Patty DeBruin
1956 - 2019
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Patty DeBruin

Millersport - Patricia P. "Patty" DeBruin, age 62, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family at her home on Saturday, March 31, 2019. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on September 12, 1956 and was the daughter of Robert Parham and Carole (Walter) Eckhardt, who survive her.

Patty graduated from The Ohio State University in 1978 with a B.S. in Home Economics and went on to teach the subject at Amanda-Clearcreek High School and Fisher Catholic High School. She was the office manager of Feeder Creek Veterinary Svcs. in Millersport, Oh. for 35 years and advocated for small business through the National Federation of Independent Business and the Buckeye Lake Chamber of Commerce. Patty was also passionate about agriculture; she served as the Southeast Women's Trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and was a member of the executive board of the organization for 12 years. She served as a 4-h advisor, member of the Ohio Cattlewomen's Assoc., member of the auxiliary committee for the Ohio Veterinary Medical Assoc., and a participant in Ohio State's LEAD program.

Patty is survived by her husband, Steven DeBruin, with whom she traveled the world and shared a loving marriage for 41 years. She is also survived by their children, Elizabeth Cole, Anna (Andrew) Hubbard, Megan (Curtis) Moreland, and Caitlin (Joseph Rehm) DeBruin; eight grandchildren: Kaitlyn Hubbard, Dixie Hubbard, Lilith Cole, Bentley Moreland, Cora Cole, Steven Hubbard, Elliott Moreland, and Chloe Moreland. Also surviving are her siblings Cynthia Burkhardt, Sally Bluck, Virginia Bagnall, Robert Parham (Jr.), Richard Parham, Amy Parham, and Rhett Parham.

Patty was preceded in death by her brother William Parham and sister Susan Parham. Patty is survived also by many nieces and nephews.

The family would especially like to thank Wanda Wells and Mary Kilbarger for their love and attentive care toward Patty, which was a great comfort in her final months.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Lung Cancer Research Fund at The James OSU Cancer Hospital ( or to the Patty DeBruin Scholarship account at Commodore Bank.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 3 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Johnson-Smith Funeral Home in Baltimore, Oh. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Buckeye Lake, with Fr. William A. Hritsko Celebrant.

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Published in Lancaster Eagle-Gazette & Advocate on Apr. 2, 2019.
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April 6, 2019
My sincere condolences to the DeBruin family and friends. Sending hugs and prayers.
Susan Lloyd
April 3, 2019
Our prayers are with Steve and the family.
George Lohstroh
April 3, 2019
Patty was always a very sweet and kind caring person. Her smile always lit up the room. She was never too busy to stop and ask how we all were. Through the years, when we were sad about the loss of a pet, she made that special gesture to get us through those times. We know that she was definitely an angel on earth.
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April 3, 2019
Bob I am so sorry for your loss of another child. You are in my prayers. Connie Gordon
April 2, 2019
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April 2, 2019
So sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful person, though I only knew her from the practice, it appears she touched so many lives in such a positive way.
Linda Smith
April 1, 2019
Our Deepest Sympathy to Steve and his family
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