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Debra 'Debbie' Holwegner

September 20, 1954 May 26, 2023
Debra 'Debbie' Holwegner
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Debra Elizabeth Holwegner (Debbie, Deb), born on September 20, 1954, left this earth to be in heaven on May 26, 2023. Debbie was diagnosed with cancer in November 2014, and she fought very hard to beat the odds of the doctor’s estimated six months to live. She passed away peacefully with family members at her side while staying at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, waiting for a second liver transplant. Her first liver transplant was in August of 2022, which was given graciously by her younger daughter, Jessica. Debbie stayed positive and smiling for the duration of her many treatments.

Debbie was happily married to Don Holwegner, who was her best friend, supporter, and soulmate. They were married in 1995 and have been happy ever since, doing almost everything together and spending as much time with family as possible. They raised four children together since 1995. Debbie is survived by her four children and ten grandchildren. Her oldest son Jason Hegg is married to Chelsy Hegg, and they have six children, Kayley, Kaitlyn, Jackson, Natalie, Cash, and Noelle. Chelle White is second oldest, who is married to Matt White, and they have two children, Gracie and Dawson. Jessica Hegg is her younger daughter who is married to James Kunesh, who have two children, Jaxon and Ruby. Debbie’s youngest son is Nicholas Hegg.

Debbie went to heaven to be with her parents, Wilbur (Web) and Loreen Anderson. She is survived by her five brothers, Mike (and Carol), Dennis (and Paulette), Larry (and Paula), Peter (and Jean), and Mark Anderson. Debbie grew up in Nekoosa, WI. She was mostly a tomboy who spent a lot of time hunting, fishing, and helping with carpentry with her dad and climbing trees and throwing a football with her brothers. Yet she also spent a lot of time with her mother, usually helping her cook for the large family.

Her love for family was very evident. Debbie and Don had family dinners almost every Sunday with the children and grandchildren. Debbie enjoyed many road trips with Don around the beautiful state of Montana, sometimes taking their off-road side-by-side to find peace in the mountains. Debbie enjoyed camping on the weekends during the summer months. Debbie’s smile and nurturing heart was felt by everyone she met. Her children say that their mom always showed them a loving smile with open ears and open arms, telling them to never give up, no matter how hard the circumstances. Debbie was very supportive of her children, like Jason’s passion for bow hunting and the outdoors, Chelle’s love for horses and life on the farm, Jess’ journey in singing and guitar playing, and Nick’s dedication to hunting and work. Debbie also seemed to find a way to express humor in a situation as well, one time even showing her family her famous “washing machine” dance that will never be forgotten.

The family is having a memorial service at First Lutheran Church in Bozeman, MT on Monday June 19, 2023 at 1:00 PM. They want to tell everyone who was blessed to know Debbie that they are welcome to attend. Following the service there will be a casual get together at their home, 2440 Heeb Road in Manhattan, MT for friends and family to have food, drinks, and share loving stories about such an amazing woman.

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Memorial Service




1:00 PM 6/19/2023 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 6/19/2023 2:00:00 PM
First Lutheran Church

225 South Black Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715

Reception to follow at Donny and Deb's home, 2440 Heeb Rd, Manhattan

First Lutheran Church
225 South Black Avenue Bozeman 59715 MT
United States

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