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Obituary for Debra S. Vernon

October 16, 1957 – May 15, 2023

Debra S. Vernon, 65, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2023, at Ascension All Saints Hospital.

Debra S. Vernon
Debra S. Vernon

Debbie was born on October 16, 1957, to the late James and Phyllis (nee: Fink) Degerstedt. She attended J.I. Case High School and was employed with Petersen Machine Co. for over 25 years. On Dec. 21, 2007, Debbie was married to John Vernon. Sadly, he passed away in 2020.

Debbie was a member of Moose Lodge #437. She enjoyed watching old movies, Westerns, “Bonanza,” “Gun Smoke,” Andy Griffith, NASCAR, and the Green Bay Packers. Debbie traveled often, taking cruises, going up north and traveling to Florida and Tennessee. She liked to garden and meticulously wrap her homemade banana bread. Debbie loved her little dog Willy and spending time with family and friends at Fritz’s.

She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Amy (Michael) Payan; son, Adam Degerstedt; grandchildren Nikolas, Noah and Alexander; and brother, James (Valerie) Degerstedt. Debbie is further survived by step-children and step-grandchildren.


A memorial service for Debra will be held at noon on June 17 at Purath-Strand Funeral Home. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Debra Vernon (Degerstedt), please visit the Purath-Strand Funeral Home Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Purath-Strand Funeral Home.

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