Debra Jo Rath

Debra Jo Rath, 63, of Springfield, died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at her home.

Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20 at Gieseking Funeral Home in Altamont. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21 at the Church of Christ in Effingham with Bill Clary officiating. Burial followed at Union Cemetery in Altamont. Memorials may be made to the Whoo Hoo Sisterhood or the donor’s choice. A celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date in Springfield. Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Debra Jo was born on Wednesday, March 9, 1955 in Effingham to Bruce E. and Mary Jo (Buzzard) Kessler. She was a member of Lakeside Church of Christ in Springfield. She retired from the Department of Professional Regulation with the State of Illinois. Debra was a member of the Women of the Outdoors and NRA and enjoyed working with stained glass, woodworking, baking, cooking, gardening, hunting, traveling, camping, and Harley riding; she was an all-around adventurist. She was proud of her family and was a devoted grandmother.

She is survived by her parents, Bruce and Mary Jo Kessler of Altamont; sons Aaron Rath of Springfield, and Andy Rath and his wife Jessica of Effingham; brother Daniel Kessler of Altamont; sisters Julie Seales and her husband Bart of Altamont, and Cindy Kessler of Fordville, N.D.; granddaughter Arabella Rath; nieces and nephews; granddog Jennings; and her best bud Bogey.

Deb was preceded in death by her grandparents.

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