HOLZOPFEL, Deborah Kay, 60, of Massillon, passed away November 30, 2012 due to complications from Multiple Myeloma, which is a cancer of the bone marrow.
Debbie was born in Wheeling, WV, on August 28, 1952 to Glenna Harry Violet. She was the middle daughter of five.
Deb was preceded in death by her mother, Glenna Barnett; and her sister, Diane Fields.
She graduated with the Class of 1970 from Bellaire High School.
She is also survived by her husband of 42 years, Keith; and her daughter, Maggie (Herman) Huth; and son, Kris (Debbie) Holzopfel. Also survived by the absolute apples of her eyes, her three grandchildren, Jaret, Kevin and Amber, all of Masillon; her father, Harry Violet; and sisters, Bobbie Jean (Tom) Ferguson; Pam Crum (all of Shadyside, Ohio) and Kathy (Chuck) Mesmer of Destrehan, La.
Deb was employed by Akron Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Akron, Norton and Stow as an assistant. She was a member of the Greensburg Methodist Church. Deb was also member of the Manchester Women's Club for 35 years. Through this organization, she spearheaded donation drives to help feed, clothe and house many people in Summit and Stark counties who needed aid. She also volunteered many years for Edwin Shaw Hospital at the NEC World Series of Golf.
Anyone who had the honor to let Debbie touch their lives would know what to expect from her. And that would be an attitude to help others before herself. This attitude is one she carried through her whole life. She was a giver and not a taker. She found the good in everyone, and assisted anyone that needed support.
Our family would like to thank all the good friends and neighbors that helped and visited with Debbie during these terrible six months. We believe she is in a better place now. Also, we would like to thank all of the personnel at the Seidman Cancer Center and MICU at Case Western Reserve University Hospital for all their compassion and care that they gave Deb.
Friends may gather on Wednesday evening, December 5, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. at the Paquelet & Arnold- Lynch Funeral Home, 1100 Wales Road., NE Massillon, OH 44646. A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. with Rev. Keith Stephens officiating.
If you feel the need to honor Debbie in anyway, please direct a donation to the Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospital Case Western, 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 in her name. No flowers please.
Messages of support and condolence may be sent to the family at www.arnoldlynch.com.