Debra S. Andera

Debra S. Andera, age 67, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at her home.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Inurnment will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, December 6 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are her grandchildren: Alexa Walters, Cole Roth, Keaton Roth, Carmyn Andera Peterson, Kenidi Andera, Grayson Roth, Myah Walters, Kyleigh Andera and Abigail Andera. Honorary pallbearers are all of her past and present “family” at Lincoln Elementary School.

Deb was born June 8, 1952 in Yankton, South Dakota to J.W. “Woody” and Bernetta (Nelson) Vollmer. She grew up in Yankton, graduating from Yankton High School in 1970. Deb attended Yankton College and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She later received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. On January 29, 1972, Deb married Larry Gortner. They were later divorced and on February 7, 1987, she married Tom Andera. Together, they raised four children: Alyssa (Gortner) Roth, Trisha (Andera) Walters, Tyler Andera, and Rachel (Andera) Ness. Deb taught in the Yankton School District her entire career, most of that time teaching 3rd grade at Lincoln School before retiring at age 62. She then enjoyed three years of substitute teaching until she was diagnosed with cancer. Deb loved art, drawing, painting and was an avid reader. She was very involved in the Art Adventure Program at Yankton Public Schools and loved to make cards for any occasion for her family and friends. She was an active member of a book club, enjoyed stamping parties with friends, and watching her grandkids in their many activities. Deb was very patient, hardworking, kind and compassionate and loved visiting with others. She was strong and positive, even through her illness. She adored her grandchildren and loved her family above all else. Deb will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Deb is survived by her husband, Tom Andera of Yankton; four children: Alyssa (Darrin) Roth of Yankton, Trisha (Matt) Walters of Blackhawk, SD, Tyler (Maggie) Andera of Yankton and Rachel (Arron) Ness of Yankton; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Jim (Mary Sue) Vollmer of Avon, SD and Tom (Natalie) Vollmer of Yankton; one sister, Andrea (Dewey) Plautz of Yankton; sister-in-law, Cynthia Vollmer of Springfield, SD; and many nieces and nephews.

Deb was preceded in death by her parents; brother, David Vollmer; and her great-nephew, Joseph Livingston.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Palliative Medicine at Avera Sacred Heart Foundation: 501 Summit St Yankton, SD 57078.

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11 response to "Debra S. Andera"

  1. By: Judy Vanderhule Posted: December 2, 2019

    Deb was a beautiful woman in so many ways and she loved her family deeply! No child could ever have a more caring, dedicated or effective teacher. I respected her a great deal for her determination, persistence, positive attitude and so much more. Her “WW cult” shared laughter and tears along the way and I feel blessed to have been her friend as well as cousin-in-law! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you struggle with the physical loss of your wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin and dear friend. Her indomitable spirit and sense of fun will remain with us forever as we remember those special times we shared.

  2. By: Cindy Carrington Posted: December 3, 2019

    Deb was very easy to get to know thru WW, she was a very sweet and caring person inside and out. We lost touch for awhile but found each other on FB. She will be deeply missed. I was saddened to see she has passed but the Lord only takes the good ones. There is no more pain for her she is free of it all

  3. By: Margaret Dendinger Holland Posted: December 3, 2019

    Debbie and I were not close friends through the years but I have great memories of her in high school. I always appreciated her kindness and effervescent personality. When I heard years ago that she was a teacher I thought she must be one of the best! I enjoyed her facebook posts and could see the love and pride she had in her family. She accepted her diagnosis with grace and a sense of humor. That would be Debbie! God bless her! She will be deeply missed at our next reunion. Hugs and prayers to Mike and the family.

  4. By: Kathy Kendrick Posted: December 3, 2019

    I never met Debbie in person, but was so glad to connect with her on Facebook! I know she fought a courageous fight. Condolences to all her family!

  5. By: Mary DeLozier Posted: December 3, 2019

    Deb was a friend to everyone and loved dearly by all that have had the privilege of knowing her. Our deepest sympathies to Tom & family. You’re in our prayers as you all have to learn how to go on without her but she will always be in your heart and she’ll always be watching over you. Fly free my friend…you’ve earned your angel wings.

  6. By: Edwin Andera Posted: December 4, 2019

    We are truly saddened by Deb’s passing. Remember her as an upbeat person who made you feel better for having known her. Our sympathies to Tom and all the family.

  7. By: Jan and Duane Stevenson Posted: December 4, 2019

    Sincere sympathies to you, Tom, and your family in the loss of Deb. May your memories help heal your hearts.
    Duane and Jan Stevenson (former Chamberlain neighbors)

  8. By: Jessine (Lippert) Dutcher Posted: December 5, 2019

    I am so sorry to hear about your families loss.
    Deb was a beautiful woman and I always enjoyed talking to her.
    She was friends with my step mother Gloria and we were in weight watchers years ago together. She will be missed by many.
    I hope that you can all find some peace in knowing there is no pain in Heaven.
    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Jessine

  9. By: Toni Shutt Posted: December 5, 2019

    I have not seen Deb in years, but I have such fond memories of us growing up as kids and hanging out back then. She was a great gal, and I’m sure will be greatly missed by many.

  10. By: Gary & Mary Lohff Posted: December 6, 2019

    We are so sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained a kind gentle soul. She will be missed.

  11. By: Ginger Larsen Posted: December 7, 2019

    My sympathies to the entire family. Deb was always friendly and had a smile for everyone she met.

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