On March 20, 1961 Debbie Lynn was born to Bill and Phyllis (Potter) Gaberseck and was destined to be full of life. A baby girl, with golden hair, she joined older brother, Billy Gaberseck, and then later younger brother, Larry (Mona) Gaberseck, and younger sister, Patty (Jess) Wilson.
Debbie graduated from Coudersport High School in 1979, which was the same year her son, Robert (Abbi) Rossman was born and 5 years later her son Jason (Liz) Rossman added to her family.
On October 22, 1988 she married the love her life, Geoff Mahaley. Together they built their business now known as Mahaley’s Outdoor Power Equipment. In June of 1989 she had her youngest son John (Maureen) Mahaley. Debbie and Geoff enjoyed many years together until November of 2016 when Geoff was called home.
The past few years Debbie has spent her time continuing to help JW with the business that her and Geoff built. In the recent years Debbie has spent time with her partner, Kenny Ruter, who has been by her side and a comfort to her. Debbie enjoyed running Leona’s Greenhouse with Kenny and his daughter, Jessica Ruter. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, trips to the lake fishing and of course riding her buggy.
Debbie’s earthly story ended this past Sunday, October 22, 2023, in Hamot Hospital in Erie after a brief illness. She is loved by her family and 8 grandchildren, as well as her nieces and nephews. As well as her best friend in shenanigans, Beth. Debbie has touched so many lives over the years with her genuine loving heart and will be missed by many. She will be forever be remembered as the life of the party.
Family and friends may call from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at the Coudersport American Legion, 2 Buffalo Street, where a memorial service will follow at 3pm with Pastor Frank Mickle, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport American Legion Post 192, 2 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Debbie’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Debbie, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page