Debbie L. Lee


Debbie L. Lee, 64, of Rock Lake, ND passed away on Dec. 9, 2022 in a Bismarck Hospital with her loving family by her side.  A memorial service will be held on Dec. 17th, 2022 at 11am at First Lutheran Church of Plaza ND.  In accordance with Debbie’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

Debbie Lee Weigel was born on January 4, 1958 to Donald and Lila (Olson) Weigel in Garrison, ND.

Debbie was raised on the farm in Roseglen.  She attended school in White Shield until Senior year where she graduated from North Shore High School.  Debbie was active in basketball and cheerleading throughout school.

Debbie was blessed with two children.  Joy in 1976 and Jason in 1978.  Debbie was also blessed with a loving partner of 20 years, Jeff Bruhn.

Debbie worked for Opportunity Foundation in Williston for over 35 years in a variety of positions.  She loved playing cards and board games, embroidery, loved to read and loved traveling to visit family and friends.  She was an excellent cook.  She loved her horses.  Debbie was basically good at everything she did and she lived life to the fullest.  Most of all she made sure her children knew how much she loved them every day.  Debbie touched the lives of all she knew and loved with no end.

Survived by Immediate Family: Partner of 20 years Jeff Bruhn, Rock Lake, ND; Daughter Joy (Wes) Ruud, Parshall, ND; Son Jason (Lindsay) Ruud, West Fargo, ND; Bonus Sons Joshua (Kelli) Bruhn, Rapid City, SD; Jarvis Bruhn, Rapid City, SD; Bonus Daughter Jhonda Bruhn, Belle Fourche, SD; Grandchildren Myles, Kailyn, Kylen, Cambria, Carter, Dayne, Alexis, Jace, Kadence, Amari; Granddog Hank George; Brothers Dean Weigel, Bismarck, ND; Robert Weigel, Mandan, ND; Shawn (Jenn) Weigel, Minot, ND; sister, Renee (Wayne) Klabunde, Garrison, ND; Special Sisters (Smile you know who you are and were loved so very much); Many, many close friends and beloved extended family members.

Preceded in Death by:  Birth parents Donald Weigel and Lila Weigel; Mom Adelaide Brunsell Waller; Brother Stewart Weigel; Favorite Uncle Vernon Weigel and numerous others she all loved dearly.


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Was friends with Debbie all through school at White Shield. We rode the bus together for 11 years. Debbie was always full of life, happy and smiled all the time. We lost touch of each other, but, Debbie’s birthday was on January 4th, and I would think of her every January, and hope that she was well and happy. Now, I know that you are in God’s hands and are happy and loved. See you when I get there.

Joy and Jason
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom.

My heart goes out to you all. Jason and Joy and kiddos, you were Deb’s absolute pride and joy. I can hear her voice always speaking of you and laughing. I haven’t seen her in a few years but she will forever be a fond friend memory…..sometimes a little crazy which makes me smile right now and sad that I haven’t been in her presence. Today I will remember and smile. I have a really big hug saved up for you Jason….❤️❤️

I’ve many times over the years wondered where you were in life after losing touch after your senior year of high school in Makoti at North Shore High. I only got to know you that year you were a senior but you were always such a good friend with an amazing personality. I remember that you were an excellent basketball player. Reading your obituary made me feel like you had lots of love in your life, something I feel really matters. My sympathy goes out to your entire family.

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Debbie was the time of person you just liked; she was friendly, lively and sometimes full of heck! I am very happy that my son Elliot became good friends with Debbie and Jeff–good people!
When the intense feeling of loss subsides a little bit remember Debbie’s addictive smile and smile back. Denise Charging-Bercier

Debbie was a dear dear friend and coworker for many years. She had the best laugh and was so loving and kind and always willing to share her mints :). She was always up for some shenanigans. She loved her family and talked about your visits Joy, Jason and Myles and Kailyn with much love. Jeff, you were truly the love of her life. She was so happy and content on the farm. I have so many Debbie memories and I treasure each one. Until we meet again my friend………