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Kaul Funeral Home

28433 Jefferson Ave, St. Clair Shores, MI

OBITUARY

Debra Ann Bell

22 February, 19536 January, 2020
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On Monday January 6, 2020, Debra Ann Bell of St. Clair Shores passed away at age 66. She leaves behind her mother Rosemary Meinke, son Christopher Bell (Melissa), son Michael Bell, brother William C. (Gloria) Meinke, grandsons Michael and Andrew, Nieces Ashleigh and Gabrielle. She was preceded in death by her father William F. Meinke.

Debra was born and raised in St. Clair Shores, MI. She graduated Lakeview High School in 1971. Debra became a mother at age 30 and again 2 years later. Her sons, grandsons and Irish Setters were a huge part of her life, and she centered most of her time around them.

Debra was a talented photographer. This started out as a hobby, and she more recently photographed for several prestigious organizations including the Michigan Humane Society, Children’s Hospital, Karmanos Cancer Institute and several others. She owned many Irish Setters over her lifetime and had a passion for dogs, but this breed in particular. She loved traveling to Northern Michigan and was an avid bargain shopper.

Debra was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She will be missed greatly by many.

Visitation Thursday January 9 at 3 p.m. in Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores. Funeral service will be in the funeral home at 7 p.m. that night.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to The Irish Setter Club of America Foundation. http://iscafoundation.org/

  • FAMILY

  • Rosemary Meinke, Mother
  • Christopher (Melissa) Bell, Son
  • Michael Bell, Son
  • William C. (Gloria) Meinke, Brother
  • And also grandsons Michael and Andrew, Nieces- Ashleigh and Gabrielle. She was preceded in death by her father William F. Meinke.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, 9 January , 2020
  • Funeral Thursday, 9 January , 2020

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Kathy Wilczynski

11 February 2020

It is with great sadness I have just learned of Debras passing. We worked together for a short time when she worked at Macy’s. Rest In Peace Debra , my condolences for family, she loved her boys so much! 💕

Gina Hayes

10 January 2020

This is such an odd day of feelings. Today is your funeral but you are already up in Heaven. I had just lost Madeline and then you passed away. I really thought you would make it, I did.
We became close friends about 3 years ago. Sometimes we would talk as much as twice daily - usually while I was on the road between training lessons.
In the past year the changes in you became more pronounced. Till you said you were in such pain you couldn’t stand it any more. I told you “Get to the Hospital.” I told you if you were in that much pain then there was definitely something wrong no matter what the doctor said. You got angry with me but I was frustrated because I had been listening and listening and couldn’t do anything from where I lived.
I never in 1 million years, thought this would be the way it would work out. We laughed, we shared so much enjoyment for a mutual friend MB, we enjoyed a mutual conservative political bend, We talked about families, children and friends, and of course our red dogs and all of the others!
We talked about men and how we didn’t wind up with the Prince riding up on the white horse, but that we had certainly known some great men in our lives!
At one point before things began to spiral downwards, we talked about moving in together as roommates to share the living costs and both working in the dog world. We shared a mutual love of photography.
I will always miss your spirit and love for your family! I will miss the great talks we had. I am glad Riley is in his great home, which is all what everyone wanted!
I will miss you, my friend. May God bless and keep you.

Deborah Borg

9 January 2020

My heart is so sad for the loss of a most beautiful and precious friend. Having never met in person, we shared the love of the Irish Setter, and had many conversations and so enjoyed sharing stories of our dogs. This special lady will be so missed, and has so left a special place in so many of our hearts. My condolences and prayers with her family, and all those who knew her.

Stacey Swoboda

7 January 2020

I met Debra through our mutual love for Irish Setters and although we never met in person, I will miss her. She is gone far too soon from this Earth, but I have zero doubt that she was greeted the Irish Setter way, with unbridled joy and enthusiasm by Mandy and many other beautiful red heads. I send my heartfelt condolences to all who loved her...Godspeed.

Laura Peters

7 January 2020

They say you can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat animals, and Debra was no exception. Though we only knew one another through Facebook's Irish Setter Lovers page, it was clear by the way she adored her reds (and supported the rest of us and our reds) that Debra was a kind, caring, and generous person. The world is surely a little less bright without her in it. My sincere condolences to Debra's family and friends.

Josanne Saint

7 January 2020

My online friend and fellow Irish setter owner. Rest in peace Debra . Much love to you and to your family xxxx

Barbara Aler

7 January 2020

I knew Debra online. Fellow Irish setter owner. My prayers are with the family for this sad time. May she rest in peace with no more pain and may she be hanging out with all those Irish Setters over the bridge.

Scott and Susan Lind

7 January 2020

Debra,
Although we never 'physically' met you on this earth, Susan and I are PROUD to call you a dear friend. Tears flow here in our home since we were told of your passing, we were so excited to be able to meet you and have you visit after you beat this horrible disease. We know you are now pain free and with our Lord, and heaven has gained an amazing soul.
You are and will be missed by so many around our world. RIP dear friend.
On Angels wings.....
Scott & Susan Lind, Graham Washington

Mary Beth Wasuk

7 January 2020

Deb was a great kind hearted loving human being I met her through Irish Setter Lovers we hit it off and was grateful she and her fur baby made the visit to Florida to visit us I will cherish that time together and all our talks Deb will be missed by so many RIP friend Hugs

Melanie Fuelling

7 January 2020

Debra shared a love for irish setters with me and with so many others. She dearly loved her Mandy, who I know she is celebrating a reunion with now, and her Riley, who she loved dearly and who she made sure is in a loving and Kind home. She shared stories of her walks and time spent with them and also spoke often of her love for her grandchildren. She was always so very kind and she will be greatly missed by all her friends she made through her love for setters.

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Biography

On Monday January 6, 2020, Debra Ann Bell of St. Clair Shores passed away at age 66. She leaves behind her mother Rosemary Meinke, son Christopher Bell (Melissa), son Michael Bell, brother William C. (Gloria) Meinke, grandsons Michael and Andrew, Nieces Ashleigh and Gabrielle. She was preceded in death by her father William F. Meinke.

Debra was born and raised in St. Clair Shores, MI. She graduated Lakeview High School in 1971. Debra became a mother at age 30 and again 2 years later. Her sons, grandsons and Irish Setters were a huge part of her life, and she centered most of her time around them.

Debra was a talented photographer. This started out as a hobby, and she more recently photographed for several prestigious organizations including the Michigan Humane Society, Children’s Hospital, Karmanos Cancer Institute and several others. She owned many Irish Setters over her lifetime and had a passion for dogs, but this breed in particular. She loved traveling to Northern Michigan and was an avid bargain shopper.

Debra was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She will be missed greatly by many.

Visitation Thursday January 9 at 3 p.m. in Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores. Funeral service will be in the funeral home at 7 p.m. that night.