Deborah “Debbie” Powers

Deborah Jean “Debbie” Powers, age 65 of Somerset, WI, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones. Deborah was born September 19, 1954 in Hudson, WI, to Bernard and Mary (Gorski) Gutting. She went to Ellsworth High School, with the Class of 1972. On September 29, 1972, Debbie was united in marriage to Bruce Powers at the Hartland Methodist Church. Their lives were blessed with five children, Robert, Stephanie, Katherine, Candace, and Daniel.

Debbie worked hard as a farm wife, and lovingly raised her family. She had a green thumb and took pride in tending to her vegetable gardens and house plants. She enjoyed crafting, cooking and baking for her family and was especially known for her homemade cinnamon rolls. Debbie delighted in listening to Elvis, The Oak Ridge boys, and The Statler brothers, as music was very important to her. She enjoyed scratch off tickets and trying her luck at the casino. She was a devoted Green Bay Packer fan, who loved cheering on her team, but never actually watched them play because she feared she would jinx the chance at them winning. She was always up for watching a good horror movie, she loved the thrill from watching them, especially Alfred Hitchcock and the Twilight Zone. Debbie had a way of bringing smiles to those around her with her caring heart and outlandish jokes. She had a knack for remembering everyone’s birthday and would always try her best to give a personalized gift and that gift would be remembered from anyone else’s. During her younger years with the grandkids she enjoyed playing videogames with them, her favorites were Pac Man, Bubble Bobble and Super Mario Brothers. Debbie cared so much for her family and enjoyed spending time with them, whenever there was a family get together she was sure to be the life of the party.

Debbie will remain in the hearts of her children, Robert Cree of Chetek, WI, Stephanie Powers (Korey Green) of Hager City, WI, Katherine (Aaron) Powers-Johnson of Stillwater, MN, Candace Powers of Menomonie, WI, and Daniel Powers of Hixton, WI; grandchildren, Shawn, Emily, Elizabeth, and Olivia Swenson; step-grandchildren, Kooper Green, Dylan & Ian Zeilinger-Johnson; siblings, Edward Gutting of Bridgewater, SD, Lori (DuWayne) Johnson of Ellsworth, WI, Christopher (Heidi) Gutting of Beldenville, WI, Gloria (William) Brunell of Sierra Vista, AZ, Phillip (Sandra) Gutting of Green Bay, WI, Bernadine Peacock of Geneva, IA, and Mary Nelson of Latimer, IA; sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Gutting of Marshalltown, IA and Holly Gutting-Van Ellen of Parkersburg, IA; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Mary Gutting; brothers, Robert and Lawrence Gutting; sister-in-law, Kathleen Gutting; brothers-in-law, Richard Peacock and Brian Nelson; and nephew, Jonathan Peacock.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, private services will take place. Burial will take place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Ellsworth. A Celebration of Debbie’s life will take place at a later date for family and friends to come together.

Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth (715) 273-4421.


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