This page was created by Debbie's best friends to showcase the beautiful life and accomplishments of a fearless woman who overcame obstacles every day to live life on her own terms. Never to be underestimated, she was loyal, loving, generous, compassionate, and unapologetically true to her beliefs. She touched many people and had many friends. She used her voice to advocate for herself and others on issues relating to the Americans With Disabilities Act, anti-racism, animal cruelty, and other social issues. Deborah loved movies, ... more
Deborah Schulte Little Deb and Little Therese.
Deborah Schulte Our Muscular Dystrophy Poster Child!! She was a star long before most of us even knew her! Recognize Hilton Kaderlie, Jerry Lewis, and Denise D'Ascenzo in those photos? How about Brandon Lajoie and Theresa Nadeau?
Robin Marie playing with our new camera at Henry St/Windsor apartment - September 1998
Robin Marie Deb and I went to Vegas in April of 2001. Stayed at the MGM Grand in a room overlooking the strip. It was a great week. Combos of sightseeing all the "must do's" of vegas...including a topless review at Bally's...lol Most of the week was spent listening to music (rick springfield concert, dueling piano bar at NY NY hotel), comedy shows at Harrah's and Illusionist shows at Tropicana. We loved the cross bridges with elevators to get around, the monorails and the fact that you could drink/walk/roll the streets without a problem! Also, we went right after Ocean's eleven came out...so had to go to the Bellagio!!! Alas no sightings of Brad or Julia....lol We loved the Lions at our hotel. And not long after we visited, one of the tigers we took pics of at Bellagio ate the Sigfried/Roy guy.... we always wondered which one..lol There was a lot of sun, as you can tell by Deb's sunburn. And we pulled an all nighter to get there. Flew through Dallas...couldn't land because of a tornado on the ground so flew around for a couple hours....until we got low on gas...had to fly down to Austin for some fuel and by then DFW opened back up. But we missed our connector. So American put us up at a nearby hotel for a whopping 3 hours of sleep (which was more like 20 min cat nap) before we flew onto Vegas the next morning. Got there at 9am...which is why Deb looks like "death warmed over" in some pics with the grey tshirt and bedhead. We didn't care at that point...we made it and were by the pool very quickly! the pics of here by the handicapped signs...well that was by the Venetian....they have the gondolas/waterway. And at certain entrances there were stairs on the far side...so that is why there is a "NO CRIPS" sign. Of course we were totally making fun of the signs! (we knew why they were like that but it was still a cute joke...ok,...maybe we were a bit inebriated...which made it even funnier). The glass/art was incredible. And so FREAKING expensive. At one point i walked up behind deb and told her the price of a piece she was looking at...$4,500 and Faberge Eggs for 10x that!! In unison we both said "ok...back away very very very slowly" Our fear...we were kinda drunk and are always very "horsey"...we didn't need to break anything!! We even got tattoos....as you can see, deb got hers with the Backstreet Boys :) I was a bit more reserved, got my astrological sign. p.s. - the Gladys Knight photo was for Tracy... a throwback reference to her wedding when we were "the pips" lol P.P.S. - anyone who has traveled with Deb/Us - we LOVE a good bathroom! Most times it's more important than the bedroom areas. In this case, both were acceptable! lol
Robin Marie Pink Panther Water show at Bellagio (movie doesn't do it justice...)
Robin Marie This was the night Keith Urban touched her hand, stopped and said “hello sweetheart” before he kept walking through the audience
Deborah Schulte Debbie LOVED live music! We estimate that she saw more than 300 live music performances including the Backstreet Boys, Keith Urban, The Eagles, Tom Petty, Garth Brooks, The Corner Boys, Billy Joel, Sting, Elton John, Jimmy Buffet, No Doubt, ZZ Top, Justin Timberlake, NKOTB, Paula Abdul, 38 Special, Bad Company, Travis Tritt, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart and many great local bands at the Russian Lady and Arch Street Tavern. Here's a place to share your concert memories. Here's Debbie and Robin at Garth Brooks at the TD Garden. Legal Seafood before the show.
Robin Marie Keith Urban Nov. 2016 at Mohegan Sun
Robin Marie New Year's Eve with Auntie Deb! Dec. 31, 2016
Robin Marie Deb got me this for Christmas a couple years ago. Xoxoxo
Robin Marie Tracy’s wedding. And for the record, we (Deb, I and a few other bridesmaids had preferred a different dress - but we would have worn paper bags if Tracy asked. We were her pips!)
Deborah Schulte New Years Eve with Crystal, Joe and Robin
Robin Marie NKOTBSB Concert - May 2011 @ Mohegan Sun
Deborah Schulte With Hannah. Fishstix having drinks!
Robin Marie I could literally fill this entire album with concert memories! Tracy is not kidding when she says we’ve gone to ALOT over the years. I’ll try to share them all but I know I’ll miss important details. See, Debbie was my social recorder / social secretary, not only could she tell me exactly the event that occurred but also what I was wearing, what she was wearing, and if a meal was involved — what we ate. She remembered the tiniest details more than we could ever try. Here’s a few “adventures” - camp hemlocks, a couple years of New Year’s Eve parties and the black dresses were for a wedding we were heading to. We were each other’s wedding dates for most of the 90’s. This one was her aide Linda’s son. Waterbury, CT
Deborah Schulte Brotherly love! Brian and Debbie
Robin Marie My beautiful besties when they did their annual Christmas card!!
Deborah Schulte Her beautiful Mommie, Gail Turnbull.
It’s hard to pick 1 or 2 stories from almost 50 years of life with my Pooky! Some of the best were the weekly trips with Megan, Garry T & Patrick to have lunch with Deb. And the many days & nights of Deb & I just hanging out watching our beloved Sox and telling each other secrets that we knew would never be revealed to others (sometimes to Brian), ...
Debs, you will always be the 1st woman I have spent the night with and what a beautiful night it was, laying there in our sleeping bags, under the mass universe we live in. It was such a special bond we shared and at that time quite the love/hate relationship that most teenage lovers experience. It took me a while to realize that I didn't know how ...
Danielle Singleton My fondest memories of Deb are from the weekends we spent together at Camp Hemlocks. It’s where our group of friends took root. Those friendships carried us through the years. “Back in the day” we avoided all planned activities and hung out, stirred up drama and found harmless trouble to get into. After all these years, those memories are among my favorite and the friends we made will always have a special place in our hearts. Deb, you’ll be missed! Give Therese, Kim and all the others that went before us a hug... until we meet again! ❤️
Danielle Singleton Take care of each other my friends❤️
Brandon Lajoie This photo was taken the evening of one of Camp Hemlocks'special dances they held every summer. I was sporting the Don Johnson/ET look and Debbie looked absolutely stunning! I was so proud to be her date, even after I told her she reminded me of Madonna! I can't believe I actually thought at the time that that was actually a compliment! What was I thinking???
Robin Marie There are so many great family photos in this batch. Loved looking at them close up to see so many touching moments captured - especially what might be the first photo capture of Deb's pouty lip smile at age 3.... or her being silly with Jerry Lewis. While looking at these with Tracy tonight - a couple of classic statements were made: "I found the hot tub pics!"... (tracy) "It's ok to post, I look awful, but Deb looked good (or loved that pic) so it's gotta go up" (said by both of us many times...and we know others might express similar feelings...xoxo) "Ah the early day's of Debbiepalooza"... referring to all the Birthday pics.... "well she came by it naturally" (robin) "wow that was quite a hair style" (tracy) " Oh this is a Dick's pic!".... (referring to Dick's last resort/Boston - Robin) "Awwww.....it's Ronnie! Oh wait here's another whaler...now which one is this??" (Robin) "Did you see this?? I had to look close...it's the infamous "I'm going to toast marshmallows on the stove burner" moment. Our Deb...she was brilliant" (Robin)
Phyllis Vidito Debbie, you are and will be missed. You have been part of our lives since you, Robin and Tracy became friends. It was wonderful going to concerts with you, we had many fun times together. You loved your cats, Jackson and Sydney and they loved you in return. You were a great fighter and a great inspiration to all who had the pleasure and honor to be in your life. Rest in peace sweet girl and enjoy your mother and father's hugs in heaven.
Robin Marie Thank you to everyone who sent flowers and made donations. Deb would have loved them!
It was said with love and a lot of “Ugly cry” tears - but I can’t think of a better person to get all snotty over! 💕💕 ************** Over the last year Deb started talking more and more about this day. Once Bear and then Therese passed away, she knew she was “next”. Whether it was about her healthcare needs, how her last wishes were played o...
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No words could ever express how heart broken I am. You were more than a cousin, you were my sister and best friend growing up; and as we grew up and did our own things, (you know darn well we still never REALLY grew up) we continued to enjoy life and dealt with everything that was handed to us. We laughed and cried and argued and laughed some more....