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Debra Rae Chukuske

December 14, 1957 — March 28, 2023

Tracy, Minnesota

Deb Chukuske lost her quick yet courageous fight with cancer on March 28, 2023 surrounded by her family. Debra “Deb” Chukuske was born December 14, 1957 to Burdean and Dorothy “Dodie” Hartwig. She attended Welcome High School where she met the love of her life William “Bill” Chukuske. They were married April 14, 1979. Together they had three children: Sarah, Ryan and Megan.  

Deb loved to spend time with family and friends especially if it involved vacations or time by the pool. She had many hobbies and joys in life: playing Yahtzee, crafting, reading, playing Candy Crush, going for walks, and gardening. She even had a tradition of dancing “Down, Down Baby” with her Hartwig nieces and nephews at any family gathering. Deb also enjoyed watching the Vikings and Twins games. She would become very animated during the Vikings games and loved bantering with her son as he is an avid Packers fan. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.  Anyone who met Deb instantly knew she loved her family and had a caring heart. She is so loved and will be missed by all those who have had the pleasure to spend time with her.

Deb is survived by her husband Bill; daughter Sarah (Scott) Klimek; son Ryan (Megan) Chukuske; daughter Megan (Tim) Swanson; nine grandchildren: Brett Gerrard, Jada Swanson, Ian Her, Dominic Swanson, Brianna Swanson, Keely Klimek, Chloe Her, Bryson Klimek and Cian Chukuske; father Burdean Hartwig; sister Donna (Craig) Webb; brother Brian (Deb) Hartwig; brother Bruce (Tammy) Hartwig; sister-in-law Tammy Williams; sister-in-law Cindy (Wayne) Boler; brother-in-law Jamie Chukuske; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Deb is preceded in death by her mother Dodie Hartwig; mother-in-law Carol Chukuske; brother-in-law Danny Williams; and sister-in-law Monica Chukuske.

A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Prairie Home Hospice & Community Care, 1108 East College Drive, Marshall, MN 56528.

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