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Debra Marie

Rickaby, Debra M.
(nee Feare) Went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, age 61 years. Wife of David J. Rickaby. Mother of Teresa (Scott) Jacobi and Joseph (Sarah) Rickaby. Grandmother of “My darling boys” Nathan, Joshua, Benjamin and Samuel Jacobi and Jacob Rickaby and “Princess” Leanna Rickaby. Daughter of Robert and the late Margaret Feare. Sister of Sharon (Richard) Winkler, the late Jane Feare, Jack (MaryAnn) Feare and David (Judith) Feare. Sister-in-law of Duane and Roxanne Rickaby and Diane Rickaby. Dear friend of Debbie, Dave and Mary, Josie and Dennis, George and Rita, Tim and Linda and Tom and Beth. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday October 26, from 3:00 PM until 6:30 PM at ZION EV. LUTHERAN SCHOOL, 3600 S. Chicago Rd. South Milwaukee, with a memorial service to follow.

Debbie was always proud of her husband, kids and grandkids. She worked for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare for over 30 years and loved many of her co-workers dearly. She was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church for over 35 years. She loved her church and was proud of her faith. Debbie was loved by many. Her infectious laugh filled many rooms.

Special Thank you to Dr. Saeian and the Froedtert transplant team.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church New Building Fund appreciated.

Past Comments


my favorite boss!! Deb hired me to the CVICU at St. Francis. She was so sweet and always had time for me. My thoughts are with her family!

Nancy Campbell

I worked with Deb many years ago at St. Francis Hospital, and always remember her positive attitude and how she was always so quick to laugh and enjoy the moment! My sympathies to her family.

Nancy Campbell

Mary Worley

My sympathy to all her family. I had the pleasure of working with her for many years and she truly was a blessing to anyone who enjoyed that privilege. I’m sure she was welcomed with open ar
ms in heaven.

Kathy Guyer

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Debbie. I always enjoyed working with her on 3 West. She was always positive in her outlook on life. We would share stories all the time about our families and most time would end up laughing which always made the day go quicker. I know she had a strong faith and I’m sure she was welcomed with open arms. You will be greatly missed.

Eunice Walker

Deb Rickaby was one of my favorite people at St. Francis. I met her in the first week I started at St. Francis in 2006. She treated me and everyone else like they were special to her. She had such a loving heart and personality that she so easily conveyed to everyone who she got to know. She was the example for me, about how we should all treat each other. She will be missed. She has left a legacy of love. I know she is in heaven now and at peace. I wish her family comfort in knowing that Deb touched so many people and she will not be forgotten.
Eunice Walker (former Pharmacy Director-St. Francis Hospital)

Linda Evy Bush

I had the privilege of knowing Debra at Wisco. The 4 years were wonderful happy years. Her laugh became so infectious. We both talked about becoming nurses and so we did. I’m sure her co workers and patients fell in love with her as her friends did at Wisco. God Bless her family and friends in this time of her passing.

Sheila Gansemer

I am saddened by Deb’s passing, but I know she had found peace. My memories of Deb surround her passions: for patients, for quality and for the team. Forever the cheerleader to rally the troops around an improvement or an activity. Deb came in to work during a snowstorm and volunteered to answer phones on the unit because another staff member could not make it in. I learned a lot from Deb’s leadership, always doing what was needed, without ever having to be asked!

Sheila Gansemer

Barb Janusiak

My sympathy to Debbie’s family on her loss. Before I knew I Debbie I knew her mother, Marge Feare. She was a big part of my orientation as a new Grad., at St. Francis Hospital, in 1976. She had many stories of her children but especially her daughter Debbie who was inspired by her mother to choose nursing as her passion.

After Debbie started working at St. Francis I had the pleasure of orienting her and would say, often, this is what your mom taught me. I worked with Debbie on the general units, in ICU, in the Union and then later with Debbie as my boss. We had the occasion of traveling together with nursing work and union work, in an effort to make our nursing careers the best that it could be. It was only fitting that she ended her Nursing career working for quality in healthcare.

We will all miss Debbie’s infectious laugh.


Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the entire Rickaby family. Debbie will always be remembered for her kindness and bright smile. We pray your memories and your faith carry you in the difficult days ahead as you face life without her. God Bless and hold you all in his care. Jim & Kathy Stone

Nancy Murphy

My deepest sympathies to Deb’s family. I had the privilege to have been trained by Deb at St. Francis Hospital 30 years ago. I was a very young nurse and learned so much from her. I considered Deb a friend and still remember how much her family and faith meant to her. Deb was such a kind and compassionate person who touched many lives and I know she will be greatly missed.
You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Murphy

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