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AGE: 60 • Holmdel
Debra Podhaizer, 60, of Holmdel, passed away peacefully at the place she loved most, her home, on Saturday, March 8, 2014. She was born in Red Bank, grew up in Lincroft, where she graduated from Middletown HS. She was a graduate of The University of Maryland, where she majored in Communications. She then lived in Marin County, CA for 5 years before meeting her husband Steven and coming back East. She lived in Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC, before moving back to Middletown, NJ in 1984 and then settling in Holmdel in 1994.
Debbie's first career was as a Sales Rep for various products, most passionately sunglasses. She succeeded with a bubbly personality, strong product knowledge, hard work, and a passion for the people she served, all hallmarks of who she was. Debbie's second career, as a homemaker, was more impressive as she inspired, taught, motivated, encouraged, cared for, tended, and loved unselfishly her children and husband.
Debbie had a constant flow of passions. She was an avid skier enjoying the Mountains of California, Colorado, Vermont, France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. She played tennis with an outstanding backhand. She became a black belt in karate. She was a self made student of alternative medicine. She loved her LB Kass dancing. She was affectionately known as Doctor Deb, Dancing Deb, Workout Deb, and to the close friends of her daughter and son, she was simply "Deb".
She was part Jersey Girl and part California Girl. The Jersey Girl loved summers in Sea Bright, mostly at Driftwood Beach Club. The California Girl was first about lifestyle and then about family. Her California cousins were so important to her life. Her cousins, Bob and Barbara Lessing, Barbara and Glen Conly, Jim and Laurie Lessing, and Gary and Sharon Lessing. Extending to fifteen second cousins and twelve third cousins.
She was known for her purple workout clothes, her blue eyes, her rainbow of emotions, and her blond hair. She had a wide variety of strong friendships, a combination of "friends for a reason, friends for a season, and friends for a lifetime". She loved sipping Chardonnay with family and friends, most especially in her backyard "Shangri-La". She touched all who touched her and was on a first name basis with the mail carrier, garbage man, cleaners, produce man, as everyone felt her kindness and humanity.
She will always and forever be remembered as a Loving Wife, a Wife who was loved, an Amazing Mom, a Mom who was adored, a Compassionate Daughter, a Wonderful Cousin, a Crazy Aunt, a Caring Friend, and a Concerned Sister.
Debbie was predeceased by her father, John Kay. Surviving are her husband of 32 years, Steven; daughter, Falynn; son, Derek; sister, Marsha Mullen; mother, Dorothy Kay, and many loving in-laws, nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 14 at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at Tower Hill First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Debbie's honor to the Sierra Club.
Thompson Memorial Home
310 Broad St. Red Bank, NJ 07701
Published in Asbury Park Press from Mar. 11 to Mar. 13, 2014