Luba Dowling, 86, of Osborne Lane, Woodbridge, wife of the late Raymond T. Dowling passed away March 23, 2010 after a brief illness. She was born in Woodbridge, June 15, 1923, a daughter of the late Mefodie and Catherine Okrut Kozak and was a graduate of Hillhouse High School, University of Bridgeport (BSN), and Fairfield University (MA). Mrs. Dowling was a Nurse for 47 years, and was the operating room director for 40 years at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was a member of the Professional CT Nurse's Assoc., and a founding member of the Operating Room Nurse's Assoc. Mrs. Dowling was also a member of the Holy Transfiguration Church for 31 years, and was a former member of Three Saints Orthodox Church of Ansonia. She is survived by a niece, Nancy (David) Judd, 2 nephews, Paul (Beth) Kozak, and David Kozak, and 3 great nephews Drew, Chase, and Colin Kozak. She was predeceased by her brother, Peter Kozak. The family would like to express a special thank you to Natasha Tankova for her loving care. Funeral service will be Friday, March 26, 2010 at 10 AM at the Holy Transfiguration Church, 285 Alden Ave., New Haven. Friends may call Thursday from 4-8 PM at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Panikhida Service at 7:30 PM. Interment in Three Saints Cemetery, Derby. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Holy Transfiguration Church, c/o 25 Kohary Dr., New Haven, CT 06515, or to Wind Over Wings, 22 Old Road, Clinton, CT 06413, www.windoverwings.com, or to CT Hospice Shelton Office, 680 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton, CT 06484.

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  1. My thoughts are with you all during this time – I am so sorry of your loss. Luba was very kind to me during my visit to CT. I will always remember how she made me feel welcome and went to special efforts making cookies and coffee – taking David and I out to lunch, chatting about her life and all that she had seen and done. She was an amazing woman. She now rests in God’s care but will live forever in the memories and hearts all who she touched. With Sympathy, Judi

  2. I had the opportunity to know the wonderful. light, funny, playful side of Luba which was often hidden from the world. We bonded when we both attended Fairfield for our MA in the early 70’s and Ray was our cheerleader. We shopped in the finest of NYC until we dropped. We were totally opposite and yet enjoyed the opposites in each other. Although I infrequently saw her in the last couple of decades, I know she is where she wants to be and at peace. I thank Luba for wonderful memories.

  3. I wish to express my sorrow in learning about Luba’s death. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, especially her neice Nancy and nephews Paul and David. I am related to Luba on my mother’s side of the family. Her mother and my grandmother were sisters. Luba was quite a remarkable woman and I admired her very much. She was capable, intelligent, strong, yet extremely caring and generous. I shall dearly miss my visits with Luba when I return annually to visit family and friends in Connecticut. I kept in touch with Luba by telephone and was saddened to learn about the downturn in her health and subsequent death. However, Luba did live a long,full life and I’m sure that the funeral services will be a celebration to a life well lived.

  4. sorry to hear of luba’s passing. i worked with her in dana or back in 1980. she was the best boss and employee could ask for. she praised you when you did a good job and of course yelled harshly when you did bad. my fondest memmory of her is the birth of my first child andrea. i had been hospitalized for a week and everyday she came to see me and my daughter bringing gifts. the best one was a teddy bear night light that my daughter still has and she is now 23. it is packed away so that one day her child will have it. Luba will be missed. my thought love and prayers to her family. fondley lynda candelora

  5. To the Family of Luba Dowling I had the honor and pleasure of knowing Luba for almost 40 years. Prior to relocating to Florida I had the privilege of working for her at Yale- New Haven Hospital for 10 years. Even after leaving Connecticut Luba and I remained close friends. She was a kind, knowledgeable, and exquisite woman and I will always feel blessed that she was such a positive part of my life.

  6. Luba was one of a kind. She was a compassionate nurse, but also a great administrator. She could deal with the pompous surgeons, the fearful nurse or aide, and the hundreds of patients who passed through her OR’s. Our sympathy to her family.

  7. My sincere condolences to Luba’s family and friends. I had the pleasure to work with Luba in the YNHH OR back in the 1980s. She was a wonderful teacher and mentor. You always knew right where you stood with Luba. She taught me so much about people and OR management and I will never forget her. I wish I could thank her now for how those lessons helped to form my nursing career. Luba- from all of us back then…thanks for the memories!!

  8. Sincere conloences to Luba’s family. Luba and I are distant cousins since we share the same great grand parents. Although we only met occasionally over the years, she left some great impressions and strong memories of a woman with many positive accomplishments who handled life’s ups and downs with good grace. I especially rmember how close she was to my dad. They were kindred souls and shared a lot. When he had surgery at Yale New Haven, she went beyond the call of duty to make sure he got the best care anfd follow up. I know she will be missed.

  9. President and Mrs. Neil Albert Salonen and the entire UB community extend condolences on the passing of our treasured alumna, Luba Dowling. May her memory be for a blessing.

  10. My condolences to Luba’s extended family. I just learned of Luba’s passing and had to express my gratitude for having the privilege of knowing Luba professionally and personally. I called on her when I was a new orthopedic rep for Zimmer in New Haven, Ct, in the early 80’s. All of my male coworkers warned me about her stern intimidating way with them, but we became close friends instantly and I got to see her soft, caring and compassionate side that they never saw. A champion of women and forever loyal to her wheelchair bound husband for years, even after he passed… Luba was a remarkable woman. She wrote me a wonderful job reference which I still use today when applying for medical sales positions and I will never forget when she let me stay at her house one summer when I was between jobs. Thank you my dear friend and I look forward to spending a lot more time with you when I come home. Love, Dee Maynard 954-895-9292

  11. My sincere condolences to Luba’s family and friends. I had the pleasure to work with Luba in the YNHH OR back in the 1980s. She was a wonderful teacher and mentor. You always knew right where you stood with Luba. She taught me so much about people and OR management and I will never forget her. I wish I could thank her now for how those lessons helped to form my nursing career. Luba- from all of us back then…thanks for the memories!!

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