Deborah K. “Debbie” Roe, 61, of New Athens, IL, born July 1, 1953 in Pana, IL, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Debbie had worked at Beelman Trucking for 32 years and was currently a truck dispatcher. She was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and had gone with friends to Jupiter, FL for the Cardinals’ spring training.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Estelle (Romager) Roe, 2 uncles; Grady Romager and Ivy Romager, Jr. and 1 aunt; Ruth Emling.
Debbie is survived by 1 sister; Ann (Clyde Zanders) Peters of Baldwin, IL and 1 brother; Alan (Alexis) Roe of Webster Groves, MO. 2 nieces; Lisa (Tom) Emling and Michelle (Joseph) Gallagher, 1 nephew; Doug (Julie) Peters, 8 great nieces and nephews; Taryn Dettman, Dylan Dettman, Maddy Salls, Doug Peters, Cole Peters, Kendall Peters, Eamon Gallagher and Morgan Gallagher, and 1 great great nephew; Carter Rose. 2 aunts;; Lois McKenzie of Pana, IL and Elizabeth Gray of Hoover, Alabama. She is also survived by her very dear friends, the Rick and Diane Weilmuenster Family of New Athens, IL and also by the “Margarita Girls”.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens.
Funeral: Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at St. John United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating. Burial will be at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.
We have lost a beautiful person and co worker, she will be GREAYLY missed at Beelman Truck Co. My prayers to her family that she cherished so much. RIP Debbie.
Posted by: Carla Tscherney (Fellow Beelman Employee) Feb 26, 2015
Debbie will be missed by all of her “Beelman” family. I am blessed to have worked with her for the past 18 years. Keeping her family in thought and prayer. When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!
Posted by: Sue Malick – Nashville, IL – Co-Worker/Friend Feb 26, 2015
Debbie will be missed at Beelman Truck Co. She always greeted everyone with a smile and was kind to everyone. I don’t think I have ever met a more informed and dedicated St Louis Cardinal’s fan. She always enjoyed talking about the Cardinal’s games and the players. she will be missed. Prayers and thoughts of comfort for those family members and friends of Debbie who lost a great person in their lives.
Posted by: Alex Cima – Saint Louis, MO – Co-worker at Beelman Truck Co. Feb 26, 2015
Debbie was always cheerful & happy to help anytime I needed her to cover a load at MLCo. She & I became friends over the phone. We enjoyed a fun trip to the lake too. She was honest, hardworking, & loyal. She lovingly cared for her mom for many years. I was privileged to know her and will miss her.
Posted by: Yvonne Bedwell – Godfrey, IL – Friend Feb 26, 2015
My condolences to Debbie’s family. She was truly a special person. I remember all the good times we had growing up at the Methodist Church and at Sunday school. Even though we didn’t see each other much thru the years, when we did cross paths she had that big beautiful smile on her face and went out of her way to say “Hi” to me.
Posted by: Jeanne (Hacker) Jansen – Fairview Heights, IL – family friend Feb 26, 2015
Rest peacefully dear friend, your suffering is over.
Posted by: The Hampton family Feb 26, 2015
Even though we hadn’t see each other for a long time we spoke to each other thru social media. As a you girl she lived across the alley from us in NA and she was just as cute as a button. My deepest condolences to her sister Ann and her brother Alan. I am so sorrowed by this tragedy and the shortened life of Debbie.
Posted by: Kathy Hill – Carllyle, IL – Old neighbor Feb 27, 2015
My deepest condolences to all the family and friends! What I remember about Debbie was she always had that sweet smile on her face and how sweet she was to everyone and her great laugh! She will be greatly missed! RIP Debbie!
Posted by: Karen Vanelli – Memphis, TN – friend, Maiden name Schreiner Feb 27, 2015
Sincere condolences to the family. The world has lost a beautiful soul. God speed.
Posted by: Paul Nuernberger – Jefferson City, MO Feb 27, 2015
Debbie, we were the “birthday twins.” It was amazing how you could make anyone feel welcomed and connected. You had your mother’s sweet smile and caring attitude. Your life here was cut way too short but, you are home again with your mom and the pain is gone. I pray for comfort for those who are left behind and morn the loss of you here. There are many of us.
Posted by: Celeste (Strassman) Bowman Feb 27, 2015
I was so sorry to learn of Debbie’s passing. I remember how she always had a smile for everyone–she was a truly nice person. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Posted by: Sue Blankenship – Manchester, MO – High School Classmate Feb 27, 2015
I’ll always treasure our friendship. You were such a good friend to me. Kind, funny, caring, full of compliments and so fun to be around. We are all grieving for our loss of you. God truly took an angel home.
Posted by: Kathy Swyear – New Athens, IL – Classmate/friend Feb 28, 2015
I can remember the day Debbie started working at Beelman Truck Co. she was very happy and always laughing and wanting to get along with every body. She worked hard and worked her way up to one of the most stressful jobs in the trucking business and to be honest with you she was very good.
Posted by: Maurice MO Zurliene – New Baden, IL – Beelman Company Driver Feb 28, 2015