Life Story / Obituary
Grand Rapids, MI
Debra Ann Velchansky, age 69, passed away December 9, 2020 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. Debra was born September 25, 1951 in Detroit, MI to the late Milan and Gloria Velchansky. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Milan “Mel” Velchansky Jr, Kathleen Doss, and Cynthia White.
Born in Detroit then moving to the Oden area in her late teen years, Debra enjoyed all the aspects of her life along with the people in it. After graduation, Debra moved back down to the Detroit area then headed west to Grand Rapids, making Grand Rapids her permanent home.
Debra will be remembered for her warm personality, her friendly conversations and the love for her family. She enjoyed taking photographs, traveling, visiting casinos and playing bingo. Debra’s main love in life was the people around her, her family, friends, or even a stranger who would like to strike up a conversation. She always put others before herself, she was always the light of the room. She will be tremendously missed.
Debra is survived by her son, David Velchansky of Greenville; sister, Patricia Velchansky of Indian River; brother, Joseph (Karen) Velchansky of Stanton; and her nieces and nephews, Joey, Mike, Krissy, Bo, Gary, Jennifer, Kimberly, Tiffany, Jessica, Joseph, Britney and Brian.
According to her wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be planned once the COVID restrictions are eased.