Deborah P. Wiacek
October 27, 1942 – August 24, 2019
Deborah P. Wiacek passed away at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center of RI on August 24, 2019 after a brief illness.
She was a daughter of the late Dr. Gordon Carver Pratt and Marjorie (Damon) Pratt. Born in Springfield, MA and raised in Longmeadow, MA where she was educated in the public school system. She matriculated at UMass Amherst where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1964.
It was at UMass that she met the man to whom she would eventually be married for more than 52 years, her loving husband, Edward. She also leaves two sons, Matthew (Leah) and her much adored grandson, Gordon and Stephen (Amanda). She is survived by her sister Alison (Evans) of Doylestown, PA and pre-deceased by her sister Linda (Drummey) of Longmeadow, MA. She also leaves several nieces and nephews and a multitude of great nieces and nephews.
Debbie started her career as a first grade teacher, having taught in Orange, CT, Amherst, MA and Mountainside, NJ. Once she became a mother, she spent the next 25+ years as a loving wife, mother and homemaker. She spent the last of her working years at Verizon where she was a customer service representative on the CATC team, eventually retiring in 2008.
Debbie and Ed joined the First Congregational Church in Bristol, RI in 1972. Debbie sang in the choir for many years, was active in the Third Circle women’s group, and also assisted with the annual Church Bazaar.
After retirement, Ed and Debbie enjoyed cruising the Caribbean, Bermuda (where they also celebrated their 10th anniversary) as well as Alaska and the Mediterranean. Debbie was a wonderful friend to all who knew her, best known for her effervescent personality. At church especially, she was always the first to greet strangers and make them feel welcomed. When going to friends’ homes for social gatherings, she always asked, “What can I bring?” She was an enthusiastic and gracious hostess herself, always relishing the opportunity to bring family and friends together in her home.
Calling hours are respectfully omitted and burial will be private. A memorial service is planned for late spring of 2020. Contributions in her memory may be made to the First Congregational Church, 281 High Street, Bristol, RI 02809. To leave a message of condolence, www.wilbur-romano.com.
- First Congregational Church
- Passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019
- Private Burial
Deborah P. Wiacek
September 4, 2019
To Debbie, my best friend and confident. We shared many, many years together through good time and not so good times. You were always there to support and help me whenever I needed it and I hope I was there for you too..
Remember the good times when on your "surprise 60th birthday party" there were over 50 relatives and friends who came to Viking Drive to celebrate your birthday. It was such a happy time.
I remember the fun we had working together as partners in the in-home sales business when we left a customer's home at 1:30am and got lost in the Rehoboth woods, with heavy fog, no streetlights, nor homes around and bad roads. We were so scared at first but we finally had some good laughs over it later on!
Well my friend, I will continue to miss you so much, but I know you are in a better place in Heaven, making people laugh and love as you have done so well here on earth. God has his own plan for us, and we don't know why, but we have to be happy for you as you must be special. I hope to see you some day--, but not right away, as I still have much to do here. , God Bless you my dear, dear friend! Love, Sue