After a thirty year struggle with Lyme Disease and Osteomylitis, Deborah passed away at home surrounded by her family and friends. She was 64 years old. To Deborah, her passing was a happy graduation from a difficult and painful life to a loving and pain-free world. Deborah was born on August 6, 1949 and passed away on August 23, 2013. She was born and raised in Santa Rosa. Deborah graduated from Healdsburg High School in 1967. Throughout Deborah's life, she held many jobs including being a sales associate for Sears, working in a photography lab, being an assistant at a winery, and owning her own house cleaning business. But Deborah discovered her true passion in life when she attended massage school and became a certified masseuse. In Deborah's younger years, she was an avid swimmer, weight lifter and marathon runner. Deborah loved nature and was a regular beach runner. She was also very crafty often making her own clothes and jewelry. Although Deborah was severely handicapped for thirty years as a result of having Lyme Disease, she always maintained her ability to find humor in the most difficult of situations. Deborah passed as she lived, fully in charge and cracking jokes. Deborah will always be remembered for her witty wise-cracking personality. Deborah is survived by her two brothers Ronald (Georgetta) and Louis (Denise), nieces Lisa Moore (Sean), Jill Cone (Tim), and Beth Skidmore (Will) and their children, Caid, Owen, Jacob, Anabelle, and Liam. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. The Dolinsek family wishes to express their heart-felt gratitude to Memorial Hospice for the high level of professional care they proved for Deborah. Their kindness and gentleness in helping Deborah pass will forever be appreciated by Deborah's family and friends. Those closest to Deborah took great comfort in the support and guidance Hospice provided to them as they took care of Deborah at home. At Deborah's request there will not be a formal service. Because Deborah loved the beach, her family will scatter her ashes in the ocean along with those of her beloved dog, Peaches. Deborah's final wish was for a greater awareness and understanding of Lyme Disease and those who suffer with this debilitating illness. Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen & Lance Chapel, 545-3747.
Published in Press Democrat from Sep. 1 to Sep. 2, 2013.