Debra Jean Leipfert

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Jan. 7, 2013

Debra Jean Leipfert, 60, of White Haven, passed away Monday morning, Jan.7, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Plains Township.

Born in Omaha, Neb., she was a daughter of the late John C. and Katherine J. Morgan Hylton.

She was a graduate of Martinsburg High School of West Virginia, class of 1970. After high school she worked various jobs. For many years she was employed at the White Haven Center, where she met her husband, Billy. Debra and Billy started the Buttons and Bows Daycare Center in White Haven and later expanded to Weatherly and Freeland, where they have worked for over 30 years.

During that time she graduated from Lackawanna Jr. College and Luzerne County Community College, where she received her associate's degree in early education and child development. She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish of White Haven. Debra was a former councilwoman and member of the Shade Tree Commission of White Haven.

Debra was a loving and compassionate person who had a zest for life.

Surviving is her husband, William, with whom she celebrated 35 years of marriage; son, Brian Leipfert, and his fiancé, Kellie Jordan, White Haven; brother, Norman J. Hylton, and his wife, Kim, and their daughter, Katie, Cartersville, Ga.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick's Parish, 411 Allegheny St., White Haven.

All relatives and friends attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church on Saturday morning. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, White Haven.

Friends may call Friday, 5 until 8 p.m., in the Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, and on Saturday, 10 a.m. until the time of Mass in St. Patrick's Church.

Published in Times Leader on Jan. 10, 2013