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Debra Ann Bachel

07/25/1952 - 05/30/2020

Debra A. Bachel, 67, of Kinney, died Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Fairview Range in Hibbing. Burial: Inurnment will be a private family service at the Buhl Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held later this summer. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Debra Ann Bachel was born July 25, 1952, in Virginia to Carl and Katherine (Boyle) Marks. She was a 1970 graduate of Martin Hughes High School, Buhl, Minnesota. Deb married her friend and soulmate Don Bachel on June 17, 1972. Deb was a lifelong Kinney resident. After their marriage, Deb and Don resided in Kinney where they raised their daughters Karla and Kelly. Deb worked at various customer service positions throughout her career, including Buhl Short Stop; MS Bingo at the Sawmill Saloon; Fingerhut; Target; BCBSMN; American Bank; and Anthem. At the time of her death, she was the clerk for the City of Kinney.

After her daughter Kelly was diagnosed with brain cancer, Deb became an active participant in the Sand Lake Shuffle, in which she served as a team member, committee member and was honored to serve as keynote speaker. Deb was a huge advocate for children and for those afflicted with cancer. Over the years, she was known for her leadership during Fourth of July celebrations in the “big town of Kinney.” Just last year, Deb helped to bring back the community’s recreation program, so the youth in town would have something to do. Deb and Don also were active officers in the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Sturgeon River Chapter. She held the position of secretary and served on their banquet committee. Always known for those strong leadership skills, she was affectionately known as “Sarge” during MDHA banquets and helped each banquet she was involved in a success.

For the last 32 years, “Grandma B” was also well known in the MIB school district and athletic programs. Always a supporter of her daughter’s high school sports career, her same love of MIB sports continued on as her grandsons competed in MIB Cross Country, Football, Baseball, Basketball and Archery. She was an adopted “Ma” and “Grandma” for many youths across the Range and savored every minute of it.

Deb is survived by her daughter Karla Kintner of Parkville, her pride and joys, grandsons Casey John Kintner and Riley Donald Kintner; Her sister Betty (Larry) Cipperly of Andover; Brothers: Dick (Donna) Marks of Side Lake; Tom (Sue) Marks of Eveleth; Sister-in-law Sharon Marks, Buhl; brother-in-law John Huffman, Forest Lake; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Carl and Kay Marks; her husband Don; her daughter Kelly Bachel; her son-in-law Bobby Kintner; and brothers Denny Marks and Ron Marks; sister-in-laws Mary Ann Kanian and Donna Huffman, along with other extended family.

Karla and boys would like to thank Dr. Silva, Jessica, and all the infusion nurses with St. Luke’s Cancer Center, Dr. Copeman and ALL of the staff with Fairview Hospice, especially Miranda and Carly, for the excellent care and comfort they provided for Deb. They would also like to thank all of their neighbors, friends, and family for their help and support these past three years.

5 thoughts on “Debra Ann Bachel”

  1. Sharon marks says:

    Debra…RIP, sweetie. I miss you.

  2. Greg Cipperly says:

    Rest In Peace Auntie Deb, going to miss your smile and your laugh, until we meet again . I love you.

  3. Nancy Lind says:

    One thought about Deb is impossible, I knew her for my entire life, such an asset for Kinney, Minnesota. We will never forget her. She loved life and all of us.
    RIP friend.
    Nancy Maki Lind

  4. Marcia Vietanen says:

    Ah Deb you touched so many lives and I’m so thankful you touched mine. Your laughter, your giving nature and always finding the best in every situation. God puts people in our lives for a reason. You taught me much about living just by knowing you. Your legacy will live on!

  5. Tammy H. says:


    Very sorry to see this…
    Condolences to you and the boys in this time of sorrow. Stay strong!

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