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In Memory of Debra Korthof


August 13, 1962 - May 28, 2020

Debra J. Korthof, age 57, of Hayward, WI lost her battle with cancer on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.

Deb was born August 13, 1962 in Franklin Park, IL the daughter of Walter and Eleanor (Richard) Warzel.  She was raised in Franklin Park, IL until she was a teenager and then the family moved to Northwoods Beach area near Hayward, WI.  Deb graduated from Hayward High School in 1980.  She was joined in marriage to Zane Korthof that summer near Hayward.  Deb worked in various jobs throughout her life including being a tavern owner, licensed insurance agent and agency owner, social worker, floral shop owner, and a postal route carrier.  She also volunteered with the Lions Club and as a Girl Scout leader.  She also enjoyed fishing, camping, trips to Florida and painting rocks.  Her favorite treat was a cheese Danish and a can of Coke.

Deb is survived by her two daughters, Whitney (Nate) Korthof of Springbrook, WI and Briana (Tyler) Korthof of Spooner, WI; and cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A visitation will be held for Deb from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9th, at the Hayward Funeral Home.  A grave side service will be held after visitation at the Whitefish Cemetery.  Following the service a gathering will be held at the Hayward Veterans Center.   


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