×

Kriegshauser Mortuary-West Chapel

9450 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO

OBITUARY

Debi "DeeDee" Calhoun

November 23, 1952January 16, 2020

Calhoun, Debra Pritchard, MTASCP, passed peacefully into Christ’s Resurrection on January 16, 2020 at the age of 67 surrounded by her loving family.

Debra was born November 23, 1952, to Wanda Josephine (Née Oczachowski) and Richard Bond “Dik” Pritchard in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Known as ‘Debi’ to family and friends, and “DeeDee” to her grandchildren, she married the love of her life, Thomas William Calhoun, Sr. on October 8, 1977. Tom and Debi reared three loving children in Des Peres. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Tom of 42 years and their children; Thomas William Calhoun, Jr and the best daughter-in-law Emily (née Buck), Erin Elizabeth Meckfessel (née Calhoun) and the best son-in-law Douglas, and Mary Catherine Calhoun; her five beautiful Calhoun grandchildren, Desmond Dennis, Henrik William, Felix Christopher, Josephine Mae, and Juliette Marie. Debi is also survived by her loving sister Pamela Matiovics and her half-sister, Penelope Sue Hase and Aunt Evelyn Graben, as well as many loved in-laws and a bevy of nieces & nephews.

Debi attended The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater earning a degree in Medical Technology. Debi commenced her medical career with Milwaukee’s Deaconess Hospital and later moved to Homewood, Illinois, in 1975 where she worked at St. James Hospital. Debi first volunteered and then was employed by St. John’s Mercy as a phlebotomist, helping save and treat countless lives.

Debi volunteered extensively in many organizations throughout her lifetime, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Susan G Komen Foundation, and the Forsythia Garden Club. Debi held presidency of the Mother’s Club at St. Joseph’s Academy and an active member of Chaminade Prep and Ursuline Academies.

Always on the move, Debi enjoyed playing golf, tennis, gardening, playing Mah-jongg and traveling internationally as a couple. But nothing beat time spent with her family. Debi was an avid Cardinal fan as well as a proud “One Share” owner of the Green Bay Packers. GO PACK GO!

Services: Friends may greet the family on Monday, January 27 at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church, 401 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 63131, from 10:00 am until time of funeral Mass at 11:00 am. Interment St. Peter's Cemetery, Kirkwood, MO.

Memorials to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul appreciated.

  • FAMILY

  • Richard Bond Pritchard, Father (deceased)
  • Wanda Oczachowski Pritchard, Mother (deceased)
  • Thomas William Calhoun, Sr., Spouse
  • Thomas W. Calhoun, Jr. (Emily), Son
  • Erin Calhoun Meckfessel (Douglas), Daughter
  • Mary Catherine Calhoun, Daughter
  • Pamela Pritchard Matiovics, Sister
  • Penelope Sue Hase, Half Sister
  • Five beautiful Calhoun grandchildren, Desmond Dennis, Henrik William, Felix Christopher, Josephine Mae, and Juliette Marie. Our dear niece, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend to many.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Interment of Cremains Monday, January 27, 2020

Memories

Debi "DeeDee" Calhoun

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Julie Van Etten

January 30, 2020

Dear Tom and family,
Freddy and I are so saddened that Debi’s life was cut short and that she isn’t with you except in spirit. She was one of the most delightful ladies who had a great zest for life, and made everyone smile. I’ll cherish the times she and I spent together golfing at Norwood, cheering on the Cardinals, or taking cooking classes.
Thinking of you with love,
Unruly Julie and Freddy Van Etten

Sarah & Marcel Mueller

January 27, 2020

Our hearts are with you all today as you remember Debi and celebrate her life. We will remember her warmth, love and beautiful smile.

Trish Waldman

January 27, 2020

Debi was a beautiful lady on the inside as well as the out. She will be so missed by all that loved her. I consider it a privilege to have known Debi. Sending love and prayers from Texas.

Barbara Abbett

January 25, 2020

Dear friend Debi will be missed. So many fond memories from golfing, Mahjong and sharing lots of stories and laughs. Debi is beautiful inside and out - one of the kindest women I have ever known who lived her life with so much grace and love. Tom and family, you will remain in my prayers. With Deep Sympathy, Barb Abbett

Julie Lahr

January 20, 2020

To the Calhoun family - My heart is broken to hear of Mrs. Calhoun's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Heaven gained a wonderful Angel. She will be missed.
Julie Lahr
Jame, Sammi & Kiley Shawver

JACKIE Stege

January 18, 2020

Debi and I met through her very close friend Tara I was the trainer and spent many hours at Taras and Debi's working out. She was always so happy and positive! Im so saddened by her passing may she rest in peace:(

Anne Stream

January 18, 2020

Thank you Debbie for being the kind, loving neighbor and always being their for The Stream Family! Your love, strength, and faith in the Lord, gave us strength and faith in him! May God grant your family the strength and guidance they need now that you have entered his kingdom!

Anne, Dougie, Joanie, Philip Stream

Our new Angel in Heaven is Debbie!

Jo DiSalvo

January 18, 2020

I didn't really know Debi all that well, but when I think of her, I think of a smile that would light up the room.

I'm so sorry for your loss, but one of these days, you'll be able to look back and the tears you have now, will be replaced by a slow grin and wonderful memories.

Sue Reed

January 18, 2020

Members of Forsythia Garden Club join so many others in mourning the loss of Debi. A very active member and past President, we were honored by her friendship and enthusiasm. Her beautiful garden welcomed us on many occasions - as it also welcomed birds, bees and butterflies. Her green thumb joined her fabulous cooking and baking skills. Who can forget her beautifully decorated butterfly cookies! She will be missed forever.

Jane Rebholz

January 18, 2020

Your beautiful, bright smile always lit up the room! What fun we had at Dance Club and the Lake. Always enjoyed seeing you annually at Kathy’s and hearing about your wonderful family. You will be forever missed. RIP Debbie

FROM THE FAMILY