Debra L. Lattanzi, 60, of Morgantown, passed away at her family home June 1, 2018. The oldest of three daughters, Debbie was born March 22, 1958. Debbie was Catholic by faith and attended St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.
She graduated from Morgantown High School and West Virginia University with both a Bachelors and Masters of Arts in elementary education. Debbie was very service oriented. As a student at WVU she was a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, where she met fellow students who would become her life long friends. After graduating from college, Debbie began her 33 year teaching career at Jakes Run, before moving on to Jerome Park, Easton, and finally 17 years at North Elementary. As a kindergarten teacher, Debbie laid the foundation that would help shape the lives of her students.
Debbie was a very kind and caring person, always thinking of others. She was a very devoted daughter, loving sister and loyal friend. She has left a legacy and trail of kindness that will show up in many places. The depth of her thoughtfulness and generosity will live on in things that we were unaware of. Her humility and humbleness were her most endearing qualities. Her faith was unwavering and she endured, encouraged and stood strong right up to her last days on earth. She did not lose to cancer, she was victorious in her fight and won the ultimate prize, a place in Heaven.
Debbie was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa teacher honorary and Catholic Daughters.
Debbie is survived by her mother, Donna Lattanzi; her two sisters and brother-in-law, Julie Lattanzi, Jamie and Burley Johnson; a very special aunt and uncle, Thomas and Ann Basferd; her aunt Betty Lattanzi and several cousins.
Debbie was preceded in death by her father, James L. Lattanzi; her paternal grandparents, James and Teresa Lattanzi and maternal grandparents, Melvin and Leola Fazenbaker.
Friends and family will be received at Hastings Funeral Home from 3-8 p.m., on Thursday, June 7, with a scriptural wake service at 7:30 pm. Visitation will continue at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church from 10-11 a.m., on Friday, June 8, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow with Fr. John V. DiBacco as celebrant and the Rev. Msgr. Anthony Cincinnati, STD, VE as co-celebrant. Interment will follow at East Oak Grove Cemetery.
Donations may be made to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 3334B University Ave, Morgantown, WV 26505