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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.

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Published in Press Democrat from Sep. 1 to Sep. 2, 2013.
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October 1, 2013
Debbie was always very interested in my life & always laughed, even though she was in constant pain. I enjoyed talking to her on the phone and will miss our conversions.
Judy Bonilla
September 27, 2013
My Dear Deborah,
I miss you very much. I only knew you as a "sick person" & I always knew you were so much more than that. I asked, & many a story you told. Your mind was keen & creative, I always said you could have been a doctor or whatever you wanted. I'm sorry you didn't feel that way about yourself.

Even in your deepest pain (which had gotten more intense & was virtually every moment of every day), you managed to be caring & compassionate. I felt honored to be your "oasis" as you called your time with me (doing energetic bodywork), every Wednesday for the last 8 years. You always said, "Thank you for being here," & I returned those same words to you & meant it.

I know you depended heavily on Dr. Metz as well, who spoke to you on the phone every single day (weekends, holidays, vacations) & saw you 3x a week at his office for at least the last year, but 20 years in all. I & he felt compelled to be of service, & so honored by your trust in us, your loyalty, your conscientiousness, honesty, sense of humor & general ornery spunkiness. I know you shared laughter & also felt the support of Christina, our office manager as well. We were all dedicated to you, your caretakers & little dogs (Peaches & LuLu) as best we could.

You made it like a true athlete my DebDol (as I called you), you didn't bow out of the race, even if you had to crawl slowly & painfully to the finish, you made it there on your terms. You only came to the office once in a wheelchair, & only 3 house-calls after that...

You are still an inspiration. To me, you are not "dead". Thank you for always "keeping it real', your supreme caring & compassion, wit & humor.

Love always.
Maggie Begley
September 14, 2013
Deb was quite a character in life. She was a great friend and very opinionated. Life was hard on her but she always kept fighting. May she rest in peace and now have that piece of chocolate cake and hamburger and fries!
Cheryl Jensen
September 9, 2013
I remember a healthier, happier Deborah who loved to fish, white-water raft, cook, party and work. Even after
illness began to restrict her life, her courage and perseverance were inspirational.

I am grateful to the family and friends who were there to help her on her final journey to peace and freedom from pain.

Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we
gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.
-Preface to the Catholic Funeral Mass
Susan Schuck
September 3, 2013
"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us."-Helen Keller

you are part of us, love Scott & Carol Ann
Scott & carol Ann Dolinsek
September 3, 2013
My deepest sympathy goes out to Deborah's friends and family. I worked with her at Sears for a lot of years and she was an amazing person and friend I will miss her.
Janie Schutz
September 2, 2013
Deb was a dear friend and quite a character; if only every dog could be loved as much as she loved Peaches and LuluBelle. I will miss her.
September 2, 2013
Deborah you fought a long and hard battle against this disease and now you are finally at peace . I will miss you and the wild and fun things that we enjoyed together years ago at our family reunions and also our special talks . Rest in peace your loving cousin , Jim Dolinsek
Jim Dolinsek
September 2, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Lori Mitchell
September 1, 2013
my deepest sympathy for the loss of a good person as i had the privilege of working with her at sears in electronics
wayne hoffman
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