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Chen Reichert

Debby Malissa

November 06, 1953 - April 26, 2020

This is a space to celebrate Debby's life. Having your stories and memories of her collected here will be a great comfort to us. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

OBITUARY
Debby was the beloved wife of Dean Malissa and loving mother to Amy Malissa Hersz and Sam Malissa. She is also survived by her sister, Susan Barazani and grandchildren, Silvie and Nessah Hersz.Debby was a brilliant and vivacious woman, a lifelong learner and a committed teacher. One of her greatest joys was discovering something new and then sharing it with the people she loved.She cherished her family (including her doggies), and was...  see more
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  • Corey Compa
    I met Debby a little under 3 years ago when Dean brought her to visit Artis. My immediate reaction was her jaw dropping beauty and it comforted me that she reminded me of my mom, who lives out of state. It didn't take long for me to appreciate the...  more
  • Robert Malissa
  • Robert Malissa
    My earliest memory of Debbie is when we were all at the house at Locust Lakes and I learned Dean had a girl friend. She was a beacon of light and joy from the first moment I met her. When you recall any memory of Debbie, her light shine on.
  • Sharon Levin
    We were honored to witness this moving tribute to Debby. Having spent 3 weeks as Debby's roommate in Israel, I felt it was particularly mystical that we would be memorializing her between Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut. She was a very special soul. ...  more
  • Tori and Ronnie Rysz
    Condolences to Dean, Amy, Sam, Chen, and the rest of your family. We are so sad for your loss, and we hope that loving memories of Debby bring you peace, comfort, and strength. With love, Tori and Ronnie Rysz
  • Howard Alderson
    I feel so bad for Debby's family and the suffering that they had to watch and endure. Debby was an intelligent and compassionate woman and deserved a better "final chapter" to her life than she received. I miss her and the good times we had together.
  • Joni Liberman
    Over many decades, beginning way before email, social media, and smart phones, Debby, Dean, my husband Jeff, and I, built and maintained a three-hundred mile distant, life-long friendship. I have so many memories of Debby's effervescence, kindness, and...  more
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    • Joni Liberman
      randi alderson so beautiful...i love reading everyone stories....seems like all the sentiments are the same...debby was so special.
      • April 28, 2020
  • David Kieserman
    We go way back. In 1974, you can see Debby doing her best fish impression while playing charades. She was Dean's best audience. When we all lived in Syracuse, Dean liked to pull stunts like throwing pig feet in my cart (without my knowledge) at the...  more
  • Karen Kantor
    Almost four decades of friendship gave us so many opportunities to celebrate life. We shared holidays that Debby hosted with warmth, confidence and skill. We hung out the pool. We laughed. And had adventures. So many adventures – from the Caribbean to...  more
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  • randi alderson
    I met Debby when she was pregnant with Amy and I was pregnant with Erica...a long wonderful friendship that I thought would continue into our golden years...I will cherish our days and keep my memories with me always. I lost my mom and debby days...  more
  • Joshua Hersz
    The one and only time Silvie and Nessah were with both of their Grandmothers (and their mother). I hope the girls treasure these photos forever.
  • Susan Barazani
  • Arliene Reich
    Our hearts are with you!!
  • Arliene Reich
    My beautiful cousin....always meticulously dressed and well-spoken. We grew up together as the closest in age of the cousins....she will be missed!
  • Susan Barazani
  • Joshua Hersz
    Israel 2009.
  • Joshua Hersz
    Israel 2009.
  • Joshua Hersz
    Israel 2009.
  • Joshua Hersz
    Israel 2009.
  • Joshua Hersz
    July 2008 in Franklin Square.
  • Amy Hersz
  • Amy Hersz
    My girls didn't get to spend much time with their Mima, but I will make sure that they remember her with love and laughter.
  • Amy Hersz
  • Joan Heffler
    This was from my last visit to Debby. we were like sisters and shared so many good times together. So terribly sad. A vibrant life snuffed out way too soon.
  • Osnat Shoham-Reichert
    1988, a day in Philadelphia while were visiting from Israel. 2 years before moving to the US and have Chen and Sam meet for the first time.
    And a picture of Debby and Dean I took on August 2014.
  • Kristine  Olson
    November 2011, Israel
    Our girls trip. 🦋
  • Chen Reichert
  • Dean Malissa
  • Lauren Hellman
    Israel Summer 1992
  • Joshua Hersz
    Israel Summer of 2009.
  • Susan Barazani
  • Susan Barazani
    Sisters
  • Amy Hersz
  • Sam Malissa