Deborah A. Jabas

Date of Death: Aug 31, 2013
Deborah A. Jabas
[highlight_text] (1951 – 2013) [/highlight_text] Deborah A. (Debbie) Jabas, 62, of Waupun died Saturday, August 31, 2013 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.


[leftcolumn] Debbie was born May 22, 1951 in Appleton, WI, the daughter of Richard and Nancy St. Louis Jabas. Debbie attended Appleton schools and graduated from Appleton East High School. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders. On August 28, 1974 she married Neil Gleason in Silver Lake, New York. The couple resided in Syracuse, New York for about a year where Neil taught school and then moved to Owen, WI where Debbie taught at Owen-Withee schools for three years as a speech therapist. In 1978 they moved to Waupun where she worked for CESA 6 (Cooperative Educational Services Agency 6) out of Oshkosh for many years. The last ten years of her career were spent at The Early Learning Center in North Fond du Lac where she was an instructor in Early Childhood Special Needs, a position which was the highlight of her career. She especially loved working alongside the other early childhood educators – affectionately known as “the sisters”. Debbie was a member of the Union-Congregational Church in Waupun.

Debbie is survived by her husband, Neil Gleason of Waupun; daughter, Emily (Erik) Wettersten of Golden, CO; her mother, Nancy Bruce of Summit Lake, WI; sister, Wendy (Mark) Laux of Brown Deer; brother, Russell (Lisa) Jabas of Appleton; two step-sisters, Sue (William) Hamilton of Madison and Sharon (Dan) Kohl of Appleton; step-brother, Steve (Gail) Bruce of Neenah; and many other relatives and friends.

Debbie was preceded in death by son, Benjamin (Ben) Gleason on March 11, 2013; her father, Richard Jabas; and step-father, William Bruce.


[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives of Debbie may call on the family at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Memorial services for Deborah Jabas will be held Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Union-Congregational Church in Waupun with Rev. Mark Arbisi officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Memorial Contributions: [/highlight_text] The family requests memorials be directed to Recovery Foundation (an affiliate of Connections Counseling) 5005 University Avenue, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53705 or online at to make a donations which will provide funding for uninsured young people in need of alcohol and drug treatment.



  1. John and Judy Martinez Says: September 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Dear Emily, Erik and Family,

    John and I are so very sorry to hear about your loss. We will be praying for your strength during this very difficult time.

  2. John & Judy Martinez Says: September 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Emily & Family..

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you & your entire family. Please let us know how we can help during these tough times.


    John & Judy Martinez

  3. Kaycie and Sherwin Artus Says: September 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Emily, we are thinking of you and your family. Your beautiful mother’s death was so unexpected, we can only imagine what a shock this was. Our hearts are with you.
    Kaycie and Sherwin

  4. Shelly Muche Says: September 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Debbie’s dedication to her job and the work she did with my son will always be appreciated. I am so sorry for your loss.

  5. Betty Ehnes Says: September 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Neil and Emily,

    I wish I had some special words to comfort you. Our whole family sends their sympathy and love.

    Boo and family

  6. Mary Stierna Says: September 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Neil and Emily. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  7. Donna Schuldes Says: September 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Dear Nancy and Family — I was saddened to read Debbie’s obit in the P-C. We never expect to have to travel this path in our lives. I did not know Debbie, but I know you, Nancy; and I’m sure she reflected your warmth, love, and caring ways. She is with three of the most important men in her life now — Ben, Richard, and Bill.
    I have learned lately to take each day one step at a time, and God will take care of the rest and I know it is difficult.
    Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to all of you — the Jabas and Bruce families, and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless! Donna Schuldes

  8. Neil, I was so surprised and saddened to see Debbie’s obituary. I see you recently lost your son as well so I cannot begin to guess how difficult this is. You and your family are in my prayers.

  9. Neal: So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Lynn and Randy Kroll Says: September 5, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Dear Neil and Family,
    It is with heart felt sadness that we send this note of condolence. We hope that close friends and wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.
    With Sympathy, Randy and Lynn Kroll
    (High Cliff Yacht Club)

  11. Lori Shields Says: September 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Emily sending you and your family love to comfort you….the greatest tribute to your Mom is that she raised you, a beautiful, lovely,, caring, kind smart young lady! We are all lucky to know you.

  12. Rick & Pat Miller Says: September 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Oh Neil, Emily & Erik, we are so sad…we have been thinking of you since the phone call last Saturday. Our hearts and thoughts and prayers are with you all at this terribly sad time. Debbie was a wonderful woman whose warmth and love will always be remembered. We love you.

  13. Craig & Barb Blumer Says: September 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm


    We were shocked and so sorry to hear about Debbie. We are out of town and unable to attend her funeral. Please know we have been thinking about you and your family and that you are in our prayers. We are making a donation with the Recovery Foundation in Debbie’s name. You have our deepest sympathy.

  14. Tom & Linda Brossia Says: September 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Good Afternoon Emily,

    Linda & I send of condolance. We were sadended to read Kirk’s Email about you mother.

    We are sorry it has been such a dificult year for you & your family.

    Love, Tom & Linda Brossia

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