Deborah Ann McGovern, 60, of Mora, Minn. passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at home with family by her side.
Debee was born May 10, 1953 to Robert and Charlotte Stanius. Debee grew up in Isanti County on the family farm near Long Lake with her sister, Cheryl. Debee attended Long Lake Country School and went on to graduate from Cambridge High School in 1971. She loved the arts, flowers and photography; her first job was at Elaines Flowers in Isanti. On July 20, 1974 she married Chuck McGovern at Long Lake Lutheran Church. Chuck was a classmate and they lived on Lake Francis in Isanti County. The following year she purchased the Mora Flower and Gift Shop. They moved to Mora to raise their three boys; Andrew, 31, Rob, 28, and Clint, 27. After selling the flower shop years later, she helped to run the family business and worked part-time at Oak Gallery. Between working and raising the boys she was very active at Grace Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, serving on the Church Council and many other church committees.
Debee loved to volunteer for the community. She was very active with the Mora Vasaloppet skiing the race for many years with her boys and serving as a Kransculla. Debee also skied the Vasaloppet in Sweden and Japan. She believed in and supported the Mora Schools by serving on the School Board and the Mora Education Foundation and by her involvement in a variety of school functions. The family has many memories of trips to Mexico, Hawaii, Florida, Lake of the Woods and the family lake cabin. Debee also loved to travel with her girlfriends. Debee loved any and all things that involved her family or her friends and was always ready to help. Debee was very much loved by her husband and sons and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Debee is preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte Stanius.
She is survived by her husband, Chuck of Mora, Minn.; son Drew (Allison) of St. Louis, son Rob and grandchildren Noah and Nevaeh of Cambridge, Minn., son Clint (Monica) of Isanti, Minn.; her father, Robert Stanius of Isanti, Minn., sister Cheryl (Dave) Deiman and nephews David and Will of Minneapolis, sister-in-law Nan (Harvey) Hendrix of Talladega, Ala.; nieces and nephew Hillary, Zane, and Caitlin; and many other relatives and dear friends.
We love you and miss you Debee -Chuck, Drew, Rob, Clint, and Callie (dog)
A Memorial Service was held Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Douglas Larson officiating. Music was provided by Jacki Peterson, Betty Smith and the church choir. Readers were Carol Hushagen, Beatta Hillman and Ruth Mills. Honorary Urn Bearer was Cathy Malecha. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Long Lake Community Cemetery in Isanti. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.