Debora Jo “Debbie” Shoemaker, 61, Leesburg, passed away at 9:33 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in her residence. She was born on Jan. 14, 1955, to Willis Eugene and Sara (Stutzman) Berkey in Pigeon, Mich.
She grew up in Warsaw then moving around the country, returning back to Leesburg in 2007 after she retired from Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, Phoenix, Ariz. Being a lab tech was her passion in life. She was married to Kim Shoemaker for over 15 years. She was a laboratory Technician for multiple hospitals though out the country. Debbie was a five years lung transplant survivor.
She loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending their games and she always liked keeping score. Debbie enjoyed rock climbing, hiking, gardening, dancing, singing, nature and animals, especially her dog “Zoey”.
She is survived by her mother: Sara Berkey, Bourbon; three brothers: Steve Berkey, Elkhart; Royce Berkey, Corlane, Idaho; and Kurt (Tricia) Brandon, Bourbon; a son: Justin (Ellen) Shoemaker, Leesburg; and a daughter: Jessica (fiancé Robert Fuzi) Shoemaker, Archbold, Ohio; her grandchildren: Sarah and Matthew Shoemaker; Morgan; Kayla; and Tyler Perry; step-grandchildren: Elizabeth and Derreck Davis; and Makayla Fuzi. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She is preceded in death by her father: Willis; a stepmother: Marie Berkey; and a stepfather: Richard Harris.
There will be a visitation with family and friends on from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.
Memorial contribution may be made to the Lung Transplant Program, Methodist Health Foundation, care of Katherine Squadroni, Indianapolis.
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