Debra Lynn Peterson
Friday, August 16, 1957
Date of Death:
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
61 years old
Debra Lynn Peterson
Debra Peterson, 61, a long-time resident of Rochester passed away after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Deb came to Rochester in the early 90’s for an opportunity to get an education and begin another chapter in her life, that of a single mom and provider. Although it was not easy juggling school, part-time jobs and raising her son Nathan, Deb got it done. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Winona State and Master’s degree in Psychological Counseling at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
After obtaining her degrees Deb worked a few years for Omnia Family Services as a family therapist. In 1998, she was offered a job working for Olmsted County in child and family services. This was a happy day for Deb. She worked 20 years as a mental health professional for the County working with both juveniles and adults. In more recent years she helped to establish and was a team lead for the Olmsted County Adult Services Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program. Deb was proud to be a part of that program. She loved her work, her clients and especially her colleagues. Deb appreciated their many expressions of kindness, support, guidance, and friendship over the years.
Deb wanted to thank the doctors, nurses, research coordinators, and support staff on Mayo Gonda 10 and Season’s Hospice for providing her with such excellent and compassionate care. Deb did not surrender easily, but in the end, when it was her time, she did it with grace, dignity, and so much courage.
Deb was loved and appreciated by her family and friends and will be dearly missed. Her final resting place will be in her home town in Wisconsin, next to her mom.
The family of Debra Lynn Peterson has received the following condolences.
Deb was a kind and caring person. She was a pleasure to work with and a faithful friend! My sympathy and prayers go out to her family!
A loss of a loved one is a burden that God never intended for us to endure. Through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin. (Romans 5:12) God yearns to bring back those who have died and are in his memory for them to live forever here on earth (Job 14:14,15). God promises that there will be a resurrection. (John 5:28, Acts 24:15). These words from God bring me comfort in my grief and may they bring comfort to you as well. Please visit jw.org (search: Comfort). You have my sincere condolences on your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Our deepest sympathies.
Jeff and Renee Voit
I never met a kinder soul than Deb. Her courage was inspiring and her kindness and awesome sparkling blue eyes will certainly be missed. May the knowledge that she was an admired woman bring comfort to you at this sad time.
Dear Nathan & Family,
Your beautiful mother with her wonderful laugh, and kind spirit with be greatly missed.
may you rest in God’s loving arms and finally be at peace. No sneaking cookies either. I love you Deb.
Dear Nathan and family,
I just heard about your mom and I am truly sorry for your loss. Deb was a fighter and she fought for a long time although the good Lord said he needed another angel in heaven so he picked her today . I worked with your mom for over
20 years and i can say she was a good person and friend. Hold on to all those precious memories and she ll be in your heart forever. She is now pain free and enjoying company with her mom and friends that have passed before her. She was loved by many and will be missed. RIP my friend
Peace to all those people that Deb touched in her short time here on earth .?♥?
Deb will be greatly missed by many. I will never forget that bright smile and those twinkling blue eyes. Peace to all who love her.