BEHNKE , Debra Krochta The Honorable Judge Debra K. Behnke was born January 16, 1953 in Somerville, NJ and died Oct. 18, 2021. She received her BA in German and history from Indiana University and her JD from the Loyola School of Law in New Orleans. She worked for both the Public Defenders and State Attorneys offices in Hillsborough County. Debra served her community as both a Hillsborough County Judge and a Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Judge from 1989 to 2014. She is preceded in death by her sister, Jill Krochta; her brother, Gregory Krochta; and her, father John Krochta. Debra is survived by her mother, Arlene Krochta; sister, Denise Krochta; brother, Eric Krochta; and her daughters Sara and Grace Behnke. Her proudest achievements were her grandchildren, Oliver, Toby, Simon and Iris, who she loved so very much. She was a hero and mentor to many. Per her wishes, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay in honor of her best friends, Stella, Lucy, and Cleo.
Published by Tampa Bay Times from Oct. 24 to Oct. 29, 2021.
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Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 31, 2021
May all your beautiful and precious memories of Debra fill your hearts, and pray God gives you comfort, peace and strength.
October 28, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Judge Behnke's passing. I have so many memories of her from St. Anne's in Ruskin, to the Ruskin Chamber of Commerce, to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. She was a wonderful person, a gracious woman, an absolutely great judge and she will be missed. We are richer from having known her and sadder for having lost her. Peace and blessings to all of her loving family and friends.