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Obituary for Vicky Lynn Durben

May 12, 1945 – February 1, 2023

Vicky Lynn Durben, 77, passed away at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, surrounded by her family.

Vicky Lynn Durben
Vicky Lynn Durben

Vicky was born to the late Donald and Ethel (née Frederickson) Hess on May 12, 1945, in Racine. She was united in marriage to George Durben on Feb. 1, 1975, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Vicky worked as a meat wrapper at Sentry and Piggly Wiggly stores for many years, and finally retired from Piggly Wiggly. She grew up on a horse farm, where she learned a love for training horses. She successfully competed in horse shows throughout the Midwest. She developed a passion for training Sheltie Collies and competing in dog shows with her beloved dogs. She was a proud member and volunteer of the Racine Kennel Club.

Prior to George’s death, Vicky and George enjoyed traveling the United States and Canada together. She was an avid sports fan. Vicky enjoyed watching the Milwaukee Bucks and Wisconsin Badgers basketball. Vicky was always a help to her brother, Terry. Thanks for being a great sister and friend.

Vicky will be deeply missed by her brother, Terry (Susan) Hess; niece, Felicia Hess; furry companion, Chad; along with many wonderful cousins and friends too numerous to mention.

Vicky is predeceased by her husband, George Durben.


A celebration of Vicky’s life will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023, at the Wilson Funeral Home, with Chaplain Terry Peterson officiating. Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Inurnment with committal services will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials in Vicky’s name may be directed to Greater Racine Kennel Club (6320 6 Mile Road, Racine, WI 53402) and/or the Wisconsin Humane Society (8900 16th St., Mount Pleasant, WI 53177).

The family would like to extend a thank you to the following: Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital 5th floor Neuro Ward ICU for the loving care they provided for Vicky and the family; Vicky’s close friend, Jill Baranowski, for her friendship and care for Vicky’s furry baby and companion, Chad; Vicky’s neighbors, Jim and Tina Lee, for their continued kindness and friendship; and many other friends for their love and support.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Wilson Funeral Home.

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