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Official Obituary of

Deborah A. James

January 15, 1958 ~ February 28, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Deborah James Obituary

SALEM - Deborah Ann James, 66, passed away Wednesday afternoon, February 28, 2024, at University Hospital in Parma.

Deborah, know to all as Debbie, was born on January 15, 1958, in Youngstown, OH the daughter of Charles and Vi (McGraw) Fitch.

Debbie was a 1976 graduate of Liberty High School. She retired from the ESC as a Para Educator in 2003. Prior to becoming a Para Educator, Debbie worked in the food service industry with Ike's and Denny's Restaurants. Her interests included baking, gardening, word searches, and planning games for holiday parties. Debbie was a fixture at local farmer’s markets until the pandemic and wanted to be known for baking. She also enjoyed monster movies, "the cheesier the better.”

Her husband, Robert James Jr. passed away November 4, 2021. Debbie leaves two sons, Timothy James and his wife Sara of Salem, and William James with whom she made her home; three sisters, Sandy Bennett of Cleveland, Pam Protain of Liberty Twp, and Brenda Bedio of Newport News, VA., as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Robert Jr.; and her parents, Charles and Vi, Deborah was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Freet; and a niece, Donna Jean Protain.

Friends and family will be received from 5 to 6 PM Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at Stark Memorial Funeral Home, where a funeral service will immediately follow at 6:00 PM with Daniel P. Madden officiating.

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March 6, 2024

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Stark Memorial
1014 East State Street
Salem, OH 44460

Funeral Service
March 6, 2024

6:00 PM
Stark Memorial
1014 East State Street
Salem, OH 44460


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