Passed away peacefully on December 13th at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born to the late Lee and Winona DeGraff on November 30, 1947, in Lancaster, New York. Debbie graduated from Lancaster High School in 1965 and received a BA from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1996. After meeting Paul Nocero in high school and dating throughout high school and college, they married in 1967 and eventually landed in San Francisco.
Debbie was a loving mother, devoted friend and passionate volunteer. As a stay-at-home mom, she nurtured her children's passion for learning and creativity. Also active in St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in San Francisco, Debbie was a contributing member to the choir and to the Aidan's Way after-school enrichment program. Debbie served as a board member of the St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary, originating the "Baby Cuddler" program where she provided the much-needed physical contact for newborns, many of them in need of special care.
Debbie is survived by her husband Paul and her children, Alison (Nocero-McKee), Melissa and Anthony, her son-in-law David McKee, her granddaughters Nicole Beeman and Madison McKee, and her sisters, Margo Grant, Candace Koons and Melissa DeGraff.
Friends are all invited to her memorial service and celebration of her life at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, San Francisco, at 4 PM on January 4th.
In lieu of flowers, Debbie asks that you make a donation to your local Planned Parenthood organization in her name. She strongly believes in their mission for women, and she has her three children all thanks to their adoption and infertility clinic services.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 22, 2013