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In Memory of
Deborah Sue Mandra
July 15, 1957 - September 18, 2018

Deborah Sue Mandra passed away Tuesday morning September 18th. She is preceded in death by her adopted parents Frank James Musumeci and Irene Anna Musumeci. Also by her beloved horses Bond and Ooack. Debi was born on July 15th, 1957 in Manhattan. She is survived by her many friends, family and myself, Fred Fultz. She worked in the magazine publishing industry (sales) in New York City under the umbrella companies of Helen Gurley Brown for many years before moving on to educational publishing and educational content (computer) for K-12 and higher education. Debi was a focused, self driven employee. She built a name for yourself in all her industry's through hard work and integrity. She was a role model at work for all and mentored many young professional women. Debi had that same drive and focus outside work, training and finishing a full Ironman (first and only) at the age of 52 and also finishing many marathons. She had many passions throughout her life, horses (jumping and dressage), dancing (ballet) and exercising. Her faith was anchored with Jesus. Debi was the best kind of believer.....the best kind of person....strong in her core values and comfortable in the strong woman she was. There was not one fake bone in that woman's body. These were her best and most attractive qualities. You could not ask for bettor person to share and have in your life. She was a defender and protector for all she knew. Her family were her friends, Debi loved you all dearly. Her children were all her house and barn critters (horses, chickens, goats, dogs and cats). If you cared about animals you were good with her if you didn't not so much. Debi deserved the world but needed and wanted very little. She was simply most happy in her barn listening to her horses eat their grain. She always said that sound was therapeutic ......she was right....it is. Debi had a sincere inner energy, a strong mind and a balanced, kind heart. People who knew her would say the same. She will be missed by many. I'll always have a hole in my heart for Debi that will never mend. I was fortunate to have her love in my life. Thank you all who had Debi in their hearts and prayers. Another thank you to all her work relationships (she considered her friends) for reaching out and paying your respects. It was overwhelming support and a great compliment to Debi and the impact she had with people at work. Finally, thank you to Debi's previous employer CSA Creative for their understanding, patience and taking good care of her. Debi would want you to make a donation to any animal shelter near you. She would also want you to go there, adopt an animal and get one with problems. They make the best pets. Debi's life will be celebrated at a later date.

Condolences

Mary Pedigo

Sep 22, 2018

I had the good fortune of working with Debi during my tenure at McGraw-Hill. I enjoyed working with her and admired her sense of humor and professionalism. It was a good day when I got to see her. We often saw each other at Meijer on weeknights and joked it should be our second office. I send you love and hope for healing at this most difficult time.

 

kathy

Sep 26, 2018

My deepest condolences on this tragic loss, what a beautiful lady