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Debra Kay Upah

May 22, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Debra Kay Upah, 65, of Chelsea, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama with Father Michael Mescher and Deacon Joe Behounek officiating. Interment will follow at Rector Cemetery in rural Chelsea. Visitation will be held Friday, May 24, 2019 from 5-8 PM at St. Patrick Catholic Church with a Vigil Service and Rosary following at 8 PM.

Debra was born on January 16, 1954 in Mount Ayr, Iowa, the daughter of Donald and Phyllis (Hill) Bethards.

She graduated from South Tama High School in 1972 and attended Marshalltown Community College.

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Debra Kay Upah

On February 7, 1992, she married Jeffrey Upah. Debra worked in Finance and Human Resource departments for various businesses throughout her career. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chelsea. She enjoyed camping, flower gardening, dancing and horseback riding. Her greatest joy was time spent with Jeff, family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Jeffrey of Chelsea; three children, Tamra (John) Fuller of Omaha, NE, Lang Leonard of Chelsea and Kristin Nelson of Katy, TX; nine grandchildren, Trenton, Jakob and Grace Fuller, Wyatt and Cameron Leonard, Andrew Hellberg, Shaylynne, Preslee and Jaxson Nelson; two sisters, Penny (Rod) Graff of Toledo and Stacey (Randy) Murty of Malcom; her step-father, Robert Weitzel of Grinnell; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and one nephew, Tommy Graff.

Memorials may be directed to Iowa River Hospice.

Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 
 

 

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