"These were packets she had put together with useful information. There was information about the trash pickup schedule as well as information about keeping your yard and alley clean," said Ms. Tracy. "She tried to educate people about the neighborhood."
Not long after Callie J. Schwartz and her husband bought a house and moved to the neighborhood seven years ago, there came a rapping at the door.
"Looking through the peephole, we saw a polite lady with the sweetest-looking eyes staring up at us, and in her hands was a pineapple upside-down cake," said Ms. Schwartz, project coordinator for the Friends of Patterson Park. "She was the first person we met when we moved in."
"She was a Pagoda docent on Sundays and let people in and gave them its history," Ms. Schwartz said.
Anna Custer-Singh, former executive director of Live Baltimore, was another recipient of one of Mrs. Dobry's cakes.
"She was always there as a champion of the neighborhood and had its best interest at heart. An individual's background never mattered to her," Ms. Custer-Singh said. "She was this grandmother-like figure who had open arms for everyone."
Mrs. Dobry attended services at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church and was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, at Baltimore Street and Lakewood Avenue, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday.
In addition to her son, Mrs. Dobry is survived by four other sons, Daniel B. Dobry Jr. of Marietta, Ga., Joseph M. Dobry of Port Wentworth, Ga., Christopher J. Dobry of Hollywood, St. Mary's County, and Matthew D. Dobry of Hamilton; a daughter, Mary Beth Yoncha of Parkville; a sister, Catherine "Kay" Soellner of Patterson Park; and 16 grandchildren.