Deborah (Debbie) Starchuk

December 18, 1956 - April 29, 2023
May 2, 2023 12 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with heavy sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, nana, sister, aunt and friend, Debbie. She was independent, fun loving and a true fighter.

She is now watching over her family; her daughter, Tammy (Shawn) Zabrick, Jim MacDougall, and her grandchildren: Jack, Phoebe, Marlee, Alex, Emma and Tyson. Left with wonderful memories of their sister are Raymond(Edna) Starchuk and Rick(Carrie) Starchuk.

She leaves us to rejoin her parents Nick and Sophie Starchuk, her older sister Patricia Tymchuk and her nephew Edward Tymchuk.

Debbie also leaves behind aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. Debbie loved to travel especially to areas of heat and palm trees. You would find her in the pool on her floaty, with a drink in hand. She loved to have fun: karaoke, dancing, bingo, casinos; drawing people to her with her wonderful smile,contagious laugh and conversation. She enjoyed events like Heritage Days, KDays, Taste of name it. We can’t forget The Blue Suede Music Festival in Busby, Alberta. She always ended up receiving a scarf from at least one performer. However her greatest love was spending time with family and friends.

The family expresses immense gratitude to Dr. Yue, Dr. Mulder and the CCI team, the palliative home care team and the staff at Foyer Lacombe hospice centre. The care and compassion shown to Debbie and her family will never be forgotten.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Rundle Park Family Center at 3:00 pm on June 4, 2023, Address: 2903 113 Ave NW, Edmonton.

  1. With so much sadness in me I say goodbye to my Beautiful Friend Debbie. For 60 years we were in contact one way or another. I will miss your smile, your laughter and that positive attitude you brought wherever you went. I will miss the many hours we spent talking on the phone. But most of all I will just miss you. RIP Kiddo. I will never forget you Love you forever.

    To Tammy, Jim and family please except condolences from my whole family. Your Mom is now playing Bingo with her Mom and loving it. My Hubby Ike and my children loved your Mom and knew how much she meant to everyone that met her. Take care in knowing she is in peace.
    Love always The Giesbrecht’s

  2. We are so sorry to hear of Your Mom’s lpassing.Deb was very special to our family.You will be missed but remember her love lives on in each of you
    Deb you will be missed but our memories will keep you forever in our hearts

  3. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I went to school with Debra from grade one and she was a great friend. Far to young to be leaving so soon. Eternal Memory old friend

  4. Condolences Tammy and Jim. Your mom spoke often how much she loved her family. Will miss her smile and going to bingo with her. With a heavy heart I send hugs to you all.

  5. My heart hurts…Debbie was our cool big sister…i remember as a kid she would pull out the record player and we would all dance to bang-shang-alang by the Archie’s.
    She was fun and funny and the world is a bit darker that she is gone.
    Deepest condolences to Tammy and Jim and everyone who loved her.
    Tracy Sibulak

  6. love and miss you nana❤️

  7. My condolences Jim and Tammy and especially her grandchildren. She always bragged about them and told me that my grandkids were cute, but hers were better. I worked with Debbie at CHOICE for many years and she was very friendly and personable with our clientele. Her love of travel and festivals kept her on the move and she always had a story to tell. May she rest in peace.

  8. Our condolences to you and your whole family, Tammy. It doesn’t matter how old we are, losing a mother is always so hard. We are thinking of you.

    Brian and Tracey Demuynck

  9. So sorry to hear this . Sending my deepest sympathy .

  10. Beautiful lady inside and out always put a smile on my face

  11. Sad to hear the passing of my good friend Deb…RIP….

  12. I was shocked and saddened to learn about Debbie’s passing. She was a huge part of my life for a long time and will always have a special place in my heart. My condolences to her family.

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