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Deborah Poole MacCallum

Death 3 Dec 2012 (aged 57)
Burial Sparta, Monroe County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 103781950 · View Source
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Deborah Poole MacCallum, 57, of Sparta, passed away Monday, December 3, 2012 at Franciscan Skemp Hospital, La Crosse, WI. Deb left this earth surrounded by the love of her family with strength, grace, and unwavering faith in her heart.

Deb was born on October 10, 1955 in Ottawa, IL to Charles O. and Rita (Kmitta) Poole. She grew up on the family farm in Ottawa and graduated from Ottawa Township High School in 1973. After high school, Deb attended Illinois State University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1977. She earned her Master of Education – Professional Development degree from UW-La Crosse in 2004.

In 1977, Deb met Neal MacCallum and they fell in love. Deb and Neal were married on June 20, 1980 at St. Columba Parish in Ottawa. They lived first in New Jersey from June 1980 to September 1982 and then moved to Germany, where they lived for eight years before settling in Sparta, WI in February of 1990.

Deb was a teacher at Southside Elementary School in Sparta for 13 years and was passionate in her work, impressing her fierce love of education onto her students. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the B.A. Book Club. Along with her faith, family, friends, and students, she loved many things; among them were reading, music, dancing and singing, traveling with her husband, the Brewers, the Badgers, and the Packers, and the ocean, especially her time at Seabrook Island, SC.

She is survived by her husband, Neal, of Sparta; daughters, Dr. Julia (Scott Buck) MacCallum, of Lebanon, NH, Sarah MacCallum, of Chicago, IL, Laura MacCallum, of Madison, WI, and Emily MacCallum, of Madison, WI; brothers and sisters, Robert Poole, of Ottawa, Nancy (Ed) Bordenave, of Gig Harbor, WA, Patricia (Paul) Farren, of Duluth, GA, and David Poole, of Ottawa; and beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Deb's family feels the deepest gratitude for the medical professionals of Franciscan Skemp in Sparta and LaCrosse for their selfless, compassionate, and unparalleled care of Deb and her loved ones.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Parish, Sparta, with Father John S. Manohar officiating. A private family burial will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Sparta.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services.

The family suggests donations be made to Franciscan Healthcare Foundation, LaCrosse, and Sparta Public Education Foundation.




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  • Added: 19 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103781950
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