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Debbie Alena Pekkarinen

06/05/1955 - 04/05/2020

Debbie A. Pekkarinen, 64, of Makinen, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Duluth. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Debbie Alena Pekkarinen was born June 5, 1955 in Virginia to John and Helen (Suomi) Lamprecht. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Virginia in 1973. Following high school, she attended Duluth Business University, obtaining her medical secretary degree. On June 22, 1973, she was united in marriage to Ron Pekkarinen. The couple made their home on the northside of Virginia. Debbie worked at East Range Clinic and Essentia Health, retiring in March of 2019 after 41 years.

Debbie enjoyed quilting, sewing, rug hooking, and making jam; among other things.

Debbie was generous, energetic and loving. She loved to be a part of the community lending a hand where she could.

She is survived by her husband, Ron; children, Cory (Melissa) Pekkarinen and Alena (Kevin) Hull; grandson, Eli Pekkarinen; brother, John Lamprecht; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Joandell; sisters-in-law, Judy and Linda; and brother-in-law, Bill.

19 thoughts on “Debbie Alena Pekkarinen”

  1. Mary Peterson says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss! May you find comfort in knowing she is with her sister and parents once again.

  2. SharonLushine says:

    I can’t believe I will never be able to talk to Debbie again. She was my link to the range. Worked with her for 25 years. She would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. I will really miss her.

  3. Jim and Karen says:

    Alena , Ron, Cory and family; our deepest sympathies. Jim and I are here for you. Alena, you already know we think of you as a daughter; “we” are your extra family, and even though she is gone from us in this world, she will always “be with you” in spirit. Love you ALL!

  4. Connie Murphy says:

    Deepest condolences to Debbie’s family. We’ve got a lot of great memories to remember. Deb was a very kind and caring person and always willing to help out. Well my dear friend Rest In Peace and be ready to play volleyball when I catch up with you🌹❤️

  5. Therese Moilan says:

    I will always remember Deb and all the fun times after high school ,playing women’s adult league volleyball.
    So many good memories, Deb was the captain but they called me “Time out Therese “, because I got nervous whenever the other team was on a roll. Then during time out i would tell joke of the week. Deb always laughed at my jokes. Years latter whenever at the clinic she was always nice to me and if I had to call the billing department for any reason, she was professional but fun, and friendly.

  6. Mary says:

    Hey Debbie thanks for always remembering me , I remember when you made sure I made it to Janelles funeral. You went way out of your way. you were a great older cousin and I admired you’re creativity. I loved your hand me downs as a kid cuz your clothes were so awesome. Say hi to everyone Debbie. Bye Debbie . I am won’t forget you .

  7. Gary & Helen Aubol says:

    Sad to hear that Debbie is not with us and our prayers go out to you. She will be missed, many good memory’s of the days at ERC.

  8. Lori Thompson says:

    So sorry to hear of her passing. We enjoyed each other’s company playing volleyball on our traveling team, going to many tournaments. We never won one, but sure had fun trying! Cory, you are in my thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time.

  9. Anne Tuskan says:

    I will miss you Deb. I worked in the office next to Deb for years. We both enjoyed crafts and egg salad sandwiches. She introduced me to primitive rug hooking and Downton Abbey.
    My sympathies to her family and friends. I will cherish my 2 baskets Deb made. Gone too soon my friend. Rest In Peace.

  10. Andrea Carlson says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I was a fellow “lifer” like Deb at ERC/Essentia, working in the office next to her. Deb was a special, caring person, and oh so creative. From whipping up a batch of jam, quilting, basket making, and could sew anything and everything. Deb was the “go to lady” for planning clinic get togethers and celebration parties, always doing a great job! Rest In Peace my friend.

  11. Bebe Suomi says:

    I played volleyball with Deb for 15 years. I wasn’t very good but she kept me on the team anyway which shows what kind of person she was. We had such great times and were so proud when we got our first trophy. Her energy and outlook were boundless. My deepest sympathies to the family for this tragic loss. I will miss her. God bless.

  12. Dennis Greben says:

    Debbie was certainly a pleasure to work with at the east range pharmacy. She was a quick study and caught on fast. She was an excellent pharmacy technician and fun to work with. Her sense of humor contributed to a lot of laughs and she made the workplace a good place to be. She was a good egg and always my friend. Her generosity of self showed through when she coordinated so many employees retirement parties including my own. I shall miss her. Denny Greben

  13. charlene bateson says:

    So sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. She was great at her job and so caring. She will be missed. She was someone who you could always count on . So many will miss her. Char Bateson, Shelly Thayer

  14. Charles John Lamprecht says:

    So sorry to hear the news that Debbie passed away. Remember her entering jams, pickles, and a rug in the MN State Fair. She was always busy doing so many things. Not many left in the family anymore. Rest in Peace cousin. Charlie and Linda

  15. John Lamprecht says:

    I don’t what to say. This a big big shock. I still can’t believe it. My sister was an energy rabbit that could do anything when she made her mind up to accomplish . Just get out of the way. She was very loving and caring person and always there when you needed her. I don’t know why but every time I think of you Deb is when you had a cast on your leg from your knee to you foot and mom made me bring you outside and watch over you. i would put you on the front steps and every time you found a chance to go you would run like crazy gigggling like carzy right for the road. You grew up to be as bullheaded as me. I can’t stand this. It’s just a dream. I love you so much kid. Ron, Alena and Corey, please know how I love you and miss and love you. Joanie, Judy and Debbie are together and who knows what they are doing together. When I am down and out I’m going to think of them and smile to the sky and try to get over this whole nightmare. All three are in good hands now. Love Butch

  16. John Lamprecht says:

    I don’t what to say. This a big big shock. I still can’t believe it. My sister was an energy rabbit that could do anything when she made her mind up to accomplish . Just get out of the way. She was very loving and caring person and always there when you needed her. I don’t know why but every time I think of you Deb is when you had a cast on your leg from your knee to you foot and mom made me bring you outside and watch over you. I
    would put you on the front steps and every time you found a chance you would run like crazy giggling like crazy right for the road. You grew up to be as bullheaded as me. I can’t stand this. It’s just a dream. I love you so much kid. Ron, Alena and Corey, please know how I love you and miss and love you all. Joanie, Judy and Debbie are together now and who knows what they are doing together. When I am down and out I’m going to think of them and smile to the sky and try to get over this whole nightmare. All three are in good hands now. Love Butch

  17. John Lamprecht says:

    I don’t what to say. This a big big shock. I still can’t believe it. My sister was an energy rabbit that could do anything when she made her mind up to accomplish . Just get out of the way. She was very loving and caring person and always there when you needed her. I don’t know why but every time I think of you Deb is when you had a cast on your leg from your knee to you foot and mom made me bring you outside and watch over you. I
    would put you on the front steps and every time you found a chance you would run like crazy giggling like crazy right for the road. You grew up to be as bullheaded as me. I can’t stand this. It’s just a dream. I love you so much kid. Ron, Alena and Corey, please know how I love you and miss and love you all. Joanie, Judy and Debbie are together now and who knows what they are doing together. When I am down and out I’m going to think of them and smile to the sky and try to get over this whole nightmare. All three are in good hands now. Love Butch Lamprecht

  18. Brother John Lamprecht says:

    I don’t what to say. This a big big shock. I still can’t believe it. My sister was an energy rabbit that could do anything when she made her mind up to accomplish . Just get out of the way. She was very loving and caring person and always there when you needed her. I don’t know why but every time I think of you Deb is when you had a cast on your leg from your knee to you foot and mom made me bring you outside and watch over you. I
    would put you on the front steps and every time you found a chance you would run like crazy giggling like crazy right for the road. You grew up to be as bullheaded as me. I can’t stand this. It’s just a dream. I love you so much kid. Ron, Alena and Corey, please know how I love you and miss and love you all. Joanie, Judy and Debbie are together now and who knows what they are doing together. When I am down and out I’m going to think of them and smile to the sky and try to get over this whole nightmare. All three are in good hands now. Love Butch Lamprecht

  19. John W. Lamprecht, Brother says:

    Hi, this is Butch again! I was reading what I said, and said and said. Deb, I didn’t give you too many lectures, did I?
    It is going to take a long time to get over this. I will see you later, not soon, I hope. Love all of you and Ron, Corey and Alena. Butch
    PS. Say Hi to Judy and Joanie

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