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Searching our souls to get through this tragic loss of our loved one, Deborah Mann and the grief that follows.

Deborah (Debbie) Ann Crockatt, 64, was born in Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada on April 1, 1958 to Wally and Janet Crockatt. Debbie was the eldest of three daughters.

She spent most of her childhood in Ontario and spent summers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula working at her grandparents’ supper club, The Rendezvous.

She graduated from Lakewood HS in Kenora, Ontario, where she met the love of her life, Robert Aurthur Mann (Bob). After graduating, she attended Red River Community College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she earned her degree in nuclear medicine.

In October 1980 she married Bob, soon after they moved to Edmonton, AB. where she was employed at the Royal Alexander Hospital in the Department of Nuclear Medicine.

In 1984, Debbie and Bob welcomed their first daughter, April. They moved to the Fox Valley, Wisconsin area in 1989 to be closer to their family. Their son Christopher was born in 1991, who died suddenly aged four months and nine days. With cautious optimism, they welcomed their youngest daughter, Ashleigh in 1992.

Debbie continued her career by earning an Advanced Practice Diploma as a Physician Assistant and began a new role with Radiology Associates of the Fox Valley.

Over the next few years, Debbie lost both parents to aggressive cancer. Devastated by the loss, she and Bob decided to live a more peaceful and serene existence on the shores of Lake Superior. Around this time, Debbie’s focus shifted to other passions outside of the medical field. This led her to a career in community service in the Hancock area.

During this time, she received an Outstanding Service Award from the City of Hancock for her work as a liaison between the city, downtown businesses, the Michigan Department of Transportation and contractors during the reconstruction of Quincy Street. . Additionally, she received the Outstanding Service Award from the Hancock Rotary Club for leading the renovation efforts at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Debbie has dedicated many years of her life to volunteerism and has inspired others to focus on service rather than self.

Debbie worked as the coordinator for the Hancock Downtown Development Authority (DDA), where she established the Farmer’s Market. Additionally, as part of the recreation commission, she was proud of her influence in the opening of the Hancock City Dog Park and the Pickle Ball grounds. Debbie was a proud member of the Hancock Planning Commission, Hancock Beautification Group, Hancock Business Professional Association, Bridgefest Committee, Make a Difference Day, 31 Backpacks, Key Ingredients, Canal Run, Walk annual Christmas, Movies On Quincy Green and Italian Fest. . She recently celebrated Hancock’s acquisition of the History Preservation Grant, which will be used to restore the city’s downtown. We find peace knowing that his impact on the city will continue for many years to come. When asked why she was so involved, Debbie replied “Awards are not the reason I do what I do. They are the culmination of the efforts of many volunteers. We all want to make the world a better place, one small project at a time.

Of all her life’s accomplishments, being a “Bucca” grandmother was her absolute favorite. She joked that being a grandmother was so much fun she wished she had done it first. Debbie had an adventurous love of travel, an eye for decorating and a distinctive palette.

She was proud of her thirst for learning. She enjoyed diversity and was able to strike up a conversation with anyone. In a recent post, Debbie shared with her daughters the following, “My really special talent is that I can strike up a conversation with a message! I have a generosity of spirit and try to connect with everyone I can. giving happiness or impacting a single person is a superpower.

Debbie is predeceased by her grandfather Joseph Masini; stepmother, Rita Mann; son, Christopher James; mother, Janet (Masini) Crockatt; father, Wallace Crockatt; grandmother, Louise Masini and stepfather, Robert Mann Sr.

Family members left to pick up the pieces include her husband, Robert Mann; his favorite oldest daughter, April Young (Jason); his favorite youngest daughter, Ashleigh Mann (Adam); grandchildren, Grant, Ellie, Lucy and Jack; sisters, Lisa Finnegan (Carlos) and Marti Crockatt (David), extended family and dear friends.

A special thank you to his family, dear colleagues and many dear friends, for helping us move forward as we navigate this unexpected bereavement. We would like to thank the fire department, first responders, police department and health care providers for their tireless efforts.

Debbie is a profound reminder that there is only heartbreak where there once was love.

A celebration of life will be held at the Finland American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy St. Hancock on Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund was established at Hancock National Superior Bank in Deborah Ann Mann’s name. Donations will be redistributed to the Hancock community as Debbie would have wished.

An online guestbook is available at

The O’Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is helping with the preparations.

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