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Obituary: Debra Ann (Kirts) Wolf

Published on March 5, 2018 12:01AM

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Debra Wolf

Debra Wolf


Aug. 2, 1955 — Dec. 13, 2017

Debra Ann (Kirts) Wolf, 62, of Astoria, Oregon, passed away on Dec. 13 from surgical complications.

She was born on Aug. 2, 1955 in Hoopeston, Illinois, to Thomas and Sally Kirts.

She married her friend and soulmate, Richard, in May 2004.

Debby grew up in the small farming community of Hoopeston, and moved to Astoria in 2003. She so very much loved Astoria, and the home she so lovingly created and nurtured.

Debby is survived by her husband; three brothers, Michael Kirts of Hoopeston, Illinois, Barney Kirts of Noblesville, Indiana, and James (Susie) Kirts of Hoopeston, Illinois; a nephew, Aaron (Juri) Kirts of Bloomington, Illinois; a niece, Ashley (Mike) Kirts-Arnett of Carmel, Indiana; a great-niece, Olivia; and two great-nephews, James and Noah.

Debby worked as a registered nurse for 32 years in such fields as medical-surgery, pulmonology, gastrointestinal lab, and as a director of nursing. She loved the profession, and was a tireless and compassionate caregiver.

Her love of animals was a cornerstone of her life, and she backed it up by volunteering at the local shelter, donating time and money, and adopting three shelter dogs, Captain Jack, Larry and Frankie. Any sign of an animal in distress would make her work harder to prevent it. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals” — Ghandi

She also loved to garden, paint, and was an excellent cook. She liked cooking food styles from all over the world. Debby really enjoyed traveling, which included trips to Germany, England, Ireland, Australia and multiple cruises, one of which went through the Panama Canal.

She explored her heredity, discovering her family tree was German and Irish.

There will be a private family ceremony in Illinois in the spring.

On Sunday, March 11, at the Astoria Brewing Co., 144 11th St., from 1 to 3 p.m., we will raise a glass in her memory.

Any donations can be made to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter, or Clatsop Animal Assistance, in her memory.


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