Debra M. (Garmon) Fitzanko

12/22/1953 - 4/14/2015


PEKIN ~ Debra Marie Fitzanko, 61, of Pekin, passed away at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 14,2015 at UnityPoint Health - Methodist in Peoria.

Born December 22, 1953 to Ralph and Patricia (Stone) Garmon, she married Patrick Fitzanko in 1983 in Pekin. He survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Matthew (Cindy) Fitzanko and Patrick (Sonya) Fitzanko, both of Pekin; six grandchildren, Brandon, Amanda, John, Kyleigh, Savannah and Seth; one great-grandson, Tucker; one sister, Tina Palm of Pekin; three brothers, Patrick Garmon and Eddie Palm, both of Pekin and Frankie Palm of Bartonville; and one half-sister, Sherry Garmon of Springfield.

She was preceded in death by her father; mother and step-father, Kenneth Palm; and her grandparents.

Debra was a realtor with Allen & Associates in Pekin for over 20 years.

She was a long time member and past president of the Pekin Garden Club.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Debra loved gardening and her pets, especially Asia.

Debra was an active participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure after battling cancer on four separate occasions.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Mark Utech will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the funeral home to help the family with expenses.

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