Journey’s End

We are saddened to say that Debbi’s journey came to an end this afternoon. We are heartbroken but take comfort in the powerful messages of love and support sent our way throughout this ordeal.

Debbi’s funeral will take place tomorrow, May 15th, at 2pm at the Prospect Hill Cemetary in Millis, Massachusetts. People using googlemaps or mapquest can use Auburn Road, Millis, Massachusetts as their destination. Below are some directional tips for anyone needing help…

From New York, New Jersey, and points south…

Route 95 to Route 91 North to I-84 to connect with the Mass Pike East. Take Exit 11A 495 South to Exit 19 for 109 into Millis. Turn left onto Auburn road. Follow to the end. Turn sharp left and take the next right to the Jewish section.

From Cape Cod

Sagamore Bridge to 495 to Exit 18 RT 126 to RT 109 into Millis.  Turn left onto Auburn road. Follow to the end. Turn sharp left and take the next right to the Jewish section.

From Boston and points north…

95 South / 128 South toward Waltham. Exit 16B RT 109. 6.5 Miles on 109 then turn Right onto Auburn Road.  Follow to the end. Turn sharp left and take the next right to the Jewish section.

Shiva will commence on Friday and will run through Thursday morning excluding Shabbos. Shiva will take place at our summer home   45 Jericho Road, PO Box 2075, Dennis, MA 02638.

8 thoughts on “Journey’s End”

  1. Baruch Dayan Emet.
    May Debbi’s memory be for a blessing.
    Our lives are richer for having known and loved her, and being loved by her. She has earned her place in olam ha-ba many times over.

    I love you all

  2. I am very very sorry for your loss. While we have never met; I have followed Debbie’s journey through my dear freind Teri Rabb Gorsky. I can say that it is OUR loss, our world is less whole.

    I am a trustee at Dana Farber and passionate about supporting the work to discover a cure for all cancers! Your family’s love, strength and devotion inspires us all to get the job done.

    With my deepest Condolensces.

    Laura Weissman Davis

  3. Jan,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. I’ll always remember Debbi as bigger than life. Patrice was always an admirer of her strength and fortitude. I wish you, your children and extended family all the best over the next several weeks. My thoughts are with you.

    Sincerly,
    Bill Decker

  4. Dear Jan,

    From reading the blog I knew the day was near that I would have to express my condolences to you and your family. A day that saddens me deeply. The children of Passaic have lost a great teacher and mentor to her colleagues! Debbie had a special way of entering a person’s life and leaving a lasting impression. I had the privledge of observing her lessons. It was a small insight into the magnitude and deepth of the type of educator she was. She paid attention to de!tail. She educated the whole child. The consummate teacher, one we should all strive to become! She not only dried the tears of her preschool children, but put at ease the parents in their uneasiness of leaving their babies on the first day of school. I hope you and your family find comfort in your fond memories of Debbie and know that we in Passaic have only become better teachers, students, friends, and colleagues by knowing her. May God bless her and your family! She has left her mark for the better in the Passaic Preschool Program.

    Fondly,
    Colleen Malleo
    Supervisor Early Childhood Education
    Passaic

  5. Please accept my sincerest sympathy for you and your family. I just read the blog and am impressed with the amazing openess, sensitivity, and love that appeared on each page. I did not have the pleasure of working with Debbie, even though I’m in Passaic Schools. We briefly attended the High Scope training at the same time 2 years ago. We would have been friends, though.
    Thank you for sharing Debbie’s Journey. What an incredible testament and inspiration for life well-lived. May G-d bless you all. Please know how far your journey has reached. With this knowledge, may your memories fill the void.
    With deep respect,
    Enid @School # 17

  6. I am writing to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I was so very sad to hear about Debbie was such a wonderful person.

    I had the honor and the pleasure to know Debbie and I was very sorry to hear about her passing away. I had the greatest respect for Debbie and will miss her generous nature and sharing remarkable sense of humor.

    Please let me know whether there is anything I can do to help during this difficult time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I will light a candle for her tonight.

  7. I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this trying time.

    I was privileged to have worked with Debbi at school. She was a passionate, warm loving teacher who only expected the best from her students and parents. I admired how she would challenge the parents to be involved more by having them participate in talking about their jobs, or read books to the children, and share like a family would with each other. Debbi’s classroom was a community, warm and inviting and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

    I will miss her smile and silly jokes. She was always ready to do whatever it took for a child. Debbi was and is an inspiration of someone who lived life to the fullest with her family there every step of the way. God Bless you all and Debbi.

  8. Dearest Jan,
    I am so, so sorry to hear about Debbi. I didn’t know, I would have been there!
    Although we had not connected in years, we shared so much at one time. Did you know she was responsible for my first visit to the Cape? I’m there almost every summer and would like nothing more then to retire there one day.
    Debbi’s generosity was never ending. She offered her friendship and gave the gift of herself to those she shared life with. I feel so privileged to have been her friend.
    Jan, nothing I can say, think or do can ease the pain and profound loss I’m feeling.
    She will be forever loved!
    All my love to you, Rea, Josh, Aaron and Shira. Please know I’m here for all of you.
    Elise G.

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