ForeverMissed
Deborah Lynn Ehrhart, age 70, a resident of Lombard, passed away March 25, 2021.  She was born February 25, 1951 to Harry & Joanne Heineman. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey; 2 grandchildren, Josephine and Rylan and their mother Katheleen. She was preceded in death by her husband Glenn and her son Stephen.

Deborah loved her family, especially being a mom. She once said this was her purpose on this planet; to raise two young boys. She never stopped being a mom either and continued to make it her mission even in her final days. Later in life, she went to college and received her teaching degree and used her caring nature to teach special needs kids. Before that, when she wasn’t attending a baseball game or band event, she focused on photography and driving a school bus. She and Glenn moved to Florida and lived there for many years until his passing. She moved back to Illinois to see her grandkids grow up but always wanted to return and be next to the ocean.

Deborah’s wish was to be cremated and her ashes spread with her son’s and husband’s. In these challenging times, in lieu of a memorial we are celebrating thru this website where friends and loved ones can share stories, post photos and videos that can be shared and remembered forever. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Anthony Rizzo Foundation (rizzo44.com) which helps raise money for children and their families battling cancer.

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Thanks to everyone for their support and good wishes.  As you know, Mom didn't have the easiest of lives.  I hope this puts her at peace and she can be with Steve and Glenn.  Please share a quick story, photo, song, etc. for everyone to see and something I can cherish as a reminder of her life here.
-Jeff

Posted by Diane Snyder on April 18, 2021
I met your mom in 1970 working at Max Factor. My first husband Richard and I were in your parents wedding party, unfortunately my husband passed away at the tender age of 49. I'm sure you won't remember but you and your brother have played with my daughter and son when you were in grade school. I loved your parents I had spoken with Dad when he was sick and I know he fought a hard battle. Finding out Mom is now gone is a heartbreaker for me. I know they have found each other again along with your brother and I hope Rick Walker and Jimmy Jones have caught up with them by now. 
Love to you and your family
Posted by Bill Mohr on April 12, 2021
The first time I recall meeting your mom was at Tom Schingoethe's 60th birthday party. I remember her warmth to me and especially her warmth to my son Ryan. Since he is on the Autistic Spectrum I often felt nervous introducing him to strangers. My concern was quickly relieved because your mom was no stranger. She understood and her warmth made us both feel very welcome around her. Living in a different part of the country, I didn't get to spend much time with her, but her great love for her family was evident from pictures I saw and stories I heard.
Death and grief are difficult parts of life and sudden deaths even more so. May the support of those close to you give some measure of comfort and solace. Sending my condolences, my love, and my prayers.
Uncle Bill
Posted by bob brown on April 9, 2021
Enjoyed the times I spent with Deborah at Overture functions and the times she joined small our groups for a chance to eat out.

She will be missed. All best to her family in this difficult moment.

Bob Brown
Posted by Jack Melhuish on April 9, 2021
35 years ago there was a woman that spent hours on end taking pictures of all of the kids in Crystal Lake Little League. All of these photos were then compiled and presented at our end of the year banquet. The pictures were amazing and the presentation was always the highlight of the evening for so many of us. Years later, as I became friends with the Ehrhart family I learned that Debbie was the one who took all those photos. I soon learned that photography was not her only passion. The Ehrhart boys were always number one on her mind.  She loved her family so much and was so proud of them all and everyone knew it. I always thought that was so admirable and will be the way I always remember Debbie. Life has been cruel to the Ehrhart family these last 20 years and that had certainly taken its toll on Debbie. I hope and pray that Debbie is finally at peace and that you Jeff, can remember all the good your mom brought to many of our lives.

Jack Melhuish
Posted by Kathy Ehrhart on April 9, 2021
There are far too many stories and moments to share here that can capture our life together and how we felt about each other. She was my second mother. And she welcomed me with open arms into her family from the very beginning. I like to think I was the daughter she always wished she may have had in addition to her sons, two sons who she loved beyond all love. She took me into her heart, her confidences and asked me to do the same. Even now I can think of us sharing a conspiratorial wink across the room with each other after we "helped" Glenn or Jeff "think" they had come to "the right decision" about something on their own. ; )

We aren't equipped to deal with the amount of loss she had in her life, but perhaps the thing I will remember most is seeing her hold both of my babies within hours of their birth, and seeing in her eyes the capacity to feel joy and love again. 

Deb: I hope that love and joy is blossoming evermore as you are reunited with Steve and Glenn. And I promise to keep an eye on your family down here until you can be with them again. Much love always, Kathy
Posted by Deanna Schingoethe-Gall on April 8, 2021
I will always remember a special weekend that all of the Schingoethe ladies and your mom spent in Minneapolis shopping together. Your mom was always so nice to talk with and she thought the world of her family. I am so glad that she was able to share so many precious memories with you and your family over the years.
Posted by Douglas Turner on April 8, 2021
While Jean and I have only known Deborah for a short time, it was clear to us her love for her family. She would talk with such admiration and love of Glenn and how torn she was when Stephen passed, but there was always light in her eyes for you, Jeff, and your beautiful family. Take comfort that your mother has moved on to a better place and is looking down on all of you with love.

Doug and Jean
Posted by Shelby Bakken on April 8, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Bakken Family
Posted by Jennifer Carlson on April 8, 2021
My deepest sympathy in the sudden passing of your Mom. I enjoyed spending time with her & your Dad. I have a special memory when they came to Malden with Tom & Mary Kay & I made Lasagna. It was a FUNtastic time! We liked to share & compare different Casinos we’d been to. You are in my thoughts & Prayers during this difficult time. Love, Aunt Jenny
Posted by Tricia Norberg on April 8, 2021
Hi Jeff,

We were so sorry to hear this news.  Thinking of you and your family. 

Love,
The Norbergs
Posted by Colette MK on April 7, 2021
Jeff,
Your mom loved you and your kids so much. May you feel her love always. Sending our prayers and love to your family.

Love,
Colette & Jim

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Posted by Diane Snyder on April 18, 2021
I met your mom in 1970 working at Max Factor. My first husband Richard and I were in your parents wedding party, unfortunately my husband passed away at the tender age of 49. I'm sure you won't remember but you and your brother have played with my daughter and son when you were in grade school. I loved your parents I had spoken with Dad when he was sick and I know he fought a hard battle. Finding out Mom is now gone is a heartbreaker for me. I know they have found each other again along with your brother and I hope Rick Walker and Jimmy Jones have caught up with them by now. 
Love to you and your family
Posted by Bill Mohr on April 12, 2021
The first time I recall meeting your mom was at Tom Schingoethe's 60th birthday party. I remember her warmth to me and especially her warmth to my son Ryan. Since he is on the Autistic Spectrum I often felt nervous introducing him to strangers. My concern was quickly relieved because your mom was no stranger. She understood and her warmth made us both feel very welcome around her. Living in a different part of the country, I didn't get to spend much time with her, but her great love for her family was evident from pictures I saw and stories I heard.
Death and grief are difficult parts of life and sudden deaths even more so. May the support of those close to you give some measure of comfort and solace. Sending my condolences, my love, and my prayers.
Uncle Bill
Posted by bob brown on April 9, 2021
Enjoyed the times I spent with Deborah at Overture functions and the times she joined small our groups for a chance to eat out.

She will be missed. All best to her family in this difficult moment.

Bob Brown
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