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Debbie A Wanner, 54, passed away on Sept. 13, 2019, to go live with her heavenly Savior, Jesus Christ.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Bethel Lutheran Church, Bismarck. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery following the service. A visitation will be held on Monday evening from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church.

Debbie was born in Bismarck on Jan. 17, 1965, to Emil and Pat (Vander Woude) Wanner. She graduated from Bismarck High School in 1983.

In 1984 she joined the U.S. Navy and served four years as a hospital corpsman. She was honorably discharged in 1988.

She also was in the North Dakota National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves. She was honorably discharged from her services with the Army in 2000.

In 1991, she graduated from Bismarck State College with an Associates of Arts degree in physical education. In 1994, she graduated from University of Mary with a bachelor’s degree in art, with a major in social and behavioral science education and a minor in theology.

Debbie had a very happy childhood. She enjoyed playing with her neighborhood friends, many who she went to school with. She was proficient in art and enjoyed drawing, painting and making stained-glass windows.

She and her dad enjoyed going to high school football games, the St. Mary’s Carnival, Folkfest, and going to Mandan on the Fourth of July to have pancakes and watch the parade.

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In 2002, she was hired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she worked until she got sick in 2017. Counting her service in the Navy, she had 19 years with the federal government.

She was a pet lover and had many pets throughout her life. At the time of her death she had two cats, Fred and Molly; and two dogs, Baxter and Peaches.

In her lifetime she had many visits to the Mayo Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital and many surgeries. She suffered from severe pain and prayed her Heavenly Father would take her home and end the pain.

She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and was blessed to have all the members support her through prayer. Debbie was also blessed to have many friends and family looking out for her and giving her love and support.

Debbie is survived by her father, Emil; sister, Lycrecia; niece, Nicole and nephew, David.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Pat Wanner; grandfathers, Kelly Vander Woude and John D. Wanner; and grandmothers, Leah Wanner (Hochhalter) and Lorriane Wilson.

Her battle is over and she fought a good fight all the way to the end.

If you wish to leave the family a message of condolence please visit www.bismarckfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest book.

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