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Obituary: Deborah Jean Savarese (Santorsola), 58

Aug 13, 2017 06:43PM ● By Theresa Gilman

Deborah Jean Savarese (Santorsola)

Today we are grieving. We have lost our Mom, wife, daughter, big sister and loyal friend. Deborah (aka Debbie and Deb) (Santorsola) Savarese. Debbie passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 fighting her fiercest battle Lung Cancer. Debbie bravely faced her disease like she faced her life - head-on with respect, grace and unafraid.

Her family was her greatest joy. Debbie made sure her kids enjoyed a childhood they would remember and cherish. Beside camping out and traveling across the country to be a part of the Superbowl games and activities, Debbie was a parent who loved being actively involved in the Dracut sports of football and soccer. If there was a game or fundraising event, Debbie was in! 

Debbie was an avid Patriots fan, always inviting everyone to her home to watch the weekly to eat and party like every game was the Superbowl (because it’s the Patriots!). She also loved The Walking Dead. To celebrate her 58th birthday, Debbie traveled to Atlanta, GA to tour all the best Walking Dead movie locations and feast at Norman Reedus' restaurant with her best friend, Cheryl Arsenault and her sister, Linda. 

Debbie absolutely loved animals. She trained thoroughbred race horses at Suffolk Downs and was a recipient of the New England Association of Turf Writers 1991 Special Achievement Award. Not that she had a favorite horse, but Icy Burn held a special place in her heart. She loved all her domestic pets, too. Her felines Buttercup, Spanky, Buddy & Jasmine are her most recent adoptees in a long line of rescued pets who couldn’t fend for themselves. 

Debbie worked at CVS in Dracut, MA for seven years. She always said it wasn’t a job - it was fun! Debbie loved and respected all her CVS coworkers.

Debbie leaves behind her loving husband, Michael; her daughter Victoria (Torrie), and her companion Jeremy Morales; her son Robert (Bobby) and his companion Deanna (Dee) Fortin; her beloved grandson Luciano; her father Henry (Hank) Santorsola and his wife Denise of Franklin, MA; her mother Carolyn (Santorsola) Donovan and her late husband George of Tewksbury, MA; her four brothers Richard of Tewksbury, Michael of Queens, NY; Mark and his wife Denise of Dracut; Paul and his wife Lynn of Franklin; her two sisters Linda Muise and her husband James (Jim) of Melrose, MA; and Victoria (Vicki) Glavin of Nahant. She also leaves behind her smart, good looking & wonderful nieces and nephews Henry Santorsola, Danielle, Desirae and Lisa Santorsola, Leanne, Adrena and Celine Santorsola, Rebecca and James Muise, and Paul and Nicole Glavin.

Because cancer is an evil, penetrating disease, Debbie was not able to donate her organs. After insisting there must be something she could do, she was thrilled to learn she was able to donate her corneas. In addition, Debbie hopes the donation of a sampling of her affected organs will help in the fight against this horrible disease.

Debbie is no longer in pain and is now hanging out with her old friends, Jan Merrill, George Donovan, Jim Shea and Adam Reinhart. She wants you to know she loved meeting you in her life's journey and promises to watch over you from above. Of course, she may be laughing…

Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday August 14, at Christ Church United, 10 Arlington Street, Dracut. Please meet directly at church. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Dracut. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit, or find us on Facebook under “Dracut Funeral Home.”
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