Debby D. DeFine
December 19, 1953 ‒ February 18, 2016
Debby D. DeFine, age 62, of Chesterville, entered her eternal home to be with her Lord and Savior, on Thursday, February 18, 2016, following a brief, three-week battle with cancer. Debby was a faithful, loving, caring servant of God who will be greatly missed by her family and many, many dear Christian friends.
On December 19, 1953, Debby was born in Canton, OH, the daughter of the late Vincent O. DeFine and Dorothy J. (Lowe) Hochstetler. She graduated from Hoover High School in North Canton, OH, in the Class of 1971. She furthered her education receiving a Bachelor’s of Performing Arts at Asbury College in KY, and then a Masters in Performing Arts from Florida State University.
Upon completing her college education, Debby moved to New York and worked in public relations at Bank Hapoalim. She also performed in several off-Broadway shows during her time there. She then returned to Ohio and worked as a medical transcriptionist. She spent much of her free time performing in shows with the Akron Opera House and Akron Symphony Chorus.
Debby was an active member of the Batemantown United Methodist Church, serving as Lay Leader and Director of the Children’s Ministry. Debby was a wonderful role model to the young people of the church. Her faith, music ministry, outgoing personality and contagious laugh touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.
Debby cherished the many summers she spent at Camp Sychar in Mount Vernon, where she started going as an 8 year old girl.
She published her first book last year, “Snapshots From My Visit To Planet Earth.” Debby did believe that laughter was the best medicine.
Debby is survived by her mother, Dorothy Hochstetler; an aunt, Donna Hentschel; and numerous precious, dear cousins and friends.
Debby’s family will greet friends from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the Batemantown United Methodist Church, 7974 Yankee St., Fredericktown, OH 43019. Services to celebrate and honor her life will follow at 3:30 p.m. with Pastor David Spaulding officiating. Burial will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2016 at Paradise Church of the Brethren Cemetery, 3000 Apple Creek Rd., Smithville, OH 44677.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805 www.hospiceofnorthcentralohio.org or to a mission she lovingly supported, West African Education and Medical Mission, Inc., 2509 W. Sylvania Ave. Suite 13, Toledo, OH 43613 www.waemm.com.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Debby’s family, and your condolences and special memories may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.
Celebrate me Home,
Celebrate me There,
Celebrate me in that Land of Wonder,
Where nothing can compare.
Celebrate me in that Place,
Celebrate me Saved by Grace,
Don’t just sit and weep because I’m gone,
Celebrate me Home.