Celebrating the life of Deborah "Debbie" Nespoli
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Debbie spent her growing up years in Coplay, Pennsylvania, graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1969. After high school, she worked at Blue Cross, Air Products and Chemicals Inc., and Muhlenberg College. She later enrolled at Penn State where she earned her bachelor’s degree while holding down numerous part-time jobs all along the way.
After college, Debbie became a very successful business woman, first at TRW Credit Services and later as a successful real estate agent. She once earned top sales honors for selling nine new properties in three weeks, all without the benefit of a builder’s model home.
But these successes in the world of business did not define her. When her children were born, Debbie threw herself into motherhood with a passion and love second to none. Birthday parties, school and church activities, cross-country and track meets, dance recitals – she was a tour de force through all of it and more.
All who met Debbie – business colleagues, other parents, neighbors, and friends – had a similar reaction. She was simply one of the kindest, most thoughtful, and sweetest persons they had ever met. She loved people – and people of all ages and backgrounds were drawn to her. In short, she had a special magic about her that made people feel loved.
Those who knew Debbie best also fully understood that her circle of love extended to pets and animals of all kinds, which were always a central part of her life – and, to be honest, she embraced them equally as creatures of God.
Finally, and most importantly, Debbie Nespoli was a believer. Her personal relationship with and commitment to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was unshakeable. Her faith was deep and contagious to those around her. She loved her life but knew with the certainty that only faith can provide that one day she would be rejoining loved ones on her next journey. Her family already misses her terribly, but is so very grateful to have been touched and transformed by her love. And of course, they are comforted by the faith that Debbie shared and instilled in them.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Lawrence Nespoli, recently retired President of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges; her son Jared, an engineer with Hill International in Philadelphia; and her daughter Lauren, a high school math teacher in Hanover Park, New Jersey. She is also survived by three siblings – Marie Talbert of York, Pennsylvania; Betty Truchan of Coplay, Pennsylvania; and John “Chick” Laky of Northampton, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by her dear sister-in-law Joan Laky, who was always part of the regular lunch gatherings that Debbie arranged for her siblings.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, March 22nd, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Coplay, Pennsylvania (4 South 5th Street) – with a time of visitation for family and friends starting at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with interment to follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, friends consider a donation to the Deborah and Lawrence Nespoli Scholarship Fund at the NJ Council of County Colleges. Contributions can be sent directly to the NJCCC Offices at 330 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08618.
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4 S. 5th Street
Coplay, PA 18037
4 S. 5th Street
Coplay, PA 18037
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