Debra “Deb” Vejvoda

Debra “Deb” Vejvoda

October 27, 1956 – June 12, 2023

FAMLY RECEIVES FRIENDS: Sunday, June 18, 2023, 3:00-5:00PM. FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, June 19, 2023, 10:30AM all at West Center Chapel. INTERMENT: Evergreen Memorial Park. Memorials to be directed by the family.

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Debra Lynn Vejvoda, 66, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 12th, 2023.

She was born to Dwayne and Marjorie Holsteen on October 27th, 1956, Omaha, NE.

As an only child. Deb’s parents meant the world to her. She filled her days with activities like dance, drawing, playing with her dog Fluffy, spending time with her close neighbor friends, Jim and Steve Graf, and forming lifelong friendships with Karin Menghini and Durnae Schuetz.

In her teenage years, Deb cherished time with her horse, Goldie, camping with the Grafs, attending Lake Mary Ranch Camp, visiting the Hollingsworths’ in Burlington, skiing with her parents, and cruising in her white Trans Am. Deb graduated from Westside High School in 1974 and went to college at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

After graduation. Deb taught elementary school at Cottonwood Elementary, Grace Abbott, Hillside Elementary, and ran an in-home daycare for many years where she delighted kids with constant crafts and activities. Deb loved children and was always a caregiver at heart — for her family, her mother Marge, as she aged, and everyone who knew her.

Deb met Bill Vejvoda in June of 1981 at their apartment pool. Bill fell for her fast. They went on a date the next night, married nine months later, and enjoyed 41 years of wonderful marriage where they created a lifetime of memories together. Bill and Deb had the privilege to raise three beloved children: Lance, Carie, and Stacy, and celebrate the births of four beautiful grandchildren.

Lance, Carie, and Stacy cherished their time growing up, where Deb made every occasion special, from getting ice cream after a dentist visit, to crafts, making homemade playdough, baking cookies, sipping hot chocolate, going on picnics, playing at the park or pool, visiting the zoo, and more. They shared many family get-togethers with Bill and Ali Spitler, along with their kids, David and Dan. Ali and Deb were a dynamic duo who earned the nickname “Lucy and Ethel” for their goofy antics and happenings.

Deb was always there for her kids and husband, loving her family deeply, and creating traditions that stood the test of time. She loved every minute of being a wife and mother, taking pride in caring for her family and making life special for them. In-between family activities, she enjoyed writing stories, painting, or indulging in a rich chocolatey dessert — as she would say, “one for you, two for me!”

Throughout her marriage and life. Deb held a strong faith in God that was apparent to everyone around her. She was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ who read her Bible every day, served others relentlessly, and loved others deeply.

Deb will be deeply missed by her family and everyone whose lives she touched.

She is survived by her husband, Bill, and their children: Lance (girlfriend, Amanda), Carie (Todd), Stacy (Mark); four grandchildren: Noah, Liam, Olivia, and Ezra.



  • Sherry Sivey Posted June 17, 2023 10:49 am

    To Bill, Carie, Stacy, and Lance; I have known Debbie since she was a little girl. She lived two houses down from us on Frances St and I babysat her for years. We shared many neighborhood get-togethers. As an adult, I cherished her friendship. I am so saddened by her loss. I am at last glad she has gone to Heaven to be with Jesus.

  • Sherry Sivey Posted June 17, 2023 11:09 am

    Sorry. I got cut off. Debbie was one of the most loving and gracious people I have known. I will miss her sweetness and her beautiful smile.

  • Janet Manceaux Posted June 18, 2023 2:55 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your mother. You need to know that she will always be in your hearts.
    God bless you and your family in this most difficult time and remember all the joyous memories you’ve shared along the way and through the years.
    “Your friend”

  • DruAnne McMartin Posted June 18, 2023 4:07 pm

    Mrs. Vejvoda, thank you for always being kind to me when I came to visit. I am so grateful for having Carie and Lance to grow up with. I hope you are able to find peace and rest knowing the village will continue to support your family, always. 🫶🏻

  • Kris & Tim Melonis (Bella Vista, AR) Posted June 18, 2023 6:31 pm

    Dear Bill, Lance & Amanda), Carie (Todd), Stacy (Mark) , & dear grandchildren (Noah, Liam, Olivia & Ezra), Words cannot express our deep sadness over the loss of your dear, sweet, precious , mother Deb. I’ve known her since childhood , when I babysat her at times & I remember we had such fun, jumping up & down on her round bed! I was blessed to not only have her friendship but she was also in my Bible Study for 7 years & was a dear prayer partner. (she loved Jesus!). She lives in our hearts.& will never be forgotten!
    “Precious in the eyes of the LORD is the death of his saints’ (Psalm 116:115). Lifting you all in prayer & looking to Jesus for His peace that passes all understanding (Isaiah 26:3)
    ( So sorry that we are unable to attend the funeral)

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