Debra L. Walz, 60, of Lincoln, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.
Celebration of life will
be 2-5 pm Sat., Sept. 27, Antlers Center, 2501 South St., Lincoln. No visitation. Condolences to www.aspenaftercare.com
Debra L. Walz:
Debra L. Walz, of
Lincoln, NE, passed away after battling cancer on Wednesday September 17th
surrounded by her family.
She was born February 17, 1954 in Omaha, NE
to Harold (Jake) and Jeanette (Jen) Wattles (Johnson). She grew up in Friend,
NE, Walnut, IA, and Lincoln, NE. She graduated from Lincoln High in 1972, and
attended the University of Nebraska. She became a Certified Alcoholism and Drug
Counselor (CADAC) and worked for Houses of Hope, the Independence Center, and
St. Monica's. Later she worked as a lactation consultant for MilkWorks and
spoiling babies for Fingerprints Child Care. She was a member of Golden Retriever
Rescue In Nebraska, where she was a board member and evaluated new homes for
rescued goldens. She was a group leader for La Leche Leauge, and a member of
The Write Stuff poetry and writing group. She was a friend of Bill W. for 35
years, and a member of Alanon and Alateen. She was a published poet with the
Plain Song Review, read her poetry at the South Mill, and an abstract artist
who was featured at The Crescent Moon in 2013. She was an avid gardener who
loved roses and lilacs, and loved spending time on her deck with her goldens.
She married Daniel J. Walz on December 6th,
1980, and they were married for nearly 34 years. They had four daughters and
two sons. She loved spending time with her family, watching movies or football,
and especially taking trips to her spiritual home at Longs Peak in Rocky
Mountain National Park. She enjoyed drinking coffee with friends and sharing
with them on Facebook.
Her creativity, inspirational attitude,
beautiful compassionate soul, and joy for life will be missed dearly by all of
her family and friends. She left us beautiful memories, her love is still our
guide, although we cannot see her, she'll be forever by our side.
One of Deb's favorite poems...
The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall
into the grass, how to kneel down in the
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll
through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your
one wild and precious life?
Deb is survived by
her husband, Dan, her children, Casey Ketterer and husband Jason (Omaha, NE),
Erin Kavan-Spiegel (Denver, CO), Andrew Walz and wife Cara (Lincoln, NE),
Samantha Walz (Lincoln, NE), and her goldens Sasha and Gunner. She was also
survived by her sisters Melanie Stubblefield, Judy Donald, and Debbie Rene
Cheever all of Lincoln. She had 9 grandchildren, Dylan, Grant, and Carter Spiegel
of Denver, CO, Colin, Garrett, and Easton Ketterer of Omaha, NE, and Sydney,
Jackson, and Emma Walz of Lincoln, NE. Preceded in death by her parents Jake
and Jen Wattles, daughter Lindsey Kate Walz, son Christian Marcus Walz, and her
beloved dogs, Woita, Shammy, Max, Sophie, and Selka.