|Birth: ||Dec. 19, 1954|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 2009|
Debra Kim Curtin-Kaspersma was born December 19th, 1954 at Choteau, Montana. Debbie was the second child born to Richard Preston and Bette Jo Jaconetty. She and her five siblings were raised & adopted by their maternal grandparents. Debra received her early education in Choteau. She was active on the Choteau swim team through ages 10-14. In 1968 the Curtin family moved to Kansas City, Missouri where Debra later attended nursing school. In the years that followed, she worked in Kansas City as a home health nurse.
Debra was in her mid-30's when she developed heart problems. In the late 1980's she could not longer work in nursing, so she went on disability. She decided to return to Montana in the early 1990's. Debbie lived in Choteau and Conrad, where she raised Chihuahuas. She sold puppies throughout the area, keeping many of the older dogs as personal pets.
In 1996 she met Leonard Kaspersma of Conrad. They became good friends and companions in the years that followed. Debra and Leonard enjoyed caring for each other, so they married in Conrad on September 26th, 2004. Two years ago they moved to Rudyard, where they continued to raise Chihuahuas and enjoy a peaceful life together.
Debra's medical condition had worsened these past few years with serious seizures and heart episodes. On the early morning of Friday (July 17th, 2009) she suffered an attack in the living room of her Rudyard home. When Leonard awoke and discovered her, she was already gone. She died of natural causes at age 54.
Deb enjoyed her hobbies. In addition to her dogs, she loved people and enjoyed entertaining. She was a very good cook; her friends will remember her delicious spaghettis and pepper soups. She was also an avid movie buff; reportedly her choice in movies was always eclectic (for instance, she loved the Madea and Stargate productions). And just for the fun of it, she collected snow globes and angel figurines. Last but not least, Deb was a spiritual woman with a strong Christian faith.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard Kaspersma of Rudyard; her mother, Bette Jo Curtin; 2 sisters, Vickie Tuten of Burke, VA. and Christy Ready of Fortville, Ind.; 2 brothers, Shawn Curtin of Lakewood, Co. and Michael Curtin of Clearwater, Fl.; and numerous nieces & nephews. Debra's third sister, Toni Kaye Curtin, has been missing for many years. Toni's daughter, Dannielle Curtin of Helena, has been like a daughter to Debra throughout the years.
It was Deb's wishes to be cremated. A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday (July 24th) at the Calvary Evangelical Church in Rudyard. Pastor Will Anderson will officiate. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall at the church. Arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel of Chester.
Leonard Kaspersma (1928 - 2010)*
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Maintained by: Joanne
Originally Created by: ROA
Record added: Aug 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41135011
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Added: Aug. 25, 2009