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Debra Jo Rath

March 9, 1955 January 12, 2019
Debra Jo Rath
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Debra Jo Rath, 63, of Springfield, died on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at her home.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Church of Christ, 1311 S. 4th St., Effingham with Bill Clary officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Altamont. Memorials may be made to the Whoo Hoo Sisterhood or the donor’s choice. A celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date in Springfield.

Debra Jo was born on Wednesday, March 9, 1955 in Effingham, IL to Bruce E. and Mary Jo (Buzzard) Kessler. She was a member of Lakeside Church of Christ, Springfield. She retired from the Department of Professional Regulation with the State of Illinois. Debra was a member of the Women of the Outdoors and NRA and enjoyed working with stained glass, woodworking, baking, cooking, gardening, hunting, traveling, camping, Harley riding; an all-around adventurist. She was proud of her family and a devoted grandmother.

She is survived by her parents, Bruce and Mary Jo Kessler of Altamont; sons, Aaron of Springfield and Andy Rath and his wife Jessica of Effingham; brother, Daniel Kessler of Altamont; sisters Julie Seales and her husband Bart of Altamont and Cindy Kessler of Fordville, ND; granddaughter, Arabella Rath; nieces and nephews, granddog, Jennings and her best bud Bogey.

Deb was preceded in death by her grandparents.

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4:00 PM 1/20/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/20/2019 7:00:00 PM
Gieseking Funeral Home

208 North 2nd Street
Altamont, IL 62411

Gieseking Funeral Home
208 North 2nd Street Altamont 62411 IL
United States





10:00 AM 1/21/2019 10:00:00 AM
Church of Christ

1311 South Fourth Street
Effingham, IL 62401

Church of Christ
1311 South Fourth Street Effingham 62401 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Union Cemetery Final Resting Place

10641 North 300th Street
Altamont, IL 62411

10641 North 300th Street Altamont 62411 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

The Whoo Hoo Sisterhood

P.O. Box #142
Altamont, IL 62411

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