Deborah A. Plantikow-Spies
September 21, 2013
Deborah A. Plantikow Spies, 50, of Hampton Township, succumbed to brain cancer after her long courageous battle, on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the Center of Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Debbie lived in Westfield and Scotch Plains before moving to Hampton Township 22 years ago. She was currently employed by QuickChek Corporation as a Food Service Manager. Debbie had previous experience as a Copier Technician, where she held Senior Technician positions at Xerox Corp. in Morris Plains, then at Freedom Business Machines in Sparta. She was later employed as a school bus driver at Stocker Bus Company.
In her youth, Debbie was very involved in the First United Methodist Church of Westfield. She loved the choir and was involved in the Westfield Fife & Drum Corps. As an adult, her interest turned to her family and friends. She was particularly devoted to her two sons, coaching them in basketball and soccer, and serving as president of the Hampton Township Recreation Committee. Debbie worked in the Cougar Café at Kittatinny High School, where she could enjoy the company of her sons and their friends. Her greatest love was for her sons, grandson, friends and family.
Debbie is survived by her husband of 23 years, David M. Spies; her sons, D. Matthew Spies of Newton and Lance Corporal Christopher M. Spies of St. Mary, Georgia; her grandson, Christopher M. Spies of St. Mary, Georgia; her parents, Roger and Nancy Plantikow of Greentown, Pennsylvania; her sisters, Kimberly J. Plantikow of Margate, Lisa A. Iversen and husband, Timothy, of Chester, and Thane Plantikow and wife, Jennifer, of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada; her nieces, Jessica and Miranda; her nephews, Connor, Sean, Timothy, Harlan and Johnathan; and her cousins, Tim and Tom Plantikow.
A memorial visitation will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton. An Inurnment Committal Service will be held on Friday, September 27th, at 12 noon in the Stillwater Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Westfield, 1 East Broad Street, Westfield.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458 (www.braintumor.org). Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
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