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Deborah C. "Debbie" Johndrow

December 06, 1956 - October 02, 2017

Deborah C. "Debbie" Johndrow (nee Quinlisk), age 60, a resident of Naperville, IL since 1988, formerly of Hazelwood, MO, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017 at her home. She was born on December 6, 1956 in St. Louis, MO.

Beloved wife of Dennis R. Johndrow, loving mother of Denny R. Johndrow, Ryan P. Johndrow, Kimberly A. Galan (nee Johndrow) and son-in-law, Ryan Galan, grandmother of Jakob, Austin and Brynn Galan; Lily Prine and the late Ryder Johndrow, devoted daughter of the late Delores and late James P. Quinlisk, sister of Peggy (Jeff) Merry, Susan (Gregg) Swyers and James (Beth) Quinlisk and the late Kathy Purington, daughter-in-law of Floyd R. and the late Louise Johndrow, sister-in-law of Dave (Carol) Johndrow and John (Linda) Huson, and friend of many.

Debbie Johndrow (nee Quinlisk) passed away on October 2, 2017, after a 7 month battle with cancer. Her husband, children and grandchildren were at her bedside as she made her final journey. She fought a very long and hard battle; no treatment was too harsh for her. Her will to live was stronger than the disease, but in the end, the cancer was stronger than the cure. 

Debbie’s life is one of continuous celebration: She was a generous family driven Mother and Grandmother. She lived for her kids; they always came first before her needs. Debbie and Dennis Johndrow were blessed with 3 children; Denny, Kim and Ryan. The family’s early years were spent in the St. Louis, MO area before moving to Naperville, Il. 

In the Johndrow household, celebratory occasions were never missed. On your birthday, you could choose your dinner and your type of cake, hers was strawberry icebox cake.  Regardless of your request she cooked all from scratch. Any day of the week was fair for a family get together. She couldn’t wait to see everyone and hear how they are doing.

The Grandkids; Jakob, Austin, Brynn and Lily were special in her heart. She was the perfect Grandmother, there is no other way to describe her. She taught her children and all that knew her, love and respect. 

She was the matriarch that held our family together and the strength that helped us through difficult times.  She will always be with us in spirit to help guide our family through life’s journey. 

She leaves behind a loving family, Kim Galan of Highlands Ranch, CO, Ryan Johndrow of Chicago, IL and her husband Dennis Johndrow of Naperville.

Funeral Information

Visitation will be Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2:00-6:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville.

A Celebration of Debbie's life will be held on Monday, October 9, 10:30 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Neil Schori officiating.

Interment will follow at Naperville Cemetery.

For more information, please call (630) 355-0213.

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