Debbie A. Tunks

Debbie A. Tunks, age 58, of Sturtevant, WI passed away unexpectedly on June 26, 2020, at her cabin in Adams County, WI that she loved dearly.

Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the Niebull Cemetery in Big Flats, WI. Rev. John Krebs will officiate.

Debbie was born on February 19, 1962, in Racine, Wisconsin to Robert and Phyllis (Neumiller) Podella. She graduated from Bradford High School in Kenosha. Debbie married Joseph Tunks on November 11, 1981, in Adams County. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, being outdoors, and especially spending time with family & grandchildren.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents Robert & Phyllis.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; daughter, Diane (Jermaine) Richmond; son, Joseph Tunks Jr. daughter, Phyllis Tunks; grandchildren, Deon, Christina, Kiannah, Tiara, Julianna, Je T’aime, and Alexander; 3 sisters Sandy (David) Fischer, Barb (Orville) Slagle, and Susan (Phillip) Weaver. Debbie is further survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

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  1. Debbie Schmidt says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts and in our hearts. Sincerely, Debbie & Ron Schmidt

  2. Cathy J Mitchell says:

    Condolences to the family. Debra and I were great friends working in Racine.
    We spent alot of time together.
    God bless the family

  3. Jack C. Raschke says:

    So sorry to hear this, Sending love and condolences to all who knew her. Rest in peace, Debbie.

  4. Ron and Roe Ellis says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Joe and all of Debbie’s family. Hugs to all, Ron & Roe Ellis

  5. Susan Forgianni Erickson says:

    My deepest sympathy to Joe and the family. Debbie & I had a great memories when we were growing up. Love ya Debbie. Going to miss ya. Rest In Peace

  6. Dulcie Dissmore Schoff says:

    I am soo sorry..condolences to the whole family..i went to school with Debbie since elementary. Her sister and I just had talked about the family had just all had a get together..i am so glad you all had time to spend together.

  7. Steve and Patti Fischer says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Joe and his family! Sending prayers at this difficult time!..May Debbie now rest in peace. God Bless Patti and Steve Fischer

  8. Tomeca says:

    Tilly my heart goes out to you and ur family in this time of need. I am one person who can say I feel ur pain, I am praying for you and ur family… May ur mother R.I.P.

  9. Ray Duczak says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Joe and Family. May she rest in peace. Ray and Kim Duczak

  10. Judith Neumiller says:

    Debbie and I have become sisters, instead of cousins. We spent wonderful days ATV’ing the dunes of Adams, cooking over fires, laughing about family over drinks! She IS my Big Flats. I am not sure how to go forward without her there. We had such wonderful plans, and always wanted to do so much there.

    Our last conversation was so filled with hope about her new place looking over the valley! They were so excited about everything, and having room for all the family to visit.
    I will miss her cooking. She made the most wonderful food. Bud and I loved having dinner with her and Joe, we never walked away wanting.
    She loved her birds, and the animals all around the cabin. We laughed about the coyotes and the wolves.
    We shared the same dream of living a peaceful life in Big Flats.

    God knows when it is time. He knew this was her time. She is in a home that is better and more beautiful then she could ever plan. She is without pain and fear. She is with her mom and dad, those who loved her and went before her.

    We will miss her. She made an impact in my life and in my children’s. She was wonderfully fiesty and spoke her mind. We loved to challenge each other over silly things like “making prairie” and land borders. She gave my daughter the nickname “mudpuppy” after our ATV’ing, and she always made sure Jeremiah cleaned up his mess.

    I loved you dearly Deb, and will never forget your insight.

  11. ROSE PODELLA says:

    Joe and family,
    Such a shock Joe and I am so sadden at this news. Prayers and comfort to you to get through this difficult time. Debbie is at Peace and I will always remember the fun young years and later. I know Debbie loved the up North, just like her dad did so much.
    May Debbie Rest in Peace.
    Love and concern,
    Aunt Rose