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Bisch Funeral Home

2931 South Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL

OBITUARY

Deborah A. “Debbie” Wilbern

December 7, 1952November 15, 2019
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Deborah A. “Debbie” Wilbern, 66, of Petersburg, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019 at her home. She was born on December 7, 1952 in Rushville, Illinois to Samuel and Elizabeth Black Gain. Debbie married Robert Wilbern on August 18, 1973 in Bushnell, Illinois.

Debbie is survived by her husband “Dr.” Bob Wilbern of Petersburg, four children: Rob (Courtney) Wilbern of Springfield, Mike (Kristen) Wilbern of Chatham, Brian Wilbern of Springfield and Christina Wilbern of Chicago, four grandchildren: Ashton Wilbern, Kadi Wilbern, Jaden Snodgrass and Avery Wilbern, two brothers: Gary Gain and Bill Gain, one sister-in-law Sandy Gain and Brian’s beloved Golden Doodle Benz who was her buddy. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter Elizabeth Santina Wilbern.

Debbie met her future husband Bob while attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale when he asked to “borrow a pencil” during class. She worked for Horace Mann for 43 years retiring as an IT Manager. Debbie loved to cook and bake, and was well known for her cupcakes and sugar cookies. Her love for international travel resulted in Debbie visiting over 15 countries. Debbie played the organ for over 40 years and often referred to herself as the unofficial president of the Barry Manilow Fan Club. She also loved listening to Michael Bublé.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00am on Saturday November 23, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1345 North Sixth Street in Springfield. The family is hosting a memorial gathering from 12:00pm until 3:30pm Saturday at Erin’s Pavilion, 4965 South Second Street, Springfield. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com.

Services

  • Memorial Mass Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, November 23, 2019

Memories

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Kathy and Sylvan Knobloch

November 21, 2019

Brian,
We were saddened to hear about your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Jo Hays

November 19, 2019

Bob and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I went to school with Debbie in Bushnell. She was so very sweet. You and your family will be in my prayers

Terry Henrikson

November 19, 2019

Debbie was a truly warm and caring person and I will always remember her this way. I fondly remember the young woman who showed up at work at Horace Mann. A friend who was genuine and honest and was always there when needed because she cared.

Kendall & Charlot Cole

November 18, 2019

Bob, Mike, Brian, and family, Our sympathy for the loss of your wife and mother. We had never met Debbie, but know from meeting Bob, Mike, and Brian that she was a great lady. May God grant His Peace and Comfort as you share in great memories.

Jerry Mannino

November 18, 2019

Dear Dr. Bob, Mike, Brian and family, I spoke to Mike this morning and was so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She sounded like a wonderful person from what I read in the kind memories other people left. I truly feel like all of you are not only customers but have become friends over the years. My condolence. Jerry Mannino

Gusta Schuchmann

November 16, 2019

Debbie played for us at St Joseph ‘s church. All of us in the choir are thankful for the wonderful music she made. We will miss her. I’m praying that God gives you strenght in this difficult time.

Donna Johnson

November 16, 2019

So very, very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and sympathies are with the Wilbern Family.

Paula Throckmorton

November 16, 2019

I was sorry to read about her passing. My sympathies to the family.

Diana Schoenherr

November 15, 2019

A true friend who considered her illness as an annoying adventure. Debbie was a musician. I will never forget her taking her shoes off and playing the organ petals in her stocking feet. I will miss her with all my heart.

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Biography

Deborah A. “Debbie” Wilbern, 66, of Petersburg, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019 at her home. She was born on December 7, 1952 in Rushville, Illinois to Samuel and Elizabeth Black Gain. Debbie married Robert Wilbern on August 18, 1973 in Bushnell, Illinois.



Debbie is survived by her husband “Dr.” Bob Wilbern of Petersburg, four children: Rob (Courtney) Wilbern of Springfield, Mike (Kristen) Wilbern of Chatham, Brian Wilbern of Springfield and Christina Wilbern of Chicago, four grandchildren: Ashton Wilbern, Kadi Wilbern, Jaden Snodgrass and Avery Wilbern, two brothers: Gary Gain and Bill Gain, one sister-in-law Sandy Gain and Brian’s beloved Golden Doodle Benz who was her buddy. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter Elizabeth Santina Wilbern.



Debbie met her future husband Bob while attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale when he asked to “borrow a pencil” during class. She worked for Horace Mann for 43 years retiring as an IT Manager. Debbie loved to cook and bake, and was well known for her cupcakes and sugar cookies. Her love for international travel resulted in Debbie visiting over 15 countries. Debbie played the organ for over 40 years and often referred to herself as the unofficial president of the Barry Manilow Fan Club. She also loved listening to Michael Bublé.



A memorial mass will be held at 10:00am on Saturday November 23, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1345 North Sixth Street in Springfield. The family is hosting a memorial gathering from 12:00pm until 3:30pm Saturday at Erin’s Pavilion, 4965 South Second Street, Springfield. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com.