Debbie Wanner


Debbie A Wanner, 54, passed away on September 13, 2019, to go live with her heavenly Savior, Jesus Christ.

Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at Bethel Lutheran Church, Bismarck.  Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery following the service.  A visitation will be held on Monday evening from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the church.

Debbie was born in Bismarck, ND on January 17, 1965 to Emil and Pat (Vander Woude) Wanner.  She graduated from Bismarck High School in 1983.

In 1984 she joined the US Navy and served four years as a hospital corpsman.  She was honorably discharged in 1988.

She also was in the North Dakota National Guard and the US Army Reserves.  She was honorably discharged from her services with the Army in 2000.

In 1991 she graduated from Bismarck State College with an Associates of Arts degree in physical education.  In 1994 she graduated from University of Mary with a bachelor’s degree in Art, with a major in social/behavioral science education and a minor in theology.

Debbie had a very happy childhood, she enjoyed playing with her neighborhood friends, many who she went to school with.  She was proficient in art and enjoyed drawing, painting and making stained-glass windows.

She and her dad enjoyed going to high school football games, the St. Mary’s Carnival, Folkfest, and going to Mandan on the 4th of July to have pancakes and watching the parade.

In 2002, she was hired by the US Department of Agriculture where she worked until she got sick in 2017.  Counting her service in the Navy, she had 19 years with the Federal government.

She was a pet lover and had many pets throughout her life.  At the time of her death she had 2 cats, Fred and Molly, and 2 dogs, Baxter and Peaches.

In her lifetime she had many visits to the Mayo Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital and many surgeries.  She suffered from severe pain and prayed her Heavenly Father would take her home and end the pain.

She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and was blessed to have all the members support her through prayer.  Debbie was also blessed to have many friends and family looking out for her and giving her love and support.

Debbie is survived by her father, Emil; sister, Lycrecia; niece, Nicole and nephew, David.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Pat Wanner; Grandfathers, Kelly Vander Woude and John D. Wanner; and grandmothers, Leah Wanner (Hochhalter) and Lorriane Wilson.

Her battle is over & she fought a good fight all the way to the end.

Darby Volk
Hi! I only knew Deb a little. I was a camper at Elks Camp Grassic when she was a staff. Was a favorite one of mine too who was always so joyful. May she rest in peace! Fly high with the angels2019-09-14 01:34:10
Betty Binder
I worked with Debbie several times at BSC in the Book Store. She was always such a Happy person and fun to be around. I would also see her around Bismarck with her Dad. It was a Pleasure to have known her. Condolences to her Father and rest of Family. RIP Debbie..2019-09-14 08:29:12
Becky Pack
Debbie was one of my best friends. She will be missed so much. Over the years we’ve made such good memories working together at BSC, going out for dinner and drinks and having lunch together from time to time. Our favorite place to meet was China Star. We had the best talks, I will miss her. Rest In Peace Debbie ❤️2019-09-14 08:52:50
Lawrence Raile
Emil, I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter. I did not know her but I know you as a friend. May God bless you.2019-09-14 10:38:15
Mary Ann Weigel
Clarence and I are so sorry to hear of Debbie’s death. We saw her many times at Mayo Clinic. A braver person we have not met. We will miss her bright smile and joyful demeanor. God bless you, Emil, and Lucretia. Clarence Wanner and Mary Ann Weigel2019-09-14 11:07:19
Michelle Jenks
I can just imagine Debbie singing with the angels in her heavenly home. It was a joy to sing with her in choir and to be blessed to have her as a friend. May God grant comfort and peace to her family and friends. We love you Debbie!2019-09-14 14:39:57
David Berger
We will miss you Debbie Rest IN PEACE2019-09-14 22:38:05
Kathy Kuntz
I knew Debbie at Hughes Jr High – so many years ago! Debbie introduced me to the music of West Side Story, really scary movies, and ways to find joy in every day life. Debbie and I reconnected in recent years and it really was like no time had passed – we laughed just like old times. Debbie was such a positive force – I will miss her energy and optimism. My deepest sympathies for your loss.2019-09-15 10:11:24
Jerry Herrmann
I knew Debbie from also being a member at Bethel Lutheran Church and also her father Emil – we are both former members of Zion Lutheran. While I did not know her real well, I did know of her situation. I felt a kinship for her since we both served in the ND Army National Guard. I was amazed by Debbie’s friendly and cheerful personality through her suffering. She was a beautiful example of positive thinking and attitude and above all a splendid witness for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Enter into the Kingdom thou good and faithful servant!2019-09-16 00:14:02
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