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Debrah L. "Debbie" (Carmella) Pettigrew

January 1, 1950 ~ October 29, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Debrah L. "Debbie" Pettigrew Obituary

On October 29th, 2023, hours of the afternoon, Debrah "Debbie" Lynn Pettigrew of Mars, passed away at the age of 73.

Her journey began in Dubois, PA, where she was nurtured by her loving parents, James and Margaret Carmella. In 1971, she married William Pettigrew Jr., realizing her dream of becoming a mother. Melissa, Jeff, Molly, and Matt were the center of her universe, and she embraced the role of a loving and dedicated mother. Though she worked as a teacher and speech therapist, her unwavering faith in God and devotion to her family took precedence. Whenever someone needed a prayer, Debbie was always the first person they called.

Debbie loved spending time on family vacations with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She never failed to send heartfelt cards on birthdays and anniversaries, making everyone always feel special and loved. Her deep interest in naturopathic health and wellness showcased her intelligence, but her greatest passion was her faith. Throughout her life, she actively engaged in numerous Bible studies with lifelong friends.

She leaves behind her 97-year-old mother, Margaret Carmella, and her devoted husband of 52 years, Dr. William Pettigrew of Mars, PA. Surviving her are her first-born daughter, Melissa, her husband David Rhen, and their children Ella and Landon of Camp Hill, PA. Her son, Jeffrey, his wife Katie Pettigrew and their children Izabella, Aubrey, and Elisabeth reside in Mars, PA. Daughter Molly, her husband Brian Pierct, and their children Carmella and Colestock call Myrtle Beach, SC, home. Her son, Matthew, his wife Laura Pettigrew, and their son James who reside in Camp Hill. Additionally, she is survived by her older sister, Cathy Chambers, and two younger brothers, James Carmella and Brad Carmella and their families. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, sister, mother, cousin and a friend and will be greatly missed by all.

Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 6-9 PM.  Mass of Christian Burial in St. Kilian Church, 7076 Franklin Road, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066 on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 10:00 AM. Fr. Charles Bober, pastor, officiating. Please meet at the church. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum at Holy Savior Cemetery, Richland Twp., PA. Memorials in her memory may be made to St. Mark the Evangelist Parish. Directions and condolences are available at



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