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Deborah Lee Vilsack


Deborah Lee Vilsack, of Upper St. Clair went to be with the Lord on February 8, 2022. Debbie was born in the Panama Canal Zone on April 5, 1967. She passed away surrounded by her family while in hospice care at her sister Amy’s home in Johnstown, PA, where she was cared for by her sisters, Amy and Peggy. Beloved daughter of Harry and Susan Vilsack; sister of Peggy Leedy (Michael) and Amy Croll (AJ) and the late Matthew C. Vilsack (Jen) and nieces, Keally (Mark) Mackenzie, Sara, Addy, Charlotte, Madeline and nephews Charlie and Henry. Also preceded in death by niece, Alivia. Debbie was a graduate of Kent State University’s Fashion Merchandising school. She worked for 18 years at Express in Columbus, Ohio, where she became director of fashion trend forecasting. Subsequently, Debbie traveled the world finding trend ideas for Express, J.C. Penney, Lane Bryant and Ross stores. She will be remembered for her warm, loving personality and for the time she spent in mentoring graduates entering the fashion design field. The family would like to thank the nurses and aides of Family Hospice for their excellent care provided to Debbie. Friends are welcome for visitation at The Bible Chapel in McMurray on Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. and will be live streamed at https://www.biblechapel.org/watch-live/. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Family Hospice, 20 Sheraton Drive, Altoona, PA 16601 or The Bible Chapel, 300 Gallery Drive, McMurray, PA 15317


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A candle was lit in memory of Deborah Vilsack

JULIETTE BENN Feb 17 2022 10:04 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Deborah Vilsack

alice hilliard Feb 16 2022 12:57 PM

I remember Debbie as a fabulous caregiver for my mother Phyllis. The moment Debbie would arrive the house was filled with laughter and happiness. She was a truly special person with a huge heart. I am so sorry for your loss. A beautiful woman inside and out. God bless you Debbie and family.

Diane McAllister Feb 16 2022 11:10 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Deborah Vilsack

Kate Plappert Feb 14 2022 6:10 PM

To Debbie's family, my prayers go out to each of you. I met Debbie at Express at the beginning of her career. Together we worked closely during her years there and became great friends. Her love for her rescue pups, and life was contagious. Early on we shared stories about her Keally and my Keeley along with lots of laughs! Debbie is one of the kindest souls I've ever met, and was a bright light on this earth. Today I am sad, but I know our Heavenly Father, has her in his arms. Hugs and love to you all ❤️

Kathy Faulkner Feb 14 2022 3:56 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Deborah Vilsack

Jason Gleason Feb 14 2022 2:54 PM

We are so saddened to hear of Debbie's death. She touched so many people in such a positive and caring way and has been a light in this world.
Our sympathies are with her family now who so lovingly cared for her in her final months. Rest in peace Debbie.

Ruthie and Barry Palmer Feb 14 2022 10:49 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Deb's friends and family.

Deb was such a lovely, kind, chic and funny person. I first met Deb in Columbus early in her Express career. Her friends from those days have been reminiscing about our many fun, funny and loving memories of Deb.
Although our group of friends is now spread far and wide, we have reconnected to reminisce about our times with Deb. It's amazing how many mention her "infectious laugh".

Thank you to Deb's family for sharing her with us. We will all remember her with love and laughter, to help diminish our great sadness at the loss of her here on earth with us.

Cheryl Meade Feb 13 2022 12:58 PM

Susan and family, I pray the presence of the Lord and the knowledge that your sweet, beautiful daughter is experiencing the joys of Heaven will comfort you in the days ahead. I am praying for your peace as you grieve such a tremendous loss.
Your sister in Christ,
Laura Holizna

Laura Holizna Feb 13 2022 12:39 PM

In the words of Henry Scott Holland, may you hear Debbie speaking to you - even now…

Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Pray, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well.
(Henry Scott Holland; Death Is Nothing At All)

Indeed, all is well for Debbie as she moves on into that part of life we have yet to understand. And, in time, all shall be well for you, too.

During one of the final scenes in a movie called Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, when Mr. Magorium is about to die, he says to his loved-one, "I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I'm only asking that you turn the page, continue reading... and let the next story begin."

As you move forward together, may you not only continue telling Debbie's story, but at the same time turn the page, continue reading... and let the next story - your story begin…again.

Scott and Sylvia McCormick Feb 13 2022 12:27 PM

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