DEBEE McGOVERN

D. McGovern webDebee McGovern, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at her home.  She was 60 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Douglas Larson officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home; plus one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

Deborah Ann McGovern of Mora, Minnesota passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at home with family by her side.  She was 60 years old.

Debee was born on May 10th, 1953 to Robert and Charlotte Stanius.  Debee grew up in Isanti County on the family farm near Long Lake with her sister, Cheryl.   Debee attended Long Lake Country School and went on to graduate from Cambridge High School in 1971.  She loved the arts, flowers and photography; her first job was at Elaine’s Flowers in Isanti.  On July 20th, 1974 she married Chuck McGovern at Long Lake Lutheran Church.  Chuck was a classmate and they lived on Lake Francis in Isanti County.  The following year she purchased the Mora Flower and Gift Shop.  They moved to Mora to raise their three boys; Andrew, 31, Rob, 28, and Clint, 27. After selling the flower shop years later, she helped to run the family business and worked part-time at Oak Gallery.  Between working and raising the boys she was very active at Grace Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, serving on the Church Council, and many other church committees.

Debee loved to volunteer for the community.  She was very active with the Mora Vasaloppet – skiing the race for many years with her boys and serving as a Kransculla.   Debee also skied the Vasaloppet in Sweden and Japan.  She believed in and supported the Mora Schools by serving on the School Board and the Mora Education Foundation and by her involvement in a variety of school functions.   The family has many memories of trips to Mexico, Hawaii, Florida, Lake of the Woods, and the family lake cabin.  Debee also loved to travel with her girlfriends.  Debee loved any and all things that involved her family or her friends and was always ready to help.  Debee was very much loved by her husband and sons and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Debee is preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte Stanius.   She is survived by her husband, Chuck of Mora, MN; son Drew (Allison) of St. Louis, MO, son Rob and grandchildren Noah and Nevaeh of Cambridge, MN, son Clint (Monica) of Isanti, MN; her father, Robert Stanius of Isanti, MN, sister Cheryl (Dave) Deiman and nephews David and Will of Minneapolis, MN, sister-in-law Nan (Harvey) Hendrix of Talladega; AL and nieces and nephew, Hillary, Zane and Caitlin; and many other relatives and dear friends.

We love you and miss you Debee -Chuck, Drew, Rob, Clint, and Callie (dog)

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Douglas Larson officiating.  Music was provided by Jacki Peterson, Betty Smith, and the church choir.  Inurnment will be at a later date at the Long Lake Community Cemetery in Isanti.  Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. 

45 guestbook entries for DEBEE McGOVERN

  1. julie nelson October 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of Deb’s passing

  2. Barbara Kuebler October 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Our love and prayers are with you. The Kuebler Family

  3. Jessica Patterson October 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

  4. Dave Endicott October 30, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    God’s comfort be with you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Endicotts

  5. Mary Schwartz October 31, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    My heart aches for you, Chuck, and your family. My prayers are with you.

  6. Teri Schmidt Holgate October 31, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Chuck & boys, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Deb was a wonderful friend, she touched so many lives, she will be missed by so many!!

  7. Judith Kadlec October 31, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Sincere Sympathy – In our thoughts & Prayers – Debee was so special –

    Ron & Judy Kadlec

  8. Mary Doyle October 31, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Please feel our heartfelt prayers, Chuck and family. Debee was an incredible woman and touched so many lives. Her smile contagious! She will be missed by all! May God bring you the peace.

  9. Jay Tweed October 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    In my thoughts & prayers. Much love to you and your family Gov!

  10. Doug & Randi Yankowiak October 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Chuck and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers ~ Debee will be missed by so many. Peace in memories to all of you in these days ahead.

  11. Neil and Gwen Anderson October 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    God’s peace,
    Neil and Gwen Anderson

  12. Debb Soderman October 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear of Debb’s passing. My prayers go out to the whole family. I’ll never forget my high school friend.

  13. Tim and Kathy James October 31, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Dear Chuck, Cheryl, Robert Lee and her sons, our hearts are broken at the loss of this beautiful soul. Many happy Minnesota memories. Praying for Gods grace at this sad time.

  14. Larry and Cindy Butenhoff October 31, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Dear Chuck and family, May it ease your pain to know that it is shared by many. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Debee will be remembered always for her sweet, gentle nature. God Bless.

  15. Bill and Renee Koerber October 31, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    OUR SYMPATHY TO ALL THE FAMILY WE WILL
    CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU IN OUR PRAYERS.

  16. Judy Broekemeier October 31, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    Our sympathy on the loss of your loving wife, mother and grandmother……she was truly amazing. The arts community also lost a great advocate as she has been a longtime member and friend to the Mora C.A.P.P. committee, supporting arts events in our schools and community.

  17. Penny Casavant November 1, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Chuck and family: Debee will be missed by so many.
    She was beautiful, kind, compassionate, funny. She was remarkable.
    God Bless.

  18. Diane Seefeld November 1, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Debbie was a great and wonderful person, she will truly be missed. Know that our prayers and thoughts are with your family.

    Diane and Kevin Seefeld

  19. Barbara and Terry Baar November 1, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Our deepest sympathies to your family. Debee was one of the nicest and kindest persons we have known, going way back to our high school days. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

  20. Jane Skramstad November 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    I will always remember one time when Clint and Katie were invited to a birthday party of a child where neither of us knew the child. Debee and I talked it over a few times and decided that it was not fair to the child having the birthday for our kids not to attend because of our insecurities. So, I brought the kids and took the first hour of sitting in my vehicle on the road and Debee came and took the second hour sitting in her vehicle on the road and then brought the kids home. Drew, Robbie and Clint – this story is just a small testament of the love your mother had for you boys and what she wouldn’t do just to make sure you were safe. Wrap your hearts around those memories and carry them with you as there will be many times you will need them to help you through your grief.

  21. Jessica Olen November 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    I will always remember Debee’s face smiling and cheering at ski races.

  22. Chris and Marianne Santele' November 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Dear Chuck, boys and your families,
    I (Marianne) remember as far back as the Mora Flower and Gift Shop days, as well as when we all attended Church together. When you boys were so little, she had you at the Flower Shop with her, and though the place was filled with beautiful breakables, you boys were so good, and yet so carefree. She would just look at you boys and smile. She was so in love with her babies…and it showed through-out every stage of your lives, into having your own babies, and then falling in love with them! She was a woman of beauty, as well as creating beauty. Through losing a parent and friend, there will always be an empty space at family gatherings and the table. But I can honestly tell you, that with enough time, and it does take time, the complete sadness that you feel right now will ease and that there will come a day when you will be able to share your memories with less tears and more smiles. Our prayers of strength and comfort go out to you all, as you allow the love of Christ, family, and friends, to be a source of your comfort!!!

  23. Lisa Peterson November 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Debee’s passing…my deepest sympathies, Chuck and family. I’ll never forget her many kindnesses.

  24. Cheryl Cramer November 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear of Debee’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Chuck and their family. I will miss her smiling face and sweet personality!! She will always be remembered.

  25. Dorothy Graham Hanson November 1, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers are with Debee’s family
    I remember her bubbly personality and smiling face, she was a kind classmate , she will be missed.

  26. Colette Dickinson November 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    Chuck,Drew,Rob,Clint… Tears fill my eyes when I think of what you’ve gone thru. Debee is a very special women in all our lives. She will be missed by her family and friends, but i’m sure she’d want us all to cherish the great times and smile up at her. God has a special place for her. Peace be with you.

  27. Linda (Akers) Logan November 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    I’m so sorry to read that Debee passed away. My condolences to her family.

  28. Mike Babb November 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    So very sorry to hear of Debee’s passing. My condolences to Chuck and her sons. She was a very special person.

  29. Vicki Milbradt November 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Earth had this angel for 60 years. Now it’s heavens turn.

  30. julie (wentworth) Glidden November 1, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    chuck, boys, robert lee , cheryl and family.. our deepest sympathy. i too am very sorry to hear of Debee’s passing. may God help ease your pain with all the wonderful memories you hold dear.

  31. My Quyen and Jaquie Mai Chi Merkouris November 2, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    We are so sad to know that Debee passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Debee’s family during this sad time. She will be missed by many people who knew her.

  32. Roger Crawford November 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayers to you and the boys Chuck. I pray God will bless you, Debee & your family.

  33. Mary Bremer November 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Leroy and I extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. I can remember her when she was in the flower shop and helped us with our daughters wedding flowers! She was a wonderful woman.

  34. Ron and JoAnn Menk November 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    classiest woman we have known; always a smile-the world will miss her. Our deepest sympathies at your loss. JoAnn loved singing with her for all those years in choir. Her loving spirit will live forever.

  35. Cheryl Bjerk November 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    I’ve always thought of Debee as a wonder to behold, optimistic, fun-loving and generous. I will forever remember the support and kindness she shared with me. May the blessings of Our Lord be upon her and the family.

  36. MariAnne (Synstelien) Medin November 4, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    My prayers are with all of you and may your faith in our precious Lord bring you comfort and peace.

  37. Liz Gray Larson November 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    The world is a bit more sad without the light of Debee in it. Thank you, Chuck and the boys especially for having shared her with us. Heaven has gained another beautiful angel.

  38. Rhende and Fred Hagemeister November 5, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    Our prayers are with you Chuck and family, as we savor childhood memories of Debee.

  39. Mark & Kris Sorenson November 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We have many good memories of Debee.

  40. Gloria (Larson) Leonard November 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    I have such great memories of Debee in high school. My prayers are with you Chuck and your family.

  41. Lori Witter November 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Debee gave me a job in the Flower Shop as a young teen. We were Debee, Ruthee, and Loree. We lost Ruthee years back, and now are so saddened by the loss of the most kind, energetic, cheerful, and compassionate person we have had the privilege to know. We were amazed that this amazing adult would want to befriend us, and it made us so proud and want to emulate her character! We would all be improved if we picked up even a fraction of her goodness. Debee was very special and certainly will be missed by so many. Thoughts and prayers are with Chuck and family.

  42. Lori (Theis) Berg November 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    I was saddened to hear of Debee’s passing and my prayers go out to you, Chuck and boys. I have many wonderful memories of spending time with Debee when our kids were small. She was always the laid back and easy going one and was such a positive influence on all who spent time with her. She will be truly missed.

  43. Renee Capra November 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Chuck and Family. Ernie and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Debee will be missed. Heaven just received a very special angel. God Bless.

  44. Bill & Mary Ellen Queen November 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Chuck and boys,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. She was always so pleasant whenever she called us. We felt like she was old friend. She will be greatly missed.
    You are in our thoughts.

  45. Chuck and Mary Schmaltz November 8, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Chuck and family,
    We are so sorry for your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. May God be with you and yours.

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