Debra Jo Seivert was born on March 22, 1962, in Sioux City, IA, to William and Evonne (Ekberg) Seivert. She grew up in Brewster, MN and graduated from Brewster High School. Deb attended SDSU in Brookings, SD, where she obtained a Bachelor of Art and Masters of Science with a Major in English Literature. She later obtained her Doctorate from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She served as the Residence Hall Director at Lincoln for several years. For the last ten years, Deb has been living in Marshall. She was a Professor at Southwest Minnesota State University and was working on a degree in accounting.
Deb was very curious and had a thirst for knowledge. She was an avid reader and especially enjoyed books and periodicals where she learned new facts and information. She loved spending time with her cat, Aiden. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews and their families. Deb was an active member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church where she served as an Eucharistic Minister and a Reader. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters.
Deb died on Friday, October 27, 2017, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, due to liver and kidney failure following several other health conditions. She is survived by her mother, Evonne Seivert of Marshall, sisters Kathy Vos of Hills, and Sheryl Vaske of Elkton, SD, nieces and nephews: Mark (and Wendy,) Kristi (and Josh,) Stephanie (and Ryan,) John (and Megan,) Dan (and Virginia,) Katherine, Emily, Justin (and Brittany,) great nieces and nephews: Tyler, Tasha, Dominique, Jayden, Ahren, Brooke, Cadence, Gage, Jordyn, Xander and Dimitri and special relatives Tracy and Maddie. She was preceded in death by her father William and brother David.