Debra (Debbie) Jean Vietzke, 62, passed away with her family at her side at Northwoods Place Assisted Living on October 5, 2020, following complications of a lengthy cancer battle. She was born in Escanaba on April 18th, 1958 to Richard (Dick) and Lenore Vietzke. She was baptized and confirmed at St Anne’s Church in Escanaba. Her faith was very important to her.
Debbie graduated from Escanaba Area High School in 1976 with honors and subsequently from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She went on to earn a subsequent Master’s Degree in Business and a Doctorate Degree.
Debbie moved to Yardley, PA to begin her career at Transamerica DeLaval in Trenton, NJ. She was in leadership roles for the Siemen’s company for over 40 years. In her most recent years, she transferred to Houston, TX and led the integration effort of the Siemens service business in North America. She achieved global respect and had a highly regarded reputation across the industry. She truly loved what she did every day with the team she was working with and it was very clear to her family that they loved her as well.
Debbie enjoyed her weekly phone calls with her mom and dad and biannual visits back to Escanaba to visit with family. She loved to cook and experiment with new recipes. She enjoyed sharing meals with friends from work, who became her extended family. Debbie became a world traveler because of her job and really enjoyed seeing and learning about new places. She had a ball on her get away excursions with her sister Carol. Above all she loved to work and she did that until her health declined to the point it was impossible to continue.
Surviving in addition to parents Richard (Dick) and Lenore Vietzke of Escanaba are her sisters Carol (Vietzke) Hill and her husband Bert; Mary (Vietzke) Fischer and her husband Willi, and Sandra (Sandy) (Vietzke) Andrew along with 2 nieces, Heidi Hill and Marla Evans (Hill) and husband Gary; and 3 nephews, Nolan Hill, Nicholas (Nick) Andrew and Benjamin (Ben) Andrew. In addition survivors include an uncle and many cousins.
Also surviving are some special people Debbie worked with and befriended, Gabriel and Dana, John and Michelle, Denise, Tamara and Cheryl. They supported her compassionately as she navigated her cancer battle. There are so many from her work that supported her they cannot be named here, and the family recognizes how much they meant to her. Their cards, letters and videos meant the world to her.
Visitation and Services will be private as Debbie wished. Burial will be at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of MD Anderson in Houston, Northwoods Place Assisted Living, UP Health System Hospice and Gentle Hearts and Hands, in Escanaba, for their support and care in Debbie’s last weeks.