Debbie Jean Kiviaho

Debbie Jean Kiviaho (nee Bailey), 53, of the town of West Bend, passed away on April 2, 2009.

Debbie was born on April 20, 1955, in Rochester, Minn., to Leon and Delores (nee Knutson) Bailey. She graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Babbitt, Minn., in 1973. She attended Detroit Lakes Business College from 1973 to 1975 for accounting. Debbie was united in marriage to Jeff Kiviaho in New York Mills, Minn., at the Apostlic Lutheran Church on Sept. 4, 1976. Debbie and Jeff moved to West Bend in 1976. She was the proud mother of three children. Debbie worked at Amity Leather from 1976 to 1998 in the accounting and sales department. She then went on to work at the Kohlís Department Store headquarters in marketing from 1999 until present. Debbie attended Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Bend. She will be fondly remembered for her love of flowers, quilting/crafting and especially camping trips. She played on bowling and softball teams and also loved to dance, go snowmobiling, and most of all, she loved caring for her loved ones and friends. She will be deeply missed by her family and co-workers.

Debbie is survived by her loving husband, Jeff, and her three children, Jason (fiance Kristin) of Jackson, Ryan (friend Kristie) of West Bend, Michele (friend Brad) of West Bend. She is further survived by her father- and mother-in-law, Edwin and Delores Kiviaho, of New York Mills, Minn.; brothers Gary Bailey of Babbitt, Minn., Daniel Bailey of Embarrass, Minn., Larry (Teresa) Bailey of Big Lake, Minn.; sister Jennifer (Larry) Holmes of Cloquet, Minn.; brother-in-law Tim (Ginnie) Kiviaho of New Folden, Minn.; nieces, nephews, other relatives, special friends and her puppy Abby Jo. Debbie was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service was held on Monday, April 6, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church, 462 Meadowbrook Dr., West Bend, with the Rev. Joseph Fisher officiating. Visitation was at the church only on Monday, April 6 from 4 p.m. until time of service. Memorials are appreciated to the American Diabetes Association.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.