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Deborah Garrity

Deborah A. Garrity

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Obituary

Debbie Garrity of Kewaskum, WI (formerly of Grafton, WI) ended her struggle with ALS on Tuesday, July 2 at age 66. Beloved wife of DJ (Donald) Godfrey. Debbie was born on June 14, 1953 in Milwaukee, WI to Margaret (Sullivan) and Thomas Garrity and was raised in Grafton, WI where she graduated from GHS in 1971. Debbie worked as a sales executive in the corporate promotional apparel industry where she earned national sales recognition.

As a beautiful, active and fun-loving Irish redhead, Deb thrilled in being a Jazzercise instructor, setting out on long Harley rides with DJ and friends and spending special time with her Ya Ya’s at Legend Lake. In addition to her husband and siblings, Debbie’s beloved nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends were first and foremost in her world along with her love for her cats, Spike, Sam, and sweet dog, Sadie. Blessed with amazing musical talent, she graced many a wedding, funeral and numerous celebrations with her beautiful voice. Debbie’s intellect, quick-witted humor, compassion and radiant smile will be missed by all who knew her.

Preceded in death by her parents Margaret Bliese and Thomas Garrity, stepfather John Bliese and parents in-law Colonel Donald and Joyce Godfrey.

She is survived by her loving husband DJ Godfrey, sisters Kathy Garrity (Steve Jones), Nancy (Rip) Hundt, Jan Doerr and brother Tom Garrity, in-laws Kim (Paul) Stover, Karen Godfrey and Jim Slagel. Also many cherished relatives and friends.

Family and friends who wish to celebrate Debbie’s life are invited to attend a visitation on Monday, July 15 from 1:00 pm to 4:45 pm at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 331 Main Street, Kewaskum, WI with Mass of Christian Burial at 5 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made in Debbie’s honor to:

ALS Association of Wisconsin
www.alsawi.org

American Diabetes Association of Wisconsin
www.diabetes.org

Or the charity of your choice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:45pm
    When
    Monday, July 15th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:45pm
    Location
    Holy Trinity Catholic Church
    Address
    331 Main Street
    Kewaskum, Wis 53040
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, July 15th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    When
    Monday, July 15th, 2019 5:00pm
    Location
    Holy Trinity Catholic Church
    Address
    331 Main Street
    Kewaskum, Wis 53040
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Father Edwin Kornath
  • Interment

    Location
    Washington County Memorial Park
    Address
    3358 Paradise Drive
    West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
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Barb Paschke Wolf

Posted at 07:21pm
Barb Paschke Wolf

DJ and family,

Heaven has gained an Irish angel~
I feel so blessed to have known Debbie all these years. She lit up a room with her bubbly personality and contagious smile.
While it is difficult to loose a good friend, think how lucky we are to have had her in our lives!

Ramona Gahagan

Posted at 07:04am
So Sorry to hear about the Loss of Debbie,AKA Red our deepest sympathy to DJ and her family, Many good memories of her. Blessing to all.
Ramona Gahagan and Family

Peggy Williams-Smith

Posted at 01:48pm
Dear Cousins: Debbie was truly someone who could light up a room with her smile. She will be missed. You have my deepest sympathies on your profound loss.

Barb Frank

Posted at 09:47pm
Condolences to DJ and the Garrity Family from the Grafton High School Class of 1971. It is so hard to hear about one of our most beloved classmates passing away. Debbie will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and her kindness. We all have such great memories of Debbie!
PG

Pete & Mary Gramoll

Posted at 08:09am
Dear Garrity Family - We were so saddened to hear of Debbie’s passing. She was always so full of life with a forever smile on her face. She had a true passion for others and it was always fun running into her! Such a beautiful person inside and out - gone too soon. We hope good memories of Debbie help you all through this difficult time. - Pete & Mary Gramoll
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