Debra Lee Seeba, 59, of Fergus Falls

Published 9:34am Friday, October 12, 2012 Updated 11:38am Friday, October 12, 2012

Debra Seeba, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, at her home. She was born June 18, 1953, in Hayward, Calif., the daughter of Maxine Benson and James Winans.

She married Vern Schmidt in 1969 in St. Paul. In 1981 she married John Seeba in Fergus Falls.

Debra was a Mother, Nature Supervisor and Caretaker hired by God, housewife and caretaker. She worked at the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, the Park County Check Station as a Ranch hand in Montana and at Lenny’s Dance Barn.

Throughout her life, Deb enjoyed many different activities, but dancing was her top favorite. She also enjoyed trap shooting, hunting, snowmobiling, fishing, camping and many outdoor activities. She thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of nature and all the critters out in the wild and loved to feed, photograph and video tape them.

She was a true animal lover and had many, many wonderful pets throughout her life. She also had a “way” with animals and if they needed help, they somehow found their way to her door for her to love them and care for them.

Deb was a true gift to all who knew her. She had a heart for giving and caring for those who were less fortunate and loved them for exactly who they were. Her laugh and energy were very contagious and she knew how to make everyone feel welcome and special. Dale, her family, kids and grandchildren were her “heart”.

Preceding her in death were her sister, Linda Amador, her father, James Winans, and her brother, Richard Winans.

Survivors include Dale Tjaden, her companion of 16 years; her son, William (Desiree) Schmidt; her daughter, Lori (Spencer) Knisely; five grandchildren: Shayla, Jody, Andrew, Karin and Emily; her mother, Maxine Cleveland, and step-father, Melvin Cleveland; her sister, Lori Cramer; cousin, Nancy Phillips; and nieces and nephews: Becky Winans, Chrissy Bolduc, Tiffany Cramer, Sean Cramer, Felice Tafoya, Andy Amador and Jennifer Amador-Harbaugh.

There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls with Reverend Darrin Olson officiating. There will be an appreciation gathering following the service at approximately 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. at the Fergus Falls VFW Post 612. Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls is in charge of the arrangements.


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