A memorial Mass for Debra will be celebrated on Sunday, May 12, at 8 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan. A funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Ambrose Church, Deerfield Beach, after which her ashes will be scattered in the Atlantic Ocean, in accordance with her final wishes. Memorials can be made to the family or St. Ambrose Church.
Debra Marchand was born April 6, 1956, in Kewanee, the daughter of Robert and Elsie Vercauteren Marchand. After graduating from Annawan High School in 1974, she started a career in the food industry, working at several area restaurants including The Dock in Davenport. Debra worked her way from wait staff, bartender and hostess to professional chef. She moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in the early 1980s, where she perfected her culinary skills. For more than 20 years she worked as a freelance yacht chef. Debra saw the world traveling the coastal waters of Europe as far north as Norway, to North and South America, the Gulf and Mediterranean, preparing and serving fine cuisine. Debra was an avid NFL and NASCAR fan, Dale Earnhardt being one of her favorite clients.
Debra will be missed by her mother; sisters, Linda (Terry) Heller, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Patricia (Bob) Puleo, Warrenton, Mo., Pamela (John) Krantz, Reynolds, and Theresa (Stan) Dale, Schaumburg, Ill.; brothers, James (Wendy) Marchand, Durant, and Anthony (Lisa) Marchand, Kewanee; her nieces and nephews; and close friends, JoAnn (Red) Barber, Traci Perkins and Ty Gerould in Florida.
She was preceded in death by her father.
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