Deborah "Debbie" L. Grimm
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Deborah “Debbie” L. Grimm, age 72, of Marengo passed away after a long and difficult illness on Friday, September 3, 2021, at Unity Point Health St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Celebration of Life: 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Brian Lishego officiating. Inurnment will be at Bishop Cemetery, rural Marengo at a later date. Family will receive friends from 2–5 p.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.
Debbie is survived by her husband, Ernie of Marengo, eight children, Dawn (David) Weldon of Delta, Kenneth Whitler, Jr. of Marengo, Rodney Whitler, Sr. of Newport, KY., Tracy Marshall of Marengo, Philip (Somer) Marshall of Marengo, Lori Schulte of Norway, Heather (Brian) Lishego of Marengo, and Sarah (Eric) Hoyt of Marengo; 22 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; her siblings, Rick (Debbie) Duvall of Louisville, KY., Tony Duvall of Louisville, KY., Andy (Janet) Duvall of North Carolina, Elaine Borland of Louisville, KY., and Sue (Lee) Huffman of New Albany, IN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two grandchildren in infancy, three sisters Patricia Meeks, Elizabeth Conley, and Carol Ann Duvall, three brothers-in-law, Joe Meeks, Carlton Conley, and Roger Borland.
Deborah Louise Duvall was born August 4, 1949, in Livermore, Kentucky, the daughter of Kenneth and Wilma Abbott Duvall. She attended Western Middle School in Louisville Kentucky. She married Kenneth Whitler, Sr. To this union Kenny, Rodney and Dawn were born. The couple later divorced. Debbie and Dawn moved to Iowa in 1982. While she was working at Amana Woolen Mills, she met Ernie and they were married on July 3, 1993, in rural Marengo. With this marriage she was blessed with five children to call her own. Debbie was employed at Amana Refrigeration until her retirement. She loved to fish and her hummingbirds. Debbie and Dawn never missed an opportunity to hit up a thrift store or a local garage sale. She enjoyed Netflix, videogaming, or any game with the children. Debbie’s kids would like everyone to know with her illness she had a positive attitude and enjoyed life to the fullest. (awesome person) Family was most important to Debbie, and she cherished all the time she spent with them. She was a better mom than any of us deserved. Debbie will be greatly missed by many. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Walford and had a deep faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.