Its getting nice out. Still feel like i can just call you up. Your favorite time of year is near.i think of you everyday. So much different up at the cabin with out you up there. We talk about you all the time as if your still here with us. Missing you so much Deb. Dont forget to leave a penny here and there so we know your there like your mom did for you . XoxoOxoxXoxoXo
dear Ms.Assink, your were my history teacher which was the best teacher at daytons buff and you were the best teacher ever...im going to miss you
Ms.Assink you were one o the best teachers I've ever met.
You took me to a really fun party, many years ago...
I always thougt you were a sweet woman, very nice.
I didnt hear of your passing until yesterday; I will always remember that day...
Your friend Dan...
I will miss your sweet mother,she was a GREAT caring teacher and a GREAT caring friend.It is an honor to know her.
I was sorry I could not attend her celebration of her life because I was out of town.You will be in my thoughts and prayers through this time.
Ms. Assink you were my favorite teacher and I'm grateful for the chance to have been in your class. I wish I could have made it to the wake but I wasn't notified until it was too late. I hope you are in a good place.
to my friends who weren't able to be at her celebration...
the room was standing room only. early on a lot of right-on deb music played quietly: some rock, some latin american, and very significantly sheryl crow singing "all i really wanna do is have some fun," which virginia and i agreed would have brought deb to her feet.
knowing that deb refused to help tony plan her celebration, i can only say that she must have been confident tony would know what to do when the time came. she just didn't tell him that. it was magnificent, tony.
they played "ave maria" as they tucked deb into the cushions of her coffin and closed it. later we heard elvis sing "i come to the garden alone," a song that dominates my family history. my parents often sang that song as a duet at funerals in my church.
her friend andrea spoke and i don't know where she got the strength, but what a grand tribute to deb as a friend! but even greater, tony spoke to his mom, in front of us all... he threatened to tell inappropriate bartender stories, but he went on to tell us this: he took care of his mom unconditionally for 6 months. she did the same for him for 31 years. he didn't think his sacrifice was notable.
the last song was by the singer who plays the ukele and sings "somewhere over the rainbow," but this version incorporated "what a wonderful world." perfect.
till we meet again, my friend,
lynne with love
Ms.assink You were the best of all Teachers and even tho im sad your gone I know your in a better place and is done suffering Everyone at daytons bluff loves you
Ms.Assink, I wish i could've been there for your wake, I'll always miss you, It's hard for me to Say goodbye But i Know that your happier in heaven
Autumn johnson <3
Please accept our deepest condolences in the loss of your mother. Bob and I just heard and were unable to attend the funeral. Debbie was a fantastic friend and a greater Mother. Please take care and as always we send our love. Mary and Bob Roussopoulos
Hey Tony, I'm sorry I won't be able to make the celebration of your mothers life today. We sure had a lot of good times together. Know that I'm holding u close in my heart.
My life has been complete knowing you, my sweet bff. You have helped me become who I am today. I have been honored to have you in my life as long as I did. My cup runneth over.
Always and forever,
your sister, Andrea
I'm so grateful we kept in touch since elementary school. My son absolutely loved you. I will miss you so much Ms. Assink. I still can't believe you're gone. You will be missed
i was so often called ms. assink, but she was just as often called ms. hisdahl. we were not physically alike at all, but we held the same place in the hearts of the kids we taught. it was a place of honor, and we basked in that place. although she was not at the bluff this tough year, i was still often called ms.assink. that was okay with me, and i told her so. she laughed, that great belly laugh. what a great friend.
madrina, i can't believe you're gone. even though we didnt see each other often,you are the best godmother a child could have. i remember one year you sent me barbie and a bunch of her acceseries for my birthday, i was so excited. and all the times you would come to california to visit i will truely miss you with you all my heart te quiero mucho madrina.
I'm going to miss my dear old auntie
I'm going to miss my dear old auntie
I remember playing violin with your mother in our grade school orchestra. She was talented. (Debralee played first chair and I played 3rd). I remember Rose quite well growing up on the North Side. Rose had a birthday party for your mother and hired horses and a cart. Impressive for me from a family of six children, that would never happen at my house. When my son turned 5 (26 yrs ago) I hired horses and a cart. I know I got that idea from your grandmother!
I'm sorry for your loss.
Susan Hare Winn
I hope you were greeted with peace and pink flamingos! You have taught me so much in such a short amount of time. I will keep those lessons close to me, and pay it forward as you would want. I will miss you dearly, especially that great smile of yours. Love ya, Sheila
Good bye Ms.Assink. I will always remember having you as the best social studies teacher at Daytons Bluff. It's just so unbelievable that you are gone. I'm moving on to the 7th grade now and thanks to you I will be able to pass all social studies classes. Thanks. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. Love you always,
This is truely a sad time, but Debra has been reunited with her mother Rose. Tony,no more suffering in this world for your Mom. You will have lots of good memories of your Mom that will last a lifetime! I first met your Mom thru my sister Pam when they became very good friends in college and to the very end. I thought she was the prettiest girl I ever seen when I met her back in her college days. Your Mom was the greatest person and friend and I saw this over the years between your Mom and my sister. Debra gained another whole family with all my relatives over the years.
Yes,she will be truely missed and I am very glad to have known her over the years!
Deb was always so wonderful to be around! She had a great laugh and she will be missed always! She was an excellent teacher and I loved all of her stories. So sad she left us and I know she is no longer suffering. I always think of her when I hear "Landslide" by Stevie Nicks. Her face lit up whenever she spoke of Tony. Much sympathy and love to you and your family. Peace to all.
It's so very sad that you had to leave us so soon, but you are no longer suffering and that I am happy for. I will miss you so much and you will be my heart forever. Tony, you are a strong man and you are your mother's best accomplishment and don't ever forget that.
Deb and I discovered in 9th grade that we shared the same birthday. We always referred to each other as "my twin". Peace to all who loved her.
I hope to meet you soon. Our prayers go out to you and your mom. Your mom, Debralee and your grandmother, Rose are women of grace. You have a legacy of kindness, love and determination.
Mark and Nancy Bina
Tony, I am so sorry for your loss. It was such a pleasure meeting your mother, I didn't know her well of course, but I could tell she was kind, fun, and full of life.. just like you. Keep your chin up, she's in a better place. Big hug!
A truly good person has left us. I'll never forget you.
Good Bye Debra, God Bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand. Although its been a few years since I Deb I have kept up with her and other classmates on Facebook, the Class of 1972 at Grace won't be the same without you and so many of our classmates who have gone before you.
Tony, all our love during this sad time. May she find peace and no more pain. All our love, Lindsy and Jeremy Nordeen
Your kind heart, unconditional love and friendship, sense of humor and generosity will always be within my heart. I love you and miss you already!
My sympathy goes out to you all. Debi was a friend that passed through my life many years ago but was never forgotten. She left her footprints on my heart with her beautiful smile and loving nature she will continue to be one of the dear people I've known on lifes path.
Debralee, I will miss you my friend. I'll always remember the good times in the neighborhood, the motorcycle rides to Whiskey Junction, but most of all your warm smile and your loving generous heart. Heaven now has the best teacher there ever was.
Your friendly smile will be remembered. May you smile down on you're the prayers to you.
We were friends since kindergarten you will be missed,
My Dear Friend & Party Planning Partner!! I will Love & Miss you forever!! Your spirit & love for life will be present @ all Our future get togethers which you loved to plan with me...Iam sure you are getting a group together up in heaven now that you are there...Love always Patty, Danny & Nicole Johnson
Debbie, (Zena Princess Warrior)
You were the true meaning of a friend. Anyone who had the pleasure of being your friend was truly blessed. God needed another angel so he chose you. Otto and I are glad you were a part of our lives, we'll miss you. See you in the morning.
I remember Ms. Assink as one of my teachers at Daytons Bluff Elementary about 20 years ago. I can only hope my daughter gets to have a techer like her. She was wonderful and great to be around. Thank you for everything.
We bonded during our "coffee talks" every weekend mornings, you, Andrea and me. Deb, you are a part of my life story that i am so happy for. love you. A beautiful angel.
To Debi, a free spirit a beautiful person inside and out, who fought the good fight. We love you and will miss you.
Love, Cheryl, Cindy, Becca and Peaches