In loving memory of

April 21, 1958 - January 6, 2022

Debra Lynn Stack, 63, of Gwinn, passed away at home on Thursday, January 6, 2022.

She was born April 21, 1958 at St. Luke's Hospital in Marquette, to James and Patricia (Swanson) Stack. She grew up in Skandia and graduated from Gwinn High School, Class of 1976.

Debbie worked at Mussatto's IGA in Gwinn for many years, and often shared stories about the fun she had with her coworkers, who remained special to her long after her work there was done. She was happiest working with food, especially her time working at Rodney's Pizzeria with her good friends. She also enjoyed caring for others at Norlite Nursing Center and Adult Learning Systems.

Anyone who knew Debbie knew that she had a strong desire to help when she could. Many in the community received her help in times of sorrow and crisis. She was generous and funny, and those closest to her knew she was always capable of making them laugh, even at the most inopportune times.

Debbie was a member of Gwinn United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Skandia Lioness Club.

She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Voegtline and granddaughter, Petra Frazier both of Marquette; her mother, Patricia Paris also of Marquette. She also leaves siblings, Curtis (Penney) Stack of Minnesota, Holly (Scott) Paris of Gwinn, Jon (Sandy) Stack of Marquette, and Roy Stack of Skandia. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and her faithful canine companion, Layla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kurt VanGinkle, her father, James Stack, an infant brother, Wayne Stack, and her beloved bulldog, Bruno.

Arrangements for a private family service have been entrusted to Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Marquette. Chaplains Charles and Barbara Tooman will preside at the service.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider a donation to UPAWS, PO Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855 in Debbie's memory.

Her obituary can also be viewed at where words of condolence and memories may be shared.


Barb Yunkari wrote on Jan 17, 2022:

"Barb Yunkari Jen , Holly and Families, My deepest condolences on the loss of your Mom and sister. "

Tara Armatti wrote on Jan 16, 2022:

"Deb, you can Rest In Peace . Sending prayers to the whole family. Tara"

Caron Johnson Vanderbrook wrote on Jan 15, 2022:

"Debbie and my great grandfathers were siblings who emigrated to the US from Sweden. And I grew up with my cousin, Debbie, in Skandia. Debbie was a few years younger than me and was in my sister, Connie's class. Connie, Debbie and I played together as children, and we hung out together as adolescents. As teens, I'd like to think we talked of our hopes and dreams, although I'm sure our time together was spent listening to music, dancing, school, and day to day life (Connie will have different memories as she was closer to Debbie than I was). And having moved from "home" and the UP as a young adult, I have always cherished those memories. Just this Christmas while "home" I brought a photo album from 1973-1976 which had several photos of Debbie at our old home on Ingalls Road. My sisters and I reminisced of our times with Debbie. I will always remember Debbie as a kind, generous and giving soul, quick to laugh. And now, I will hold those cherished memories even closer in my heart. My condolences to the Stacks-Debbie's family, her daughter, granddaughter and friends. "

Nancy and Gregg wrote on Jan 13, 2022:

"Thinking about you Jen and Petra! Hugs"

Terry Ayotte wrote on Jan 12, 2022:

"Deb had an enviable free spirit that made knowing her a joy. Our sincere condolences to all the family for your huge loss."

Debbie tyni erickson wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"Beautiful pic of Deb ? I've know Deb since the early '70's, we went to GHS at the the same time. She was one of the awesome Skandia kids! I will remember her Cobalt blue striped crocks that she actually started buying from Heath's Hardware from her home town. Lots of memories of me being her at-home private hairdresser for a long time too:) She was so generous and very kind to everyone. If you asked Deb for a dollar, she'd give you two, something she and her husband Kurt would do for anybody. Way too young too leave this thing we call life but may she please Rest in absolute Peace. Long-time friend, Debi Tyni "