Deborah “Debbie” Tenney-DeLeu, 56

Deborah “Debbie” Tenney-DeLeu, age 56, of Vandalia, died peacefully Sunday, November 27, 2022 in the comfort of her family’s presence.

Her life began December 5, 1965 in Harbour City, California, born to parents Mike Rupert and Dorothy Johnson.

Deborah Ann devoted her life to being a caregiver. She graduated from the nursing program at Bethel College and went on to become an oncology nurse to help save and comfort cancer victims.  She enjoyed spending her free time with Doug and her beloved chocolate lab, Josie Wales, on the boat at the lake house they shared.

Deborah will be greatly missed by family and friends.  She is survived by her life companion and husband of seventeen years, Douglas DeLeu of Vandalia; her father, Mike Rupert of Brookings, Oregon; her sister, Michelle (Kurt) Teachenor of Sparks, Nevada; two nieces, Lilli and Agnes; stepson, Jake Crawford; and a host of nieces and nephews, that she adored with all her heart.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Doug would like to thank his sister-in-law, Michelle, her husband Kurt, his father-in-law, Mike, his sisters Janice, Becky, Jennifer, and his mother, Barbara for being by her side throughout her battle, which she handled courageously and with grace.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Deborah’s life at a later time and on a later date, to be announced.

The family prefers contributions in memory of Deborah be made to the Breast Cancer Foundation – Susan G. Komen West Michigan, 3949 Sparks Drive Southwest, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546-6110.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner Family Funerals Connelly Chapel, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.

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