Debra Ann Kalskett

Debra Ann Kalskett
Aug 4, 1962 – January 6, 2021

She was preceded in death by her father, Chester J. “Butch” Kawecki; father-in-law, Kermit A. Kalskett; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Bill Somerville. She is survived by her husband, Alan W. Kalskett; daughters, April M. (Tim) Podraza, Rebecca L. Harris-Kalskett (Martell); son, Michael A. Kalskett; grandson, Gage Podraza; mother, Marie Kawecki; brothers: Darryl (Jill) Kawecki, David (Dawn) Kawecki, Dan Kawecki; mother-in-law, Phyllis Kalskett; brother-in-law, David F. (Joyce) Kalskett.

VISITATION observing CDC Guidelines: Sunday, January 10th from 2:00pm-5:00pm at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, January 11th at 10am, West Center Chapel. INTERMENT: St. John Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Project Pink’d. To view a live broadcast of the Funeral Service, go to and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.


Deb was born on August 4, 1962 in Minot, ND to Butch and Marie Kawecki. She was the oldest of their four children. She grew up in South Omaha, NE and graduated from Omaha Gross in 1980. Deb worked various places out of high school before starting her career with Social Security where she met many lifelong friends. She retired from Social Security in July of 2020.

She married her childhood sweetheart, Alan Kalskett on August 30, 1980. Together they had three children – April, Michael and Rebecca. She loved spending quality time with her kids and her grandson, “little man.”  She also loved spending time with her fur babies, Jake and Rylee and her “four legged grandkids” Bruce, Armani, Kicker and Cami.

She was very active in volunteering and was an Auxiliary officer at the South Omaha American Legion. She also was involved with Project Pink’d and was a “pink’d sister” to many other women who have battled or are currently battling breast cancer.

Deb loved to be outdoors and be surrounded by people that she loves. She enjoyed cooking and if you ever left their house on an empty stomach, it was never her fault. Over the years she has touched the lives of many individuals and her smile always lit up every room.


  • Colleen marley Posted January 7, 2021 7:23 pm

    Debbie was a friend to all. Always willing to help if needed and never any harsh words. I worked with her at social security a lot of years and truly miss her smile. I can’t be there for her service but she is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Sharon & Bud Knutson Posted January 7, 2021 8:07 pm

    You have our deepest sympathy,.

  • Victoria Gammage Posted January 7, 2021 11:23 pm

    I worked with Debbie at Social Security. Not only was she an excellent and knowledgeable employee, but she was also a good, loving and caring person. My deepest sympathies to all her friends and family.

  • Terry Brady Posted January 8, 2021 7:36 am

    Alan, so sorry to hear of your families loss. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  • MICHAEL FARRELL Posted January 8, 2021 8:22 am

    Alan many prayers for you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Liz Kaestner Posted January 8, 2021 9:30 am

    My deepest sympathies to Alan and the kids . Debbie was the kindest, strongest , loving person I ever knew. She was strong and brave through her battle with cancer . Debbie will always be remembered for her deep love for her family and friends.Rest well my dear friend, I will miss you.

  • Angela – Sis Posted January 8, 2021 10:51 am

    Debbie adopted me as a third daughter when I was in high school. I spent most of my high school years at the Kalskett family home. She called me “Sis” and I called her “Mom”. Every time she saw me she wanted to know how I was doing but not in the superficial way that most people mean when they ask. She really wanted to know how I was doing and would look me in my eyes to try to determine if I was really doing ok. She was such an amazing woman. No matter how she felt, she wanted to make sure everyone else around her was ok. The world will not be the same without her, but I feel so blessed to have so many good memories with her and her family that I will cherish forever. Praying for peace and strength for the Kalskett family during this time of sorrow. Love you all!

  • Diana Nielsen Posted January 8, 2021 12:22 pm

    I also worked with Debbie at Social Security. I remember her ready smile and willingness to always help. She was always a hard worker and a fine example of the dedicated government workers who often get little recognition. She loved her family and friends and will be missed by all.

  • Garry Gernandt Posted January 8, 2021 12:58 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Alan and family. Finding words of comfort during these times can be difficult, but knowing my heart goes out to all of you and I’ll cherish Deb’s smile and kind words every time our paths crossed forever.

  • Susan Hawk Posted January 8, 2021 8:31 pm

    I am Truly sorry for your loss. Debbie will be missed and she will never be forgotten. May God put her in a special place where she will be watching us, the people who loved and cherished her!

  • Judy hrabik Posted January 9, 2021 2:34 pm

    Alan,April,Michael and Becky. I am sorry to hear of your great loss. Debbie was one of a kind. She had a heart of gold. She is leaving one family and going To another. Butch and her grandparents will-take her under their wings. My prayers and thoughts are with you.all.
    Take care

  • Drew Wilcox Posted January 9, 2021 7:07 pm

    My heart goes out to Debbie’s family, whom she spoke glowingly of often. Though I only knew Debbie for a few years, she was a mentor to me when I was just beginning my career and was always such a supportive and generous person. She spent her life giving back to the community and so many of us are better off because we were fortunate enough to know Debbie. May she rest in peace.

  • Donald and Lisa Griffin Posted January 10, 2021 10:47 am

    Alan, we are so sorry for your loss,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • Paul and Kathie Kaczmarek Posted January 10, 2021 2:18 pm

    Paul and I send our deepest sympathies at this time for your loss. It’s been over a year since we lost our granddaughter to Brest cancer and we know the pain goes far.Our prayers for peace and healing is with all of you. All our love, be safe. Paul and Kathie

  • Gary & Sherri Davis Posted January 11, 2021 12:47 am

    Alan, I am sorry for your loss and you and your family are in my prayers.

  • Teri Johnson Posted January 11, 2021 2:15 pm

    I worked with Debbie for many years. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Debbie was a very strong woman and a friend to so many. She always had a smile and always had time to help a co worker. Debbie was my friend. Prayers of comfort to Alan and family. Treasure your memories, the world has lost a very special lady.

  • Michael Bailey Posted January 15, 2021 3:36 pm

    Sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers to the family

  • Derek & Janie Boswell Posted January 19, 2021 2:01 pm

    Al and Family, Our condolences and Prayers to you all.

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