dobson in Milwaukee. Robert preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1980.

Putty worked as a meat packer for Fancy Frozen Foods in Milwaukee, retiring in 1971. Upon moving from Milwaukee to West Bend in 1976, Putty began working as a caregiver for the Aaron Johnson family and later for others.

Putty is survived by her son, Robert E. (Candace) Dobson Jr. of Slinger; two grandchildren, Robert E. (Megan) Dobson III of Raymond and Anthony (Michele) Dobson of Slinger; two great-grandchildren, Joshua and Jackson Dobson; sister, Violet Diedrich of Milwaukee; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; great-grandson, Brendan Dobson; three sisters, Bernice Lilland, Ione Petraszko and Doris Cook; and one brother, Erv Hammer Jr.

In honor of Alpha’s wishes, a private family service will be held in Washington County Memorial Park.

Memorials to the Brendan Dobson Memorial Fund, c/o Westbury Bank, 200 S. Main St. P.O. Box437, West Bend, WI 53095, are appreciated by the family.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is serving the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Johnson family for their years of friendship and support.