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  1. I didn’t know Debbie in life but, having read this loving obituary, I feel as though I did. Thank you so much.

  2. This makes me so sad. I didn’t know her well but every time I saw her she had a kind word. She was lovely. I’m broken hearted for all of us.

  3. I am so sad to hear about our collective loss of an iconic woman. She and I shared the same initials and middle names, met at Family Focus when our children were toddlers, subsequent playmates and classmates. Debbie was instrumental in political changes, a brilliant community spokesperson, and a friendly, loving soul. I am grateful that I saw her last summer with my sisters and mother and for having I known her. I am deeply sorry.

  4. I will miss Debbie. I will miss having coffee with Debbie. She was warm, insightful, with ideas she shared with gusto. She kept a gartenmeister fuchsia she bought at Anton’s in 2017 alive for many years. She approved of Evanston changing its chicken-prohibiting ordinance in 2010, and within the past year, she wanted all of us to support the Wild Onion Market in Chicago.

  5. I remember attending meetings in Debbie’s living room, with neighbors and interested parties, taking about zoning and projects proposed. I recall Steve Bernstein – alderman at the time – was there, too. I had a suspicion then, that she was the smartest person in the room.

  6. I propose that every coffehouse in Evanston leave one table open, waiting for Debbie, with a parking space next to it for her bike and trailer. Seeing her sitting there always invoked Joy.

    1. Hi Kate, you hit it on the head. I’d constantly see her at Cupitol and Bagel Art. Always so friendly. A real Evanston institution. How are you? Karl

  7. Saya captured her wonderful spirit mom perfectly. She’ll be deeply missed in our community.
    Vikki Proctor

  8. She shall be missed.Debbie was one of a kind. Every time i ran into her, the word iconoclast floated thru my mind. I loved seeing on her bike. She was a special person.

    Margaret Lurie

  9. I used to enjoy chatting with Debbie at the old Starbucks on Dempster. She was a kind, interesting and one of a kind person who willl be truly missed. I am sorry for your loss and to hear of her passing.