Eagle Bridge- Deborah Roseanne Dearstyne, 60, of Eagle Bridge, NY passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, June 5th surrounded by her beloved family after a brief yet valiant battle with cancer.
Deb was born in Frankfurt, Germany to Mamie (LoPresti) & David Dearstyne while her father was stationed in the military there. From childhood on she resided in or around Cambridge, NY & attended Cambridge High School. Deb was passionate about her lifelong career as a nurse, receiving her RN degree from Southern Vermont College & recently her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of New York-Stony Brook, of which she & her family were very proud. She was employed as an OR nurse at SVMC & relished her job & her fellow SVMC family.
Deb loved spending her weekends camping with friends & family, taking long motorcycle rides with her husband, adventurous travel and spending time at her pool relaxing and watching her grandkids swim. Her four sons & their families were her greatest joys & she was always front & center in supporting them & their children. She always had room for one more at her table, was rarely seen without her trademark smile and touched more people with her grace as a caregiver in both her personal & professional lives than can ever be counted.
She is survived by her mother, Mamie Dearstyne, of Cambridge, NY, with whom she shared a special bond, her husband, Leigh Hawkins, of Eagle Bridge, NY; her four sons, Steven (Lauryn) Dearstyne of Guilderland, NY, Daniel (Erica) Dearstyne of Arlington, VT, Derek (Tina) Dearstyne of Greenwich, NY & Adam (Courtney) Dearstyne of Cambridge, NY; her three brothers, David (Carla) Dearstyne of Fort Worth, TX, Michael (Karla) Dearstyne of Elmhurst, IL & Andrew (Cara) Dearstyne of Argyle, NY; her grandchildren Wiley, Mason, Gia, Gracie, Lilliana & Tyler Dearstyne, Jackson Hagadorn & Shaymus Willette, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues & friends. She was preceded in death by her father, David Dearstyne, Sr.
Calling hours will be at the Ackley, Ross & Gariepy Funeral Home, 73 West Main St. in Cambridge, NY on Thursday, June 11th from 3-7 PM, followed by a private service. A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 12th at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Cambridge, NY at 11 AM, followed by a private reception. A celebration of life to include all that loved Deb is being planned for a later date.
Those attending the services are required to follow social distancing guidelines.
A memorial scholarship fund is being established by her family to benefit students pursuing a career in nursing. In the meantime, donations can be made to the Helen Dixon Kunzelmann Nurse Scholar Program at SVMC in lieu of flowers.
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