Debbra M. Ream
An artist, a poet, a lover of animals, and a fan of music, travel, and history, Debbra M. Ream was a delight to all who met her.
After several years of illness resulting from vascular dementia, diabetes, and other ailments, Debbra M. Ream, age 64, of Hartford, WI found peace on February 6, 2019.
Deb, born Debbra Marguerite Williamson in Monroe, MI on May 28, 1954, is survived by her husband of more than 30 years, Richard Dale Ream. She and Richard were inseparable in the last few years after he retired and became her full-time caregiver in 2016. They shared many adventures in life, including trips to Vancouver, California, Brazil, and the Bahamas and many visits to the Bristol Renaissance Festival. In addition to Richard, she is survived by her two sons, of whom she was indescribably proud: Jason Lee Gohlke (and daughter-in-law Dawn Lawhon) of San Francisco, and Jared Martin Gohlke (and fiancee Stacy Austen) of Kannapolis, NC.
She is also survived by granddaughters Nora Ruth Gohlke, Emily James Gohlke, and Susan Louise Gohlke, stepson Keith Ream, stepdaughters Carrie Bristoll-Groll (Tony Groll) and Danielle Bristoll McNeil (Patrick McNeil), aunts Josephine Bushroe, Marjorie Calkins, and Violet Barton, sisters Sally (Richard) Venia, Lori Theisen, and Violet Williamson Bellair (husband Ed Bellair), brother Floyd T. Williamson Jr., sisters-in-law Sandy (husband Rod) Wallner, Barbara Ream, and Alice Ream, brothers-in-law Ken Ream and Ed Ream, and many nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, cousins, and friends from every stage in her life.
Growing up in Monroe, Michigan, Debbie was a tomboy and a free spirit. Deb moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1972 to attend Patricia Stevens Career College, which she was fond of describing as a "glorified charm school." She was married to Jeffrey L. Gohlke from 1974 to 1984, and having her two sons during that time was the pride of her life. Deb married Richard in 1988. She took great pride in her home and impressed many with her eclectic, fun, and unique interior decoration style. She enjoyed painting and turned her LP tank into a Yellow Submarine. She was also a published poet, an avid reader, and loved music of all kinds. She was a lover of animals, especially elephants and owls (and her beloved cats), and she supported organizations that protected animals and the environment. She loved to tell stories over coffee and cigarettes, she enjoyed meeting new people and making friends wherever she went, and she brought joy, laughter, and love to so many.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to Rainforest Action Network, 350.org, Arbor Day Foundation, Humane Society of America, Alzheimer's Association, or American Diabetes Association.
Family and friends will gather at the Suminski / Weiss Funeral Home on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 12:00 Noon until the time of the Memorial Service at 2:00 PM. For more information, please see: SuminskiFuneralHome.com
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LifeStory Funeral Homes
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