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Monday July 12th, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

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Saturday July 24th, 2021
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Debra Ann Dwyer

Debra Ann Dwyer, age 60, of Lansing, NY passed away June 19, 2021 as a result of ovarian cancer. Deb was born on September 16, 1960 in Quincy, Illinois, daughter of Kenneth and Georgia Robertson. She received a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She met her husband while working at the US Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska. In 1987, they married and moved to Lansing, NY where Deb began her 33-year career at Cornell University. First, as a research technician she was a mentor, friend, and sometimes mother to numerous graduate students, and later as the university Institutional Biosafety Committee administrator where she supported faculty to successfully and safely accomplish their research.  

Deb is survived by her husband of 33 years, Daniel Dwyer; children, Abby and Zachary Dwyer; parents, Kenneth and Georgia Robertson; brothers, Steve and Kent Robertson; and many in-laws, nephews, and nieces.

A memorial gathering will be held from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 12, 2021, at her home, 363 Luce Road, Lansing, NY.  A service will begin at 11:30 a.m., officiated by Rev. Ron Gaesser.

Services in Quincy, IL, will be led by Tim Robertson on Saturday, July 24, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Ellington Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4600 North 36th Street, Quincy, IL.

The family asks those who would like to make a contribution in Deb’s memory to kindly consider the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance or Adirondack Council.




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Will never forget our many hours in Animal Science together, sharing an office with Deb, particularly when our children were born, sharing our new "mom" stories. My deepest sympathies Dan, Abby and Zach. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Chris Ashdown Jul 12 2021 12:00 AM

Dan, Abbey and Zack, please know that you are in my prayers as you grieve the loss of Deb. Her quite presence, her joyful smile and care for others I will remember. May God bless you all. Dave Lippert

David Lippert Jun 25 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Dan, Abby and Zach,
Our deepest condolences on Debs passing. We remember her as such a kind and friendly soul. It was always a treat to be with her at All Saints, various school activities, or just in town or on campus. May the memories of her give you comfort and joy as you grieve your great loss. Peace, The Barrett Family

Chris and Clara Barrett Jun 24 2021 12:00 AM

Dan and family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers now and in the days to follow. Deb was such a beautiful, kind and thoughtful person. I will miss our EHOB "hallway" conversations.

Donna Jenney Jun 23 2021 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to Dan, Abby, Zach and family. Deb was so kind, funny and dedicated, I am grateful for the years we worked together and for her friendship. Her smile and laughter were simply the best, sending love and peace to all who knew and loved her.

Denise Payne Jun 23 2021 12:00 AM

Heartfelt condolences to Dan, Abby, Zach, and the rest of Deb's family. It was a privilege to work with Deb and a gift to share her kindness and humor. May her memory be a blessing.

Matthew Aldridge Jun 23 2021 12:00 AM

I will always remember Deb as a kind and beautiful person in the few years I worked with her, so welcoming and warm. My deepest condolences to Dan and the family. Rest In Peace wonderful soul.

Nicole Albright Jun 23 2021 12:00 AM

Abby and family, We are so very saddened to hear of your beloved mom and wifes passing. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for you all. May her memory be eternal! Marlene and Mike Caravakis

Marlene and Michael Caravakis Jun 23 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Dan and family,

I am deeply saddened to hear of Deb's passing. She was a wonderful woman, who always had a smile on her face and was happy to say "hello." It was always a pleasure to run into her at EHOB.

I offer my prayers and deepest sympathies for your loss.

Danielle (Dani) Reaume

Danielle Reaume Jun 23 2021 12:00 AM

Hi Dan
Such a shock to hear about Deb. I have memory of working with her and visiting your home, where she so so warm friendly, always had a smile on her face and had something nice to say. So sorry to hear this. Please take care

Joseph Abraham Jun 23 2021 12:00 AM

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