Service:11:00 AM at Collins Funeral Home.Burial:Following the service in Beth El Memorial Park, Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT.Shiva:Wednesday, April 18, following the funeral services at the Satter home in Norwalk.Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 PM at the Satter home. Sunday and Monday to be announced by the Congregation Beth El; office 203 838-2710.

Debra D. Satter


July 29, 1952 ~ April 16, 2012

Debra D. Satter, 59, of Norwalk, died peacefully on Monday, April 16, 2012, at Norwalk Hospital after a long illness. She was the wife of Keith Satter and mother of Rachel Satter, of Norwalk, and Lori Birrell and her husband, Terran, of Rochester, New York.

For the last nine years Mrs. Satter was employed by the Darien Public Schools, most recently as an instructional aide at Ox Ridge Elementary. She was a former co-President of the Fox Run PTO and was actively involved in parent activities at Ponus Ridge Middle School and Brien McMahon High School.

Survivors include her mother, Lily Lane of Margate, Florida, Robert and Jean Satter, of Westport, brother Charles Dobbs of Ames, Iowa, two nephews and one niece.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 11:00 AM in the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Burial will follow in in Beth El Memorial Park Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk. Shiva will be observed at the Satter home in Norwalk following the service. There will be a Shiva service on Thursday at 7:30 PM. Information on services for Sunday and Monday can be obtained by calling the Congregation Beth El office, (203) 838-2710.

In Lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made in Debra’s honor to Congregation Beth El, Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital, or the American Red Cross.

  1. Dear Satter Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dave and Rene Ley

    April 16, 2012
    David and Rene Ley -
  • Dear Keith, Rachel, and Lori,
    Debbie was a very special woman and will be terribly missed. I truly enjoyed our talks in my classroom at Ox Ridge – she was always there to lend an ear or to give me a hug when I was down. My thoughts and prayers are with you all …
    Brooke Lundberg (former Grade 2 teacher at Ox Ridge)

    April 17, 2012
    Brooke Lundberg -
  • As an intern at Oxridge Debbie was always there to help me out when I needed it. I am extremely sad to hear of her passing and will try and continue to remember all the good times we had in the “work room” at Oxridge. She was a blast and loved her family so so much. I am sorry for your loss!

    April 17, 2012
    Stefanie Tamborino -
  • Debbie worked with me in my classroom over the past couple of years and I always enjoyed the time we worked together. Debbie was a great sounding board to me in so many situations both professionally and personally. Debbie always shared her family stories with me and I feel like I know all of the Satters through her stories. I know how much Debbie was loved and how much she’ll be missed by so, so many people.

    April 17, 2012
    Nancy Dineen -
  • Dear Keith and Rachel,

    You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Everyone had a great respect for Debbie and her work here in Darien. She will be missed.

    April 17, 2012
    Judith Pandolfo -
  • Debbie was an outstanding person and employee, and was truly an asset to Ox Ridge School. She had many close friends here and was a trusted and valued co-worker. Her work with and her empathy toward children were outstanding! I will miss her warmth and smile! Keith, Rachel, and Lori – my thoughts are with you!

    April 17, 2012
    John Rechi -
  • Dear Keith, Lori, and Rachel,
    We send our heartfelt sympathy to you all and our hope that your sweet memories of Deb
    will help to ease the pain of her loss. She was such a bright light!
    With love,
    Steve and Becky

    April 17, 2012
    Steve and Becky Earl -
  • Keith and Rachel,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you both and Lori at this time.
    Stacie Fernandes (all district Sped dept)

    April 17, 2012
    Stacie Fernandes -
  • Dear Rachel, Keith, and Lori;
    My deepest, heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please reach out to me for anything that you need.

    Laura Boyer
    (Holmes/Tokeneke)

    April 18, 2012
    Laura Boyer -
  • To Keith, Rachel and Lori,
    Debbie was an amazing woman and I always enjoyed our daily chats. She was always there to give me her motherly advice and listen as a friend. I will miss her dearly. We had some good laughs together and I will never forget her smile.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love,
    JoAnn Mittelstadt

    April 18, 2012
    JoAnn Mittelstadt -
  • To Debbie’s family and friends,

    I had the good fortune of working with Debbie for several years at Ox Ridge. She was always someone I enjoyed talking with and would often seek her out at outdoor recess time to have a good laugh with! Even after I left Ox Ridge, she was one of the people I always looked forward to seeing when I came back for a visit. Debbie was warm and easy to talk to. She took a genuine interest in the lives of others and as a result was well liked and respected by all. I will miss you, Debbie. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    April 18, 2012
    Nichole FitzGerald (former grade 4/5 teacher at Ox Ridge) -
  • Dear Keith, Rachel, Lori and Terran,

    It is not everyday that a person touches one’s soul the way Debbie touched mine. With deep sadness, Geoffrey and I will mourn the loss of dear Debbie. Your family was blessed with Debbie as a wonderful wife and mother, and she was loved by all who knew her. My heart is with you.

    Ruth Axt

    April 18, 2012
    Ruth Axt -
  • Dear Keith, Rachel and Lori,
    How sad I was to read of Debra’s death. She was an incredible supp9ort to me and the girls while I was at Ponus. She gave an unending amount of love and dedication to our school, our PTO and every other endeavor and became a real friend to me. We met several times in your home t o plan events for the school. I send my love and sincere sympathy and hope that the love of this wonderful woman will carry you through this difficult time.

    With love,
    Marie Iannazzi

    April 18, 2012
    Marie Iannazzi -
  • Dear Keith, Rachel, and Lori,

    I am so sorry to hear of Debby’s passing. Even though we had lost touch in recent years, I was always struck by the closeness of your family, and how much she supported and loved her girls. My deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time.

    Renee Lukaniec

    April 18, 2012
    Renee Lukaniec -
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have great memories of Deb when we all moved to California for that brief, fun time.

    April 24, 2012
    Nancy Nash -
  • Hey Cousin, wonderful poem. Let me now pray for you and anynoe else suffering from this disease. Our Father in Heaven, so glorious is your riches in healing motivated by love. Please extend your hand of healing to anynoe reading this prayer. Let them truly encounter your presences in their lives and see that you care for them. Bring your comfort and peace to those who think and feel as though know one else understands and even to those who think that You don’t care. Let them see that you have extended your love to them through your Son Jesus. May you wash them all with your love, forgiveness and healing. May they all taste and see that you truly are Good. I pray this in the Great Physician and Healers name, Jesus Christ. Amen

    June 13, 2012
    Marcinha -
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