Deborah Lynn Rathbun Grooters
08/13/1954 - 10/09/2021
Obituary For Deborah Lynn Rathbun Grooters
Deborah Lynn Rathbun Grooters was born on August 13, 1954 and passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on October 9, 2021.
She was the beloved wife of Stanley for 21 years, mother to Evan Tolan, grandmother to Porter Tolan, daughter to Fred & Shirley Rathbun of Newaygo, MI, sister to Sue (Tom) Keena of Scottville, MI and Lynne (Carl) Smith of Spring Lake, MI.
Deborah is preceded in death by her brother, Fred Rathbun. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and nephews and nieces, her friend of many years, Sally Nyenhuis, her in-laws, Bill (Bernice) Grooters of Wyoming, MI, Bernard Grooters of Jenison, MI and Daughn Cook of Seattle, WA. Deborah is also survived by Stanley’s grandchildren, Amanda, Stephanie, Kovah, Brylee and Ryan.
Deborah worked at Rathbun Electric with her father for many years, then Lakeview Electric and Builders Window Specialties, where she met her husband, Stanley. Growing up, some fond memories were spending time out on her dad’s boat. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Conklin, where she met many church friends and often babysat and cared for others. Deborah especially loved flowers and tending to her garden. She enjoyed birds and even cared for parakeets in her home. People that knew Deborah, knew how special, caring and loving she was. She had a nurturing heart and it showed in the ways that she cared for others, especially her own grandfather and a family friend, John York.
Deborah will be missed by many.
The family invites you to a Memorial Service for Deborah that will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Conklin on Saturday, October 30th at 11:00AM.
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Deb was my Sisters long time friend and so I grew up around her too .... She was a wonderful care giver to my Grandma Troost and then to my Mother -law ... Deb took such great care of them and treated them both just like they were her family ... We were thankful for her . We will be thinking of Stan and the family . Rest In Peace Deb
Deb was my cousin and when I was growing up she lived above us in a house near Rathbun electric. She loved to do my hair for school. I went to school, she would pull my pony tail so tight I felt it all day. I had the best hair in elementary school. Rest In Peace Deb.
Dear Stan..... bless you for your love and care for Deb over the years and during declining health. When you feel alone, may the Lord's promise....."I will never leave you nor forsake you".... be a special comfort. Gary Leyendecker
Deb was my oldest niece and I loved to pick on her as an adult. She wanted to help remodel her parents cabin so I made her a tool kit with every thing painted pink. She often went camping with me and helped with my kids. She will be truly missed. Rest In Peace Deb💗
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