DeeAnn K. Westby, 63, of Rushford, MN died on Friday, September 13, 2019, at her home with her family at her side.
DeeAnn Kaye Brand was born on June 25, 1956, in Rushford, MN to Vernon and Marilyn (Johnson) Brand. She was raised in Rushford and was a 1974 graduate of Rushford High School. She graduated from technical school in Winona with a degree in cosmetology. DeeAnn married John Christensen, they had two daughters and were later divorced. She married Dean Westby on August 8, 1990, in Sturgis, SD. together they had two sons. She worked many jobs, primarily in healthcare and also in food service at the public schools. DeeAnn was a crazy, up-beat, fun loving, perky, adventurous, caring woman who was an absolute hoot. She will be missed by all who loved and knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Dean; daughters: Rana (Terry) Albrecht and Leah (Shawn) Tennant; a son, Steven (Alissa McCabe) Westby; grandchildren: Tawna, Tia, Kylie, Madison, Macy, and Izabella; and by a great-grandchild, Paisley with another on the way; siblings: Rick (Rhonda) Brand, Rocky (Holly) Brand, Rollie Brand, Ross Brand, Diane (Tim) Johnson, and Denise (Keith) Raaen, mother-in-law, Doris Westby, sisters-in-law, Cindy (John) Hoagland, Lisa (Dave Fairey) Von Arx, Ingrid (Will) Pape, and Tina (Kurt) Olloff.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Dylan, and father-in-law, Shelby Westby.
There will be a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019, at Highland Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Peterson, MN with the Reverend Luther Mathsen officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
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To Dean and family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Dee and we want to express our condolences and prayers to you and your family.
Gary and Diane Evenson
My sympathies go out to the whole family. It’s such a great loss😢I remember when we worked together at TRW. We laughed a lot & got into some mischievous things. I loved her because she told you what she thought. Rana was like a second daughter and I worked with Tia.I laugh because they are like Dee. RIP you crazy, loveable woman💜 I Know that you’re making everyone laugh in Heaven!
Family Members and Loved Ones,
On behalf of all the employees and the School Board Members at Rushford – Peterson Schools, I extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to you and your families. We were all saddened to learn of DeAnn’s passing. We commend her on courageous battle against cancer.
We enjoyed her contributions as a Kitchen employee. We could always count on her to “ liven” things up. She enjoyed interacting with the kids and was a valued member of our staff.
The saying goes that when we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that will watch over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you now have an angel who will lovingly watch over you.
Please trust that DeeAnn is in the warm embrace of the “Good Lord” and is at peace. Her pain and suffering is over and she will enjoy the joys and comforts of heaven.
May the Good Lord bless and comfort you and your families during this time of grief. We have you and your family members in our thoughts and prayers.
Chuck Ehler – Former R-P Superintendent
Dean and family,
I am so very sorry to hear of Dee's passing and hope all the memories you shared with her will bring peace and comfort to you.
Liz (Bellock) Fenner
sorry for your loss I will always remember Dee Ann. She was a great person. She was always happy in school. God bless and comfort you in time of need. Dorothy Himlie
Mama Dee I learned so much from you! Your smile was the light in any room. Your laugh contagious to all of us. And your heart bigger than every mountain. We will miss you very much!! xoxo Till next time, Thanks it has been one hell of a ride!
Great Lady that always took time to talk to me and ready with a hug. She lived a great life and will be remembered by many. God has a special place for this one.
Will always remember her beautiful smile. Rest in peace DeeAnn.
I had to bowwow 30 dollars from Deann un1989 in Sturgis ( black hills) for gas to make it home!!! Bad day for me gabbleing, lol
My Mom and Dad and I loved Dee!! She is my cousin's wife! I grew up with her daughters and sons and we'd always see eachother at Holidays or family gatherings. I always loved her precocious personality which all of her and Dean's children inherited! My favorite memory of Dee was when I was very young and in my cousin Cindy's (Dean's twin sister) wedding. I was the flower girl and Dee curled and styled my hair for the wedding. I couldnt get my head around how magical it was to have my very own hairstylist come do my hair at the church!!! I'm pretty sure she did more hair than mine that day but I felt like queen of world! She made me feel so special! Love you Dee and you whole family!
RIP DeeAnn. So Sorry for your loss Rana,Leah and Family. May you find comfort knowing she is no longer suffering and is now at Peace.
I only met her a couple of times very sweet loving lady may you rest in peace fly high beautiful angel
So sorry for your loss. She was an awesome lady. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Thoughts and prayers to DeeAnn's family and close friends.
So sorry for your loss Dee Ann was always a lot of fun and had a great sense of humor. Know she will be greatly missed.
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