Deborah Ann Reato

deborah reato

March 11, 1961 ~ July 13, 2015

Resided in: Grayson, GA

Deborah Reato, 54, of Grayson Georgia previous resident of Pembroke Pines, Florida passed away on July 13, 2015. Deborah was the Director of Veteran Success and the Director of the One Stop Shop at Georgia Gwinnett College. Deborah will be sorely missed by friends and family. Deborah is survived by 2 brothers, James Conchita, and Paul Sue , and sister Teresa and many loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father John and mother Mary Reato. Deborahs wish was to take care of her veterans at Georgia Gwinnett College, therefore the family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to and in tribute section enter Deborah Reato. Memorial to be held at a furture date.

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  1. Paul Reato says:

    Deb I will miss you so much ,you meant a lot to me. I was glad I was there for you just like you were always there for me.tell mom and dad hello and until we meet again goodby and I will never forget you love Paulie.

  2. Susan and Chip Hansen says:


    You will be missed by all who knew you. We will remember your banana pudding and your beautiful crafts.

    May you rest in peace.

  3. Jim Reato says:

    Deb, you will be sorely missed by everyone. You were the best sister a brother could ask for. You had many friends praying for you and your fight was courageous. Your passing was to early, but I know mom and dad welcomed you with open arms.. I know we will see each other again.I love you and miss you.


  4. Dean and Kathy Smith says:

    A thought of comfort and condolences. When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us.

  5. rennie naylor says:

    May you soar with the angels my friend!!! Rest in peace💕💕💕💕

  6. Joe and Kathy Menchini says:

    Dear Paul, Sue and all the Reato family,
    so sorry for the loss of your beautiful sister and friend. She faced her illness with courage and was blessed to have the love, care and support from her family. It is now her time to rest in eternal peace. I am sure she is in the arms of her your loving parents. We will keep Deborah and all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sending hugs and love,
    Joe and Kathy Menchini, Ottawa, Canada

  7. Teresa Switzer says:

    Not only a wonderful sister but my very best friend. How will I ever live knowing I can’t see you or talk to you every day! Love you and will miss you terribly.

  8. Teresa Switzer says:

    Not only a wonderful sister but my very best friend. How will I ever live knowing I can’t see you or talk to you every day! Love you and will miss you terribly.

  9. Kathy and Scott Elder says:

    I first met Debbie at Pauls’ & Scotts’ 35 years with ATT dinner. Following that, I appreciated her supportive role when attending Pauls’ close knit family gatherings. What struck me most about Debbie is, as is such with all my warm, supportive family of friends, her depth of understanding for the human condition. Debbie would be the one responsible for sharing with us yet another resource associated with giving back to something much bigger than ourselves. Because of beautiful Debbie, we now purchase practical items made by “Ten thousand villages,” a place dedicated to saving the lives of otherwise impoverished women and children in third world nations. Every time I receive notification of their present forward moving status, I think of Debbie with great value.

  10. Hugh Murphy says:

    I first met Debra when I came to Barry University. She was a regular at the Fine Arts Faculty lunch table and a deep and abiding friendship was forged. Debra was never more alive than when she was helping someone else….solve a problem, meet a challenge, achieve a goal. I was privileged to be one of the many people who lent their care and support during her final illness. She was a terrific example of how the care and love you put out into the world finally come back to you. She will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  11. Robin Wrobleski says:

    Debbie was an amazing woman, I worked with her for many years here at Barry University. She was so full of life, quick witted, funny, great cook, had a great shoulder to lean on. Deb, would have given the shirt off her back. I truly feel Blessed for having her as a friend.

  12. Nisa M. says:

    I remember when I was hired as one of the Work Studies for the Office of the Registrar where Ms. Reato worked at the time. It was a beautiful experience because of the warmth and love that came from the individuals with whom I worked. Ms. Reato treated me with such respect and sincerity. She was always so cheerful and full of wisdom. She took me under her wings as though she had known for longer than she did. There was just always some thing about her lovely presence–one I will cherish forever. I am saddened by her passing and will miss her daily updates via social media but my heart rejoices in knowing that she is no longer suffering in pain and most importantly, that she is in the arms of the Lord.

    Love you and miss you, D. Reato!

    My prayers continue to be with the family & loved ones.

  13. Edie says:

    I so enjoyed following you on Facebook and will miss your faith-filled posts. I am so glad you are at peace and dancing with the angels…our deepest condolences to your family, especially your sister, God bless you. Your journey has ended with peace and love.

  14. Donna Strachan says:

    Debbie was my mentor as well as my supervisor. My confidante. She was full of energy. Very generous. I missed her when she left Barry and Florida. I’m really gonna miss her now.

  15. John McFadden & Scott Kreiger says:

    To Debbie’s family and friends: please accept our condolences. There are no words to express our sadness. Debbie was a dear friend and Barry University co-worker. Just a few weeks ago, I asked her to be there when I reach the pearly gates. I have no doubt she will welcome us all with her gracious, fun-loving and vibrant spirit.

  16. Patti Dopico says:

    To Debbie’s family,

    Please accept my deepest condolences. May the lord comfort you during this very difficult time. Debbie and I worked together in Southern Bell AT & T together and then again at Barry University. She was a very sweet and fun loving person. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. May she rest in peace.

  17. Cynthia Chruszczyk says:

    Dear Debbie’s Family,
    I had the privilege of working with Debbie in the Registrar’s Office at Barry for several years. She was bright, talented and full of life. May she rest in God’s hands now. My deepest condolences.

  18. Cathy and Paul Bourguignon says:

    Dear Paul and Sue and family
    From all you have told us about Deborah, she sounded like a wonderful and caring individual. We know you will miss her terribly. Take solace in knowing that she knew how much you loved and cared for her as shown by all you did for her during her illness. She is now resting in the palm of God’s hand with no more pain and suffering. She is in eternal glory with all those you have loved who have gone before.

  19. Angie, Rey and Chelsea Fernandez says:

    Gone too soon. Treasure her memory and hold it close. Comfort from the pain of her loss to those who remain. Hold each other dear. We love you.

  20. Jenny Storey says:

    Debbie was a lovely woman with a great sense of humor and a strong spirit. She will be missed.
    Deepest condolences, Jenny Storey

  21. Ranjeev says:

    Debbie was an amazing person and she was one of my greatest
    influence. Debbie inspired me to
    go back to school and to succeed no matter what obstacle. Since Debbie left Barry University/Florida I have missed her greatly but I will cherish the memories and conversations of Bon Jovi and American Idol. Rest in peace my wonderful friend. To Debbie’s
    family, please accept my deepest condolences.

  22. Valerie says:

    I was sadden to hear the passing of Deborah Reato. I worked with Deborah at Barry University. May God Bless her and always be with her. God please bless the family of Deborah and give them stregnth to handle the lost of their Love One- Deborah Ann Reato. Blessing, Ms. Val

  23. Sherry and Bob Bohres says:

    We share comfort in knowing Debbie is no longer suffering. Death leaves heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

    Debbie will always be in our memory!

    Our love to her family,

    Sherry and Bob Bohres

  24. Kathy Poole says:

    My deepest sympathy & condolensces to the Reato family. Debbie was an amazing, inspiring person. She was so kind & had such a beautiful spirit. She will be missed greatly.
    ❤️ LOVE, HUGS, & PRAYERS ❤️

  25. Conchita Reato says:

    When I met Jim, Debbie and I became close friends and I have fond memories of those early times. Debbie was a very bright, considerate woman. I am always thankful for the way my children were accepted and loved by Debbie and the whole family. Thank you Reato family. I will always love you, Debbie. May you RIP.

  26. Diane Parrish Jacob says:

    The Reato family was always like my family. I love u all so sorry to say goodbye to Debbie. Debbie will always be with us and in our heart. Thank you girl for being a wonderful Godmother to Bryan and the best friend I could have had love u more

  27. Ron and Nancy says:

    Loved Debbie like a sister. We were blessed to know her as a little girl full of energy, and as a beautiful young woman who showed strength and compassion even as her days grew short. We will miss you Sweet Debbie and you’ll always be alive in our hearts. Our love and prayers to the Reato family- Jimmy, Teresa and Paulie and their families.

  28. David and Pauline says:

    We knew Debbie through our friendship with her brother Paul.
    We never had the chance to meet her, but grew to admire her strength and fortitude in her battle.
    Fine lady.

  29. JUANITA says:

    I remember her as a little girl when I first met the Reato’s and am glad to have followed her on Facebook. She fought hard and was loved by many people who will miss her.She will always live on in the memories and hearts of those who loved her.

  30. carolyn & sammy says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.

  31. Lois Richardson says:

    May you find peace in the memories of your loved one. She was a very special part of the GGC Grizzly family and will be missed.

  32. Barbara Martin says:

    Sending our deepest sympathy to the Reato family. We are so glad that we were able to meet Debbie last Fall and that she got to meet Matt. Debbie’s love for Chrissy and her whole family was so evident. She will be so missed. Sending love and sympathy to the whole family.
    Ernie and Barbara Martin

  33. Barbara & Glenn Moffett says:

    We will remember your infectious laugh and your fabulous sense of humor. You always showed such kindness to everyone you came in contact with. May you rise in glory and soar with the Angels.

  34. Kay says:

    I had the privilege of working with Deb on several problems. She was professional, upbeat and had a great sense of humor. She will be sorely missed. Her positive attitude was an inspiration to all of us at GGC. “You fought a good fight and now can rest – ’til we meet again.”

  35. Justin Jernigan says:

    Although I did not know Debbie long, her caring and concern for students and others was evident in her work and life. She will certainly be missed by her colleagues at Georgia Gwinnett College. My sincere condolences and wishes for comfort, Justin Jernigan

  36. Dawn & David Matson says:

    Debbie will be greatly missed. My fondest memory is of Debbie’s smile and laughter. She was also so much fun to be around.

    Our deepest sympathy to the Reato family.

    Dawn and David Matson

  37. Art Giroux says:

    Paul and Family
    Sincere heart felt sympathy at this very difficult time. Take comfort in that her weary hours and days of pain are past. May she have eternal peace and joy .

  38. penny stone says:

    May god welcome you with open arms no more pain

  39. penny stone says:

    May god welcome you with open arms no more pain

  40. Gene & Theresa says:

    Our sympathy to the Reato family. There will be another angel in heaven named Debbie.

  41. Gloria Zenere Sparks says:

    Debbie, was a wonderful cousin and good friend. I remember how she loved to bake, but if the finished product did not look like the picture, she would toss it and start over. She loved her Sister and Brothers. She adored her nieces, loved her relatives and her friends. She will be missed, but will live on in our memories. She is in a better place, where there is no suffering or pain. God Bless her and all that she left behind. Love to her family, Cousin Gloria

  42. Frank and Faye Zenere Jr. says:

    Debbie, was one of the sweetest, caring, brightest and bravest young women we have ever known. We will miss you always. Love your cousins, Frank and Faye Zenere

  43. Stella Carroll says:

    Deb was so great to work with. She was so energetic and full of life. I loved talking with her and she had the cutest laugh. She will surely be missed. She is now with the other angels. God Bless, May you rest in Peace.

  44. Lawanda Donneys says:

    To Debbie’s Family,
    My heart and prays goes out to you all. Rest in peace my friend.

  45. Rose says:

    Debbie will be missed but definitely not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

  46. Kathija says:

    I will miss my dear colleague with whom I had the pleasure of working with at GGC. She was an advocate for the students she met on a daily basis. Debbie has left behind warm memories and will be forever remembered at the OSS.
    Rest in peace my dear friend.

  47. Wendy Anderson says:

    Debbie was a joy to work with at GGC. As a Navy mom I especially appreciated all she did for our veterans at GGC. She will be deeply missed!

  48. Darrah Henry says:

    Debbie was so sweet to me and she always had a witty comment to make me smile/laugh on days when she didn’t even know how much I needed that. I will always remember her fondly. My heart goes out to her family. Peace and blessings to you all.

  49. Melinda Spencer says:

    Debbie was a special member of our GGC family. I will miss her, and so will many others who had the opportunity to work with and get to know her. She touched many students’ lives while here, especially through her work with the One Stop Shop and Veterans Success. Her legacy will continue!

  50. Diana says:

    Though I worked with you briefly, you were a wonderful spirit. God bless.

  51. Gene Ruffin says:

    Debbie will be missed at GGC

  52. Patricia Ramlow says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Debbie’s family! May you find comfort in knowing that she touched so many lives! I met Debbie at Barry University. We served together in the QIP Committee, we attended classes and studied together towards our Master degree, we carpooled, we laughed and cried together. I will always remember her as a smart, kind, giving, loving and beautiful person with a great sense of humor, an artist, a teacher, and a caring friend. You are missed dear friend and I feel blessed for having known you. We will meet again!

  53. Christina says:

    Oh my dear Aunt Debbie….. You are so missed! You have showed me culture and crafts, and so much more. We walked the swamp with Clyde Butcher. We have done so much together and I can’t believe your gone. Don’t worry about dad your brother Paul I will take care of him. I love you so much! Chrissy Critter

  54. Roger Ozaki says:

    I will always remember her smile, and her pleasant personality. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family during this time of great sorrow.

  55. Nildy Polanco says:

    Debbie was the kind of friend that you could count on to chase away the dark clouds. I owed so much to her. She trained me when I went to
    work at the School of Education. No question was too trivial for her. She shared her knowledge openly and enthusiatically . When the position opened for the Executive Assistant to the Provost, she didn’t give up reassuring me that I could do it. Her encouragement was sincere. Anyone who really knew Debbie could see that her greatest joy came in doing everything in her power to help her friends excel.
    I will miss my friend

  56. Jay & Mary Cope says:

    Dear Paul, Sue and family. Please accept our most sincere condolences and prayers on Debbie’s passing. We loved her and will miss her terribly. We always looked forward to seeing her at your get-togethers, and will miss her sweet smile and funny laugh. I know I will miss her hugs every time we saw her. I know that she’s with God now and He has another angel. Love you all, Jay and Mary Cope

  57. Marcos and Elaine Filos says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Reato family and friends, so sorry for your loss.

  58. Mike Lyons says:

    I am a friend to Paul Reato and worked at BellSouth with him for many years in Miami. He recently informed me about his sister Deborah who had been battling cancer. Paul had been taking trips to Ga. during her final days and I commend him as being a loving brother. I express my condolences to Paul and family during this sad time and prayers are being sent for Deborah.

  59. Marie Firestone says:

    Debbie is such a wonderful person to work with — what with her infectious smile, creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication to the students of GGC. I will sorely miss her as a colleague and as a GGC family member. My heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones.

  60. Mark Alan Johnson says:

    Dear Debbie:

    You made a difference to many veterans and students you served.


  61. Janette Roszell says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Debbie was a tireless advocate for the service men and women that chose GGC. She will be greatly missed.

  62. Nancy Grattan says:

    Debbie will always be missed greatly by her friends and coworkers in Enrollment Management at GGC. She was a remarkable person and friend.

  63. Clare Kelly says:

    God bless you Debbie. I remember when a few of us co-workers would get together to attend artistic scrap-booking classes.It was great fun to be with her. She just beamed with that creative spirit in her. She will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace.

  64. Celenia Kiernan says:

    Debbie’s warm laughter and generous spirit will be missed at GGC. The love and dedication she showed “her veterans” as she called them were a testament to her kind heart. Always the conversationalist, Debbie was hardly ever at a loss for words. There were many times that I enjoyed taking a break from my busy workday to sit down in her office and shoot the breeze. Debbie, you hold a special place in the heart of your co-workers. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His Hand.

  65. Jessica Martinez says:

    Although I only knew Debbie a few short years, I am grateful that she was a part of my life. There were times that she saw potential in me, even when I did not see it in myself. She always found a way, whether she knew it or not to lift me up. I admired her strength and will miss her very much. Sending prayers for her family.

  66. Louanne says:

    My dearest friend Debbie is gone but will never be forgotten.It was an honor to work with her.Always full of life and energy.In her short life Debbie touched so many lives.I will always cherish my friendship and memories of Debbie.May you rest in peace my friend.Until we meet again.

  67. carmen aguiar says:

    I love you since the day a meet you. 1986.Siempre en mi Corazon y en mi Familia Carmen and Family. amen.

  68. Dan Ewing says:

    Debbie was simply the best at her job, with a great can-do attitude and a delightful sense of humor. She’s been deeply missed at Barry since her departure. And by the Fine Arts lunch “gang,” who always considered ourselves lucky on those days when she joined us for lunch. She added a lot to the merriment and wit of our noon conversations.

  69. Patti Wolff-Kenner says:

    OMG Teresa, Paulie & Jimmy! I am so very sorry. I have looked Debbie up several times in the past but was never able to find a number for her. The last time I saw her was your Mom’s funeral. I am so sorry I lost touch with my best friend. I wish I could have been there for her. I would think about her often and every time it did I tried to find her again. I am sitting here in shock. She was too young. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Love, Patti

  70. Mercy Lorenzo says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Debbies’s passing. We worked together at AT&T for a few years in the Area office in Westchester building! I didn’t know it then but we went to same elementary school and High school we were NDA sisters without knowing it! My prayers are with her family, I will always remember her always happy and cheerful and making us laugh! Rest in peace my friend! Mercy Lorenzo

  71. Luis Caso says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. We were good friends at Corpus Christi School in Miami. My condolences to her family.

  72. Doris Corveas says:

    I went to Corpus Christi school with Debbie. She was always so upbeat and witty. I found out of her passing through Patti, another classmate. My deepest condolences to her family, and friends. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.

  73. Eleanor Seymore says:

    May she be at peace and may her family be strong.

  74. Eleanor Seymore says:

    May she be at peace and may her family be strong.

  75. Ana Keveney says:

    I am sorry to hear of this. My condolences to her family.

  76. Ana Keveney says:

    I am sorry to hear of this. My condolences to her family.

  77. Margaret Robinson says:

    Debra is now in her after this no more pain. Rest in Peace

  78. Aracely Martinez aka Shelly Martin says:

    Last I saw Debbie was back in Jr.High School, how can I not remember her, she was so cheerful and kind.
    I so looked forward to catching up @ the class reunion, guess I’ll have to wait and meet her in heaven. RIP MY FRIEND

  79. Silvia says:

    What great times we had with Debbie sitting around the lunch table. Always fun. She will not be forgotten.

  80. Dave Fletcher says:

    Debbie was generous in so many ways, especially in inspiring people to always do their best. She always supported a bike ride I did for HIV/AIDS every year. I loved working with her at Barry. May the fond memories we all have help ease this great loss. May she rest in the arms of our loving God now.

  81. Raymond Zenere says:

    Debbie was one of the kindest, most compassionate people I know. I will miss our wonderful phone conversations where we critiqued Project Runway, her fabulous sense of humor, creativity and beautiful art. She was my cousin, my friend, my confidant. She will always be a part of me as I know her spirit dwells within me. Rest in peace my dear one until we see each other again.

  82. Denise, Joe, & Josh Bennett says:

    Debbie was a good friend to all. My thoughts are with her brothers, sister, nieces, and nephew. We will miss her very much. May God bless her soul.

  83. Roxanne Davies says:

    Dear Family and Friends of Debbie Reato,
    Debbie served with us on a Quality Improvement Committee at Barry University for many years. Her upbeat spirit and can do attitude was contagious to us all. Whenever you needed someone to pitch in and help make something positive happen at the University, Debbie was there to help. We missed her when she moved to Georgia and we will miss her even more now.

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