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Deborah C. Stempel

Waterbury, Vermont

Aug 12, 1951 – May 19, 2020 (Age 68)


August 12, 1951
May 19, 2020
Waterbury, Vermont


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Perkins-Parker Funeral Home - Waterbury Obituary

Deborah Crafts Stempel, 68, of Waterbury Center passed away on May 19, 2020 at the McClure Miller Respite House. She was born on August 12, 1951 in Manchester, NH to parents Mansfield Seth Crafts and Patricia Yeaton Crafts. Deb grew up in Pembroke NH. On July 11, 1981 she married her love, Syl, who survives her.


Deb was a graduate of Champlain College and Trinity College where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She worked in the medical accounting profession throughout her career. She specialized in Medicaid budgeting and held positions at various facilities throughout the state including Fletcher Allen, Copley Hospital, and the Department of Vermont Health Access.


She was an active member of the Mansion Hollow Homeowners Association for over 20 years. Deb enjoyed home improvement projects, sewing, gardening, and vacationing in Wells Beach, ME. She loved spending time with family and never missed a get together.


Days before her passing Deb was able to celebrate the marriage of her beloved daughter, Karli Brooke Stempel, to Matthew James Haight. Because her illness was brief and unexpected, her family gathered for an impromptu ceremony where Deb was the guest of honor and loved ones from across the country attended via Zoom.


Deb was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Jonathan Crafts. She is survived by her husband Sylvester Stempel of Waterbury Center, her daughter Karli Stempel and son-in-law Matthew Haight of York, Maine, her sister Cynthia Wilkinson (Thomas) of Concord, NH, her brother James Crafts (Pamela) of Warren and her brother Patrick Johnston (Melanie) of Carefree, AZ. She is also survived by her nephews, Andrew, Nathan, Griffin, and Sam, and her nieces Ashli, Kristin, and Sara.


A celebration of life will be held at future a date. Memorial contributions in Deb’s name may be made to McClure Miller Respite House or the University of Vermont Cancer Center. Memorial contributions can be made either online at or by mailing to McClure Miller Respite House, c/o UVM Health Network – Home Health & Hospice, 110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446, or The University of Vermont Cancer Center, The Courtyard at Given 4th Floor North, 89 Beaumont Ave, Burlington, VT 05405.


Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury, VT. To send online condolences please visit or the funeral home Facebook page.


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My deep sympathies to the entire Craft/Stempel family! I was shocked to hear the news of Debs passing. I only knew her through her mother, Pat, but I remember that twinkle in her eye along with that wonderful smile.

Deb and I were roommates our senior year at Champlain College. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

I am in shock and very sad to hear of Deb's passing. I worked with her in OVHA/DVHA. We became fast friends and worked closely together for several years. She taught me a lot about spreadsheets. We had many a happy time at the Christmas Tree Shop in Williston. Rest in piece my friend. I will never forget you.

Have very fond memories of Deb. She and I worked together and shared many a laughs. Rest easy Deb. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

My condolences to the family at your lose of a loving wife, mother and guiding light. I great spirit has gone out. My best wishes for remembering and embracing her memory and legacy.

My prayers and thoughts are with your family. She was wonderful person. So much fun to work with. I worked with her at the University Health Center and Department of Vermont Health Access. She will be greatly missed by many. I am so sorry for your loss.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Karlie at this difficult time. It was so lovely that Deb was able to see her darling daughter be married.

We are shocked and saddened to hear about Debbie. Our sincere sympathy to the family . You are in our thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.

Deb was a wonderful friend and classmate. Sympathies to her family.