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Debi R. Schliesman, age 64, of Irving, TX, died on February 17, 2018, in Carrolton, TX.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank, SD. Fr. Gary DeRouchey will be the celebrant. Burial will be in the St. Lawrence Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 23, at Mundwiler Funeral Home from 5 -7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Casket bearers will be: Alan Schliesman, Bill Hartman, Brandon Fifield, Justin Fifield, Michael Schliesman, and Paul Titze. Honorary bearers will be: Chuck Hanson, Don Boe, Eric Titze, Jason Helmer, Johnny Taylor, Leon Schliesman, and Mark Brown.
Debi R. Schliesman was born on October 6, 1953, to Robert and Rita (Langley) Henneberger in Chattanooga, TN. She had two sisters: Patti and Barbara. Debi attended high school and completed her GED. She worked as an airplane technician where it was her responsibility to work on the wiring and electrical components of the aircraft.
Debi met her sweetheart, Brian K. Schliesman, in Pomona, CA, and married him on Valentine’s Day (February 14) 1981 in Mesquite, TX. From this union they had two children: Michelle and Michael. Debi was involved with the children’s activities in church and school. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Irving, TX. Debi would volunteer to chaperone and drive to different events. She also worked as the playground monitor and assisted with lunch duties. The family continued to reside in Mesquite until 1995 when they moved to Irving. Debi continued to reside in Irving until her passing.
Debi’s family was the most important factor in her life and they all knew how much she loved each and every one of them. Debi was always full of life and involved in many activities such as: bowling, fishing, camping with the family, and being outdoors. Debi was a “bingo fanatic” and loved going to the casinos with her sister Patti for the weekend. Brian and she would go on boat rides that she thoroughly enjoyed, even when she was not doing well. Debi was not the type of person to complain, she was the total opposite. She would put others before herself and make sure they were taken care of. She was compassionate and selfless. Debi was committed to what she felt was right and trying to change her mind was not an option.
Traveling was not always easy, but a fishing trip to South Carolina and a trip to Florida with Mike’s family was enjoyed. They made many trips back to South Dakota to visit those she loved.
Debi was head strong and rose to any challenge no matter what it meant for her. She did not turn her back on anything or anyone. If she started something, everyone knew she was going to finish it.
Cherishing her memory are her husband, Brian; daughter, Michelle (Johnny) Taylor of Forney, TX; son, Michael (Carrie) Schliesman of Watertown, SD; sisters: Patti (Roger) Conley of Grand Saline, TX and Barbara (Pete) Oliva of Chicago, IL; two brothers: James Michael (Lisa) French Jr. of Lubbock, TX, and Bobby (Leann) French of Denton, TX; aunt, Carma (James Sr.) French of DeKalb, TX; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Leon (Kathy) Schliesman of Milbank, SD; Donald "Don" (Debbie) Butler of Plano, TX; seven grandchildren: Brandon Fifield, Justin Fifield, Breanna Taylor, Stefanie Monday, Josh Taylor, Madelyn Schliesman, and Brenden Schliesman; two great-grandchildren: Austin Monday and Rylan Fifield; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Preceding Debi in death are: Rita Langley, James French Sr., Ruth Agnes French, and Sam Butler.
MEMORIALS IN HER NAME CAN BE SENT DIRECTLY TO TEXAS ONGOLOGY-IRVING AND VITAS HOSPICE. Please see information on this site.
VITAS Hospice Unit at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center
4343 N. Josey Ln. 4th Fl., Carrollton TX 75010
2021 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 400, Irving TX 75061