Debra “Debbie” Didier, age 66, of Port Washington, WI, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Kathy Hospice in West Bend, WI.

She was born on July 5, 1954 in Port Washington; daughter of Leonard and Ella Last Didier.  A lifelong resident of the City, Debbie graduated from Port Washington High School.  She would work a variety of jobs throughout her life, but most important was the loving care she provided for her dear arents.  Since their deaths, Debbie had worked at the Harbor Campus and in other caregiving roles.  More often than not, Debbie could be found at the Port Washington Senior Center where she has been a member and volunteer for many years.  She has enjoyed many events and the friendships they bring. She will be remembered for her many deeds and actions of kindness over the years to friends and strangers alike.

Debbie spent her quiet time writing poetry and short stories.  She enjoyed nature and photography, taking her camera everywhere.  Recently she missed going to the movies, but relished the old ones on TV.  She also missed her lunches with friends but participated through the senior center to remain social this past year.  Ceramics were another hobby she enjoyed.  Debbie would assist new comers to the craft and had shown her work in Ceramics, Photography, and Poetry at the Ozaukee County Fair.

In the past, Debbie was a Sunday school teacher.  She even traveled to Australia to meet a pen pal.  She also enjoyed traveling with her parents around the US.  

Debbie is survived by her brother Richard “Dick” (Phyllis) Didier of Cedarburg, brother-in-law Warren Lemke of West Bend, nieces, nephews, other relatives and the many friends and acquaintances at the senior center and the city.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Norma “Joyce” Lemke, Bernice Nault and Dorothy Nothem, her brothers Philip, Robert Didier and his wife Lorraine.

Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon, Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the POOLE FUNERAL HOME /Crematory, 203 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, WI. Pastor Brandon Lemons of Friedens Church will preside.  Interment will take place at Union Cemetery, Port Washington, WI.  Visitation from 11-12 Noon Saturday prior to services.

Memorials to the friends of the Port Washington Senior Center or Friedens Church appreciated.



  1. I was a 2nd or 3rd cousin to Debbie.I lost touch with her and just today found this obit. She was a very kind person. In earlier days we got together in Port Washington and hung around talking for hours. I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing.

  2. Today, June 11th, I just found out about Debbie’s passing. I was so saddened. We had been enjoying sharing emails the last several months, until she became sick in Dec. She truly cared about others, and will be sorely missed! God bless her.

  3. Phyllis and Dick,
    I am very saddened to hear about the passing Debbie. I knew Debbie for many years. I met her when I worked at the library. She was always very sweet to me and loved to share her writings and her latest craft projects. She will be missed in Port. Love and sympathies to you both. Love, Shannon Shaurette

  4. I’ve known Debbie since 7th grade. She was such a gentle soul with a delightful laugh and a smile for everyone. Her deep faith earned her a place in Heaven.

  5. I knew Debbie through my work at the Port Washington Senior Center; her kindness was so genuine. We had shared Christmas gifts, a few cards, and many conversations.
    I remember one time we were both leaving the center at the same time. It was dark out and I locked the front door after she left, I went out the back door only to find her waiting for me in her car to make sure I was safe. Such kindness is so touching and I will remember this act very fondly.
    I will miss you Debbie; hope you are at peace.

  6. I am so sad . Debbie and i became friends through the port Sr center. We often played two person Mexican train and enjoyed going to lunch. I still have the bird she made in ceramics class. She is an Angel looking on us from heaven. Terri Wysocki

  7. To the Family of Debbie Didier,

    Our prayers for Debbie who was their for Uncle Len
    & Aunt Ella until the end. May she be remmbered for
    Her self sacrifice & Love for Her parents!

    From the Family of Larry Didier

  8. My heart aches to hear of the loss of a high school classmate and friend. Deb had a very caring heart and was one of the most kindest and gentlest person I have ever known. She was a good caregiver to her parents. Many memories of Deb and her dog who she trained so well to do tricks. My prayers go out to her family. Rest In Peace Debbie.

  9. My sympathies on Debbie’s passing. She and I were in Confirmation at Friedens church many years ago. I know she was a person of strong Christian faith. Her dedication to her parents in their last years was a sign of her faith and her love. God’s peace to Debbie and to you.

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