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OBITUARY

Deanna Rose Aughenbaugh

November 13, 1937August 14, 2020
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Deanna Rose Aughenbaugh, age 82, of West Bloomfield, passed away August 14, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Charles III. Loving mother of Charlie IV (Laurie) Aughenbaugh and Michael (Claudia) Aughenbaugh. Cherished grandmother of Kate, Chase, Charlotte and Ian. Dear sister of Cheryle Helka.

Born in Cairo, Illinois, Debe was the first member of her family to graduate from college. To her final day, she maintained close friendships with three of her best friends from Alma College, Sue Wisler, Dorothy Sundeck and Linda Nolan. Shortly after graduation, she began teaching in an elementary school and married Charles Aughenbaugh. A few years later, they began their family and Debe stopped teaching to raise her two sons. Later, when her youngest reached middle school, she returned to public school education, this time as a teacher’s aide at the high school level in the Walled Lake School System.

Debe was an extraordinarily devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was the glue that bound her family together through good times and rough ones. She asked little for herself and never stopped trying to teach, support and please her two boys. In later years, her grandchildren received the same tireless devotion, integrity and love…if a bit less discipline!

Maybe her greatest non-family joy was the annual “Girls Week” trips Up North. These ladies were the dear friends who shared daily lives in the Westacres subdivision. They included Jan Alflen, Joann Jensen, Marty England, Bonnie Darling, Nancy Jones, Shirly Batalutz and others.

Despite the pain caused by life-long scoliosis, three different back surgeries and bad knees, Debe had long since learned to carry on with strength, never losing her beautiful smile and joy for the people she loved.

In mid-March, while under family-imposed quarantine in her home, Debe fell and fractured her hip. Seeing her wheeled out to the ambulance, her boys would have never imagined that it was the last time she would be in her home of 50 years. The ensuing hospitalization led to her fourth back surgery. The next four and a half months were spent between the hospital and two different rehabilitation facilities. In a tragedy of COVID-19 regulations, they were terribly lonely months.

While an unjust end to her life, the kindness, unassuming warmth, respect and generosity she offered to all those who crossed her path over the years will be remembered and admired for much longer than the final five months. In the end, both of her sons were again at her side, holding her hands in the final hour.

Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm at Deanna's House, 7381 Honeysuckle Road, West Bloomfield.

Flowers may be sent to Michael's House, 5358 Midchester Court, West Bloomfield or Charlie's House, 7143 Buckthorn, West Bloomfield anytime before Sunday.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, August 30, 2020

Memories

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Kimberly Sitkowski

August 28, 2020

I remember when I was a little girl I used to spend a week or two each summer with them which I loved! On this particular summer day we got dressed ate breakfast and Michael and I were off on our bikes... We went down by the lagoon and there was a building there with steep cement slides on each side of the steps. Well Michael and I spent the morning sliding down these cement slides. I don’t believe we were supposed to be there so when we got home for lunch we were asked where we had been and Michael not me lol told a tiny white lie... Aunt Dee Dee asked us what happened to our behinds.... busted! We totally ripped the backside of our shorts out! Yep we were in for the day!
I just loved spending time with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins. I have a heart full of fun, loving memories. Like when Aunt Dee Dee came to visit Arizona with my Mom and Gram. We had such fun times, sight seeing and fun things with her Great Nieces Jessica and Kelsey and her Great Nephew Joshua.. we had so much fun and made lasting memories. Poor Aunt Dee Dee it was her first time in Tucson, Easter and she was so excited for sun and warmth and it SNOWED!! On Easter Sunday and rained the rest of the time! I felt so bad... bit we still powered through!
I have countless heartfelt memories that will be cherished forever and always!
To my Aughenbaugh Family I love you so very much and send much love and prayers. Aunt Dee Dee I miss you...You left an impact on my heart that no one will ever replace! That spot is just for you.
I will miss our long distance phone conversations... I know we helped each other so much! You got me!
I love you always and forever. Until we are together again.
Kim

Dorothy and Eric Sundeck

August 28, 2020

DeeB was an amazing woman and a true friend. We have been friends for 62 years and I will fondly remember the special times we spent together. Some of my favorite memories were our monthly luncheons at Panera's. We were never at a loss for words. Most of our conversations were interspersed with laughter and reminiscing and there was never a dull moment.

I will always cherish our friendship and Eric will miss her beautiful smile.

When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. May you treasure all your memories of your dear Mom!
DeeB will forever be in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to your family.

Duncan Galbraith

August 27, 2020

Oh how my heart aches for the Augenbaugh family upon the death of dear sweet Debe. I'll always have treasured memories of Debe, she was always so kind to me, a sweet a gentle soul.
God rests her soul.

Love and hugs to the Augenbaughs

Dunc

Lonny and Keith Nolan

August 25, 2020

It’s been our honor to know and love DeeB since college days.

I have so many fond memories of those old”goofy” days,serious talks as we aged, and lastly her latest struggles.

May her time in heaven be matched with the joy she brought to others.

We’ll miss you , dear friend.

All our love to your dear family.


Andrea benson

August 25, 2020

Deeb was my true Angel that I believe was brought to me in this world for many reasons. We had a very special friendship that was also a mom/ daughter relationship. We helped eachother through many difficult times by joking around and being each others sounding board. She was such a strong, generous, kind, caring woman that has taught me how I will be for the remainder of my life. Never wanting to impose on people, she pushed through ailments that would have made anyone give up. Her beautiful family was the reason she kept pushing!!!! She was so loved by so many and I’m so grateful to have been part of her life, friend and hairstylist. I am going to miss her everyday but will always remember what she thought me. RIP my beautiful Angel, Deeb.. When I’m sad or weak, I will look at your picture and that smile to cheer myself up!! Love you forever! Til we meet again....💞❤️💘

Kimberly Sitkowski

August 20, 2020

I am so fortunate to have a heart full of memories that will be etched in my life forever! Not only was my Aunt Dee Dee born in Cairo Illinois she was born to sweethearts George and Dorothy Cowles! They had the pleasure of being around their next of Kin until they moved to Michigan. And five years later Cheryle Helka was born... becoming instant best friends with her Sister Dee. I have many memories of fun family gatherings not only in West Acres but definitely in Dearborn. Memories full of fun. Family and laughs...good laughs, belly laughs. Cheryle and Dee continued to be best friends throughout her lifetime. They would cherish their special birthday lunches together, and outings in general! When it got to the point where they were unable to travel back and forth they cherished their telephone time! Still sharing laughs, heart to heart talks that made them not only Sisters but best friends!
Aunt Dee Dee you will be deeply missed by all of us... thank you so much for such a fun childhood when I would come and visit you every summer! You always made everything fun and I know you enjoyed our girl time.

Deitra Helisek

August 20, 2020

I have so many amazing memories of my aunt, from spending a week during the summers as a kid to Christmas mornings at Nana’s. But I will have to say my favorite memories are seeing her with my kids. She was so excited during my pregnancies and such an amazing great aunt to Brody and Kennedy. I will forever miss hearing her call me Deets.

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Biography

Deanna Rose Aughenbaugh, age 82, of West Bloomfield, passed away August 14, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Charles III. Loving mother of Charlie IV (Laurie) Aughenbaugh and Michael (Claudia) Aughenbaugh. Cherished grandmother of Kate, Chase, Charlotte and Ian. Dear sister of Cheryle Helka.

Born in Cairo, Illinois, Debe was the first member of her family to graduate from college. To her final day, she maintained close friendships with three of her best friends from Alma College, Sue Wisler, Dorothy Sundeck and Linda Nolan. Shortly after graduation, she began teaching in an elementary school and married Charles Aughenbaugh. A few years later, they began their family and Debe stopped teaching to raise her two sons. Later, when her youngest reached middle school, she returned to public school education, this time as a teacher’s aide at the high school level in the Walled Lake School System.

Debe was an extraordinarily devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was the glue that bound her family together through good times and rough ones. She asked little for herself and never stopped trying to teach, support and please her two boys. In later years, her grandchildren received the same tireless devotion, integrity and love…if a bit less discipline!

Maybe her greatest non-family joy was the annual “Girls Week” trips Up North. These ladies were the dear friends who shared daily lives in the Westacres subdivision. They included Jan Alflen, Joann Jensen, Marty England, Bonnie Darling, Nancy Jones, Shirly Batalutz and others.

Despite the pain caused by life-long scoliosis, three different back surgeries and bad knees, Debe had long since learned to carry on with strength, never losing her beautiful smile and joy for the people she loved.

In mid-March, while under family-imposed quarantine in her home, Debe fell and fractured her hip. Seeing her wheeled out to the ambulance, her boys would have never imagined that it was the last time she would be in her home of 50 years. The ensuing hospitalization led to her fourth back surgery. The next four and a half months were spent between the hospital and two different rehabilitation facilities. In a tragedy of COVID-19 regulations, they were terribly lonely months.

While an unjust end to her life, the kindness, unassuming warmth, respect and generosity she offered to all those who crossed her path over the years will be remembered and admired for much longer than the final five months. In the end, both of her sons were again at her side, holding her hands in the final hour.

Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm at Deanna's House, 7381 Honeysuckle Road, West Bloomfield.

Flowers may be sent to Michael's House, 5358 Midchester Court, West Bloomfield or Charlie's House, 7143 Buckthorn, West Bloomfield anytime before Sunday.

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