Debra Anita Meusel, 51, of Ketchikan died unexpectedly at home Oct. 2, 2010.
She was born April 8, 1959 in Ketchikan to Don and Anita Statter. She moved to Juneau when she was 15 months old with her family. Debra grew up in Juneau, attended school and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1977.
After graduation, she worked for the Department of Corrections in Juneau and later transferred to Ketchikan, where she married Curtis Geoffrion and later married Emil Meusel. She continued to make Ketchikan her home.
Debra always worked with enthusiasm and exuberance in her years of employment. She worked for the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, the City of Ketchikan, and had the family adventure of owning The Pacific Northwest Vending Company. She also worked at Arrowhead LP Gas and later continued working with ADF&G, which was her passion. Debra also taught Aerobics and TaeBo for many years.
Debra enjoyed the outdoors rain or shine. She walked her dog daily, and loved fishing all summer long. Debra was an exceptional cook and an incredible Norwegian baker. Family activities were important to her. She loved skiing with her father and mother in Juneau and Ketchikan, having picnics at Ward Lake and Refuge Cove, and on sunny days canoeing around Harriet Hunt. She had a great sense of humor and turned every opportunity onto positive situation. Debra's most prized possession was her family, who she loved and cared for dearly. She had a genuine soul and a loving heart. She was preceded in death by her father, Don D. Statter, grandparents Albert and Olga Strom, Jess and Jeanette Edwards, and Don W. Statter.
She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Emil Meusel; daughters Emily and Nichole Meusel; son Thomas Meusel; parents Anita Statter and Robert Smith; sisters Donna Statter (Cameron Fleming), Linda Statter (John Lewis); nieces and nephews Trista Anderson and her children Jillian and Torsten Anderson, Kristen Dress, Cordova Lewis and Johnson Lewis of Juneau and her lifelong friend Daniel Frost of Anchorage.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Lighthouse Church of God, 3405 Baranof Avenue. Reception to follow.
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