Deborah Whipple Hartenstein, 69, of Meriden, loving wife of Robert Hartenstein for 49 years, passed away on January 17, 2018 with her family by her side. She was born in Hartford, CT on October 9, 1948 to the late Walter and Harriet Haworth Whipple. Along with her husband Bob, she is survived by her loving children, William Hartenstein and wife Megan of Meriden, Keith Hartenstein, and Candace Hartenstein Farnsworth and husband Bruce Jr., of Meriden. She also leaves her brothers Walter Whipple and wife Patty of Burlington, CT, Jeffrey Whipple and wife Diane, of Durham, CT and her cherished grandchildren Kaitlyn Hartenstein Gable and husband Ryan, Colette Dahl, Ryan, Delaney, Kyle, and Kameron Hartenstein, Samantha, Andrew, and Joshua Farnsworth, and one great grandson Jace Gable. Debby was raised in Avon, CT where she graduated from Avon High School. She was a preschool teacher in Meriden and Wallingford for many years until her retirement. In her free time she enjoyed spending time in Indian Neck, Branford where she met the love of her life Bob. The family would like to thank Dr. Fumo and his staff at the Hematology/Oncology department at Midstate Medical Center and a special volunteer Sue, for their loving care. Friends are invited to visit with Debby’s family on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 4-7pm in the Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave. Meriden. A service celebrating her life will be held on Monday Jan. 22 at 10 am in the Hartog Building Auditorium in Ashlar Village, Masonicare, Wallingford. Interment will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden, CT. Donation’s in her name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s’ Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, or to Susan G. Komen Dept. 41831 P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265.

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  1. Debby made a difference to so many people. Her kindness will always be remembered. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. So sorry to hear of Debby’s passing. I remember her warm, gentle friendliness and her ability to make everyone feel welcome. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know her well, I wish I did. But I do know I always saw her with a beautiful smile on her face and she was obviously well loved by her family and friends. May God continue to provide comfort and strength to her family.

  4. Bob, My sincere sympathy to you and your family. I considered it a privilege to know Debby and you. I am so sorry for your loss.

  5. Bob, our sincere sympathy and prayers to you Keith, Billy, Candie and family. As we retired to Virginia we will not be able to attend but you are in our thoughts.

  6. I’m so sorry Billy, Keith and Candie. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom. Your mom always greeted you with a beautiful smile. To Mr. Hartenstein, I am very sorry for the loss of your wife. To the grandchildren and son in laws and daughter in laws I am very sorry. If you need anything please let me know.

  7. My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. It will never be easy, but it will, with time, get better! Gentle and heartfelt hugs to you all!

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