Debra Ann Spain

Debra “Debbie” Ann (Brenneman) Schmunck-Spain, age 71, of Stockbridge (Kenosha), passed away peacefully on December 9, 2021, at Oshkosh Mercy Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. 

Debbie was born November 12, 1950 to Robert and Lucille Brenneman in Gurnee, Illinois.  She was married to James L Schmunck on October 4, 1969, had 4 beautiful children, but was sadly widowed in 1992. Debbie met her second husband, Robert T Spain, was remarried on August 12, 1995 and added her husband’s 3 additional children to her wonderful family.

Debbie was a beautiful, caring woman that positively influenced so many people’s lives. Those that knew her would always say, she was the most selfless, kindest, loving woman, that anyone would be blessed to have known or have as a part of their life. She was always there for anyone that needed her, putting others’ needs before her own as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, niece, grandmother, great grandmother, caregiver and friend. Debbie spent many years of her life supporting and working alongside both of her husbands. She was a crafty, detailed woman and put her talents to use with her 1st husband, Jim, running Jim’s Bait Box. When it came to designing and tying thousands of lures and flies, she was there with him, every step of the way.  Then again with her 2nd husband, Bob, she put her skills to work helping him with his custom countertop business, Bob’s Cove Shop. Debbie also dedicated a huge portion of her life to helping others as a CNA for 30+ years and loved her work, caring for each of her patients as if they were her own family. 

When Debbie was not caring for the world, she found peace and joy in spending countless hours in her gardens, among all her beautiful flowers and watching and feeding the birds. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandkids, in the pool, at sporting events and at family gatherings. Debbie also loved to bake and always found time to crochet and knit all sorts of things for the people around her. She had a smile that could clear any cloudy day, and a wink that could give you peace of mind that she was watching, and everything would be ok.  Through multiple generations, Debbie was well-known throughout the community as, “Grandma Debbie” or “Mom”.  She loved having all the kids from the neighborhood over to swim, always had fudge pops and popsicles for all and never hesitated to share life lessons or advice with every kid that came over.  

Debbie’s faith and love for Jesus was strong, she always listened and never judged. She may not have always liked or agreed with certain things, but she would always give her opinion on how Jesus would want us to live and be. Debbie will be greatly missed, but never forgotten as her love and compassion lives on through each of us that were blessed enough to have known her.

Debbie was preceded in death by her Father, Robert Brenneman; 1st husband, James Schmunck; 2nd husband, Robert Spain; and other family: Rudolph Schmunck, William Spain, Nelly Spain, Lin Brenneman, Sandra Kobs, Dorthy Ashlin, Brenda Spain, Cleo(Dink) Spain, Neil Spain, Mollie Schmunck, James Ketchum, Terry (Fuji) Thiel.

Debbie is survived by her Mother, Lucille Brenneman; Mother-in-law, Vivian Dowgvillo; Siblings: Raymond Brenneman; Sandra(Jerry) Wiles; Denise(David) Fievor; Children: Tamara Ketchum, Tina(Patrick) Head, Jody(Brad) Juckem, Jeremiah(Nichole) Schmunck, Robert(Janet) Spain, Laurie(Louis) Shapiro, Cynthia Spain; Grandchildren: Ashlyn, Colten, Kali, Jordaine, Logan, Ethan, Steven, Shawn, Santana, Michael, Michelle, Jessica, Natalie, Mitchell, Brandon, Anna, Lindsey, Heather, Kristen; 14 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and adopted kids and grandkids from the Stockbridge Community.

The Family would like to give a special thanks to all the Caregivers from Calumet County, Iris and Hospice that were there to help Debbie over the last few years, we are all so grateful for everything you all did for her.  Thank You!

Visitation will be held jointly with Debbie’s late husband Robert on Saturday, January 8, 2022; Private viewing for immediate family will be from 1-2pm and open to the public from 2-5pm, with a short service for them both to follow at 5pm, at Wieting Funeral Home, located at, 411 W Main Street, Chilton, WI 53014. Debbie’s family would like to welcome all family and friends to share their special memories with everyone at the conclusion of the service.

Final resting place will be, Sunset Ridge Memorial Park, 4300 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI 53144