2012-09-20 / Obituaries

Deborah Anne Heathfield Wedegartner

Deborah Wedegartner Deborah Wedegartner Deborah Anne Heathfield Wedegartner, adored mother, motherin law and cherished grandmother, devoted sister, loyal friend and respected mentor joined Jesus Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, with family by her side at her Inverness, Fla., home after complications of lung disease. She was 62 years old.

Debbie was born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. on April 30, 1950. She was a twin daughter to Paul and Jean Heathfield. She attended St. David’s & Denby High School. She spent the married years of her life in Manistique, Mich., after marrying William Wedegartner and raised their two children, Julie and Guy. She was a key volunteer in the AA program, touching many lives, and celebrated her 30 years of sobriety last May.

Debbie spent time in Chelsea, Mich. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. before moving to Big Rapids, Mich. in 1998 to be with her family. She retired from Michigan Rehab Services as a receptionist and enjoyed the people she met and friendships she made with coworkers. She lived in Big Rapids Housing Tower and served as the treasurer of the resident council. She was key volunteer for Toys for Tots for many years and was always looking for ways to be a blessing to others.

She moved to Inverness with her daughter and family for the last five months of her life to help her lungs and be close to the ocean again. She was suffering with COPD, MVP and artery disease. She was always courageous, strong and never complained about her ailments, instead tried to help others as much as possible.

Debbie was an amazing loving and nurturing person; having a positive, unforgettable affect on each and every person she came into contact with, no matter how short of a time she was in their lives. She loved spending time at the beach, nurturing her plants, spending time with family and friends, and was an avid Green Bay Packer and Detroit Tiger fan. She will be greatly missed by so very many.

She is survived by her daughter

Julie (Eric) Siewert; son, Guy Wedegartner; grandchildren, Eric Jr. and Jean-Marie Siewert; three sisters, Lynda Collins, Paula Madar and her identical twin, Pam Lesser

(Reuben); and many nephews, nieces and great-nieces and nephews who cherished her.

She was presided in death by parents and her special friend Wally


Memorial Services were held at

Resurrection Life Church in Big

Rapids at 11 a.m. on Sept. 19, with a luncheon to follow. Services will a also be held in Chelsea at Mitchell

Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Sept.

22. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet with a luncheon at the Inverness

Country Club.

Any expressions of sympathy through donations should be made to the family to be distributed to

Deborah’s many favorite charities and causes

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