Debra H. Behnke

Debra H. Behnke, nee Harms, 49, of Hartford, after a courageous battle with cancer, went to be with her Lord, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005 at SynergyHealth St. Joseph’s Hospital, town of Polk.

She was born Feb. 20, 1956 in Rutland, Ill. to Walter and Patsy (nee Hubert) Harms, and married Ed Behnke on July 26, 1986 at Redeemer Lutheran, Hartford.

After earning a degree in elementary education from Illinois State University, Deb worked as a substitute teacher.

She then devoted her life to home schooling her two youngest children.

In addition, she co-founded a home school library called T.E.A.C.H. Library.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed weaving baskets.

Deb was also a volunteer usher at the Schauer Arts and Activities Center.

She instilled a love for the Lord Jesus Christ in her entire family and she always tried to live by His example.

Survivors include her husband Ed; two sons, Benjamin Vogel (Katrina Resh) of Elkhorn and Adam Behnke of Hartford; a daughter, Kaitee Behnke of Hartford; her mother, Patsy (Herve) Dagesse of Sun City West, Ariz.; a sister, Nancy (Von) Kauffman of Katy, Texas and her mother-in-law, Ida Behnke of Rubicon.

She is further survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Harms.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Shimon Funeral Home, Hartford.

Rev. Doug Livingston and Rev. John Bass will officiate, and interment will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hartfrd.

Family will greet relatives and friends on Monday from 2 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society, or the charity of one’s choice are appreciated.