Debi Forst
November 23, 1952 - February 12, 2012
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Debi Forst, 59, went home to be with the Lord on February 12, 2012 at Moffitt Cancer Center surrounded by the love of her family and friends. Debi will be remembered for her loving spirit and the devotion she showed during the 30 plus years she cared for and educated children. Most recently she was…

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Deanna and Billy Ramseur left a message on February 28, 2012:
Miss Debbie took are of my sons Christopher and Matthew when she owned Wee Care Day Care. She always had such a wonderful smile on her face even when it seemed like there was chaos all around. She played a big part in raising my boys through out the years, even when she closed Wee Care she asked me if she could watch my boys at her home. She was such a wonderful lady and I will truly miss her. Thank you Debbie for loving my boys!!!!!! You will be missed by all who knew you. Deanna, Billy, Christopher, Matthew Ramseur
Judy Parr Lynch left a message on February 15, 2012:
Debi was one of the best, most wonderful friends I have ever had. We raised our children together, cheered together, sang together, played together, got into trouble together, and shared lots of laughter together. I will never forget our Halloween parties, our Pop Warner days, our Charlotte Cheerleading Academy trip to Dallas, our trips to watch Night Wing, and the love that Debi had for life. Whatever came our way, Debi was my "let's do it" friend! Once we went to see Rod Stewart in St Pete and finangled our way from the nose-bleed section (the seats we could afford) to the 5th row on the floor. She just had that way about her!! (Who could say 'no'???) Heaven is a little brighter with Debi Margaret (my "Maggie") smiling that mega-watt smile up there. Meet ya at the Dock of the Bay, sweet girl. I will miss you daily. All my love, Judy Kay
Wendy C left a message on February 15, 2012:
My condolences to the family and friends of Debi. May you find comfort in knowing that there is an Angel in heaven watching over you. Debi is with our Father now, surrounded by His children in heaven, dancing and singing and enjoying the afterlife. Thank you for all your service and dedication to God's children here on earth. Your impact will live on in the lives of those you''ve changed. Until we meet again, Debi.......
Pat Stoltz (Miss Pat) left a message on February 16, 2012:
My Prayers go out to Debi's family. I worked with Debi many years ago at the WeeCare DayCare. I will never forget the great times we all had. The parties, fun and many laughs. Too soon for her to leave us, she will always be remembered for that wonderful smile of hers, and never forgotten..Pat Stoltz.
Linda Malecha left a message on February 16, 2012:
I was so sad to hear of Debi's passing she was such an inspiration to so many children and their parents.She was such an important part of my son Jarrids adolescent years. She will forever be remembered.You will be in our thoughts and prayers
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Wanda Sapp left a message on February 16, 2012:
My deepest love and sympathy go out to the family. I will sooooo miss that beautiful smile and the warmth and comfort felt in Debi's presence. Most of all I will never forget the fun we always had when we were all together for a special occassion or just sharing our friendship. I know she will be watching her family from heaven. I pray that God will comfort all of you in your time of sympathy and give you guidance in the days to come. God Bless you Deb and may you rest in peace forever in our Lord's Heaven. I Love you all. Wanda
Sandra Breden left a message on February 16, 2012:
One of the last times I remember seeing Debi we were both at the park with our granddaughters...we watched them play while we talked and hugged and apologized to each other for the misunderstanding we had when I was employed by her. Debi allowed me to explore who I wanted to be as a teacher and unfortunately I didn't understand this until after I stopped working for her. One time when Debi took a vacation she brought all of her staff a gift which I still keep displayed in my living's a candle holder with 3 children holding hands and on the base it has the saying "Pray for Peace". My thoughts and prayers are with Debi and her family....may you all find Peace and comfort knowing that she is with her Awesome God.
Linda Martin left a message on February 16, 2012:
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Ralph and Willa Googe left a message on February 16, 2012:
Having worked for Debi in the 1980's I know her positive effect on children, parents and employees. She will be missed by many people. Ralph's and mine thoughts and prayers go out to all her family
Debbie and Bob Cortes left a message on February 15, 2012:
Oh, Bob! We are so sorry to hear of Debi's passing. We remember meeting her with you at Sharkey's on the beach, and we were so glad to know that you were happy. We will put in a word with Adam in Heaven to look our for her. So very sorry. Love, Deb and Bob
Pam F left a message on February 15, 2012:
Bob My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear this.
Academy of Little Achievers left a message on February 15, 2012:
Debi will be greatly missed. We have enjoyed sharing thoughts and ideas from our school to hers. She was a great resource and truly devoted to the children. Our Prayers are with her family at this time. -Shannon Clark Academy of Little Achievers
Rosemarie Patton- MorningStar Child Care Center left a message on February 15, 2012:
Our wishes and prayer to the family.
Kathy Castronova left a message on February 15, 2012:
I met Debi when one of my childcare children moved to Debi's Child care facility. She was very warm and friendly when I went to the center to see how the little one was adjusting. She shared ideas on how she set up her new center and showed me how professional and loving she was to the children in her care. I felt confident that the little one was moving on to a wonderful environment to learn and grow in. Thank you Debi for being so thoughtful to another childcare provider.
Bethany Jackomin left a message on February 15, 2012:
I met Mrs. Forst in 2010 when I was searching for a preschool for my daughter Kendra. Debi was so gracious and open and I immediately knew I wanted Kendra to be in her loving environment. The transition to preschool from private daycare was tumultuous to say the least, but Debi was so patient and kind that Kendra quickly formed a special bond with her. And so did my husband and I. She was always available to us for questions and took special care to address our concerns, no matter how silly or small, with patience and love......the same way she did with each child and teacher and parent around her. Debi's diagnosis of leukemia hit me very hard, and I was inspired to become a bone marrow donor. My husband followed suit and became a registered donor as well, a gesture that touched Mrs. Forst very much. Though I am glad that she is no longer in pain, Debi's passing leaves me with a deep sadness and heavy heart. Her smile and loving demeanor will be missed and her absense will be felt by all that knew and loved her. But I know her legacy will live on in us all and through the continued teaching of God's word at the Children's Christian Center. My deepest condolences go to her family and friends in this difficult time.
Susie & Bob Marshall left a message on February 15, 2012:
We are saddened to hear about Debi. We only knew her for a short time. Debi had a big heart & will be missed. We will keep her family in our prayers. Susie & Bob Marshall
Eileen Kachmar left a message on February 15, 2012:
I remember when her children were young and attending Meadow Park. I didn't teach any of her children, but I remember hearing the stories. For holidays she would really do it up. Heart shaped pancakes for Valentines Day, grenn socks for St. Patricks Day etc... She was always happy and fun to be around.
Angie Taillon left a message on February 15, 2012:
Debi, Thank you for your contagious smiles and laughter and for taking wonderful care of my children at Joyful Noise's summer camps. I always loved to hear you sing in chuch, especially "Our God is an Awesome God." My love and appreciation to you always. May you rest in Jesus' loving arms for eternity and make "joyful noise unto the Lord" with your beautiful voice in heaven. Love, Angie Taillon
Steven Barefield left a message on February 15, 2012:
I only know of Debbie through her daughter, Stephanie, and know that she must have been a special person to have raised the special daughter that she did. We're keeping all the fmaily close to heart during this difficult time.
Suzi Jamrog left a message on February 16, 2012:
Debi was such an asset to the child care community. She was professional, committed, and involved. She was always a hands on person in her businesses. Her passing is a loss to Charlotte County's children and families. On a personal note she was such a warm person who was always a lot of fun! I will miss not being involved with her.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Avril Lloyd left a message on February 16, 2012:
always had a smile and a cheery hello for everyone she meets. Rest in the Arms of Jesus, Debbie.
Ulli (Ulrike Zils, Germany) left a message on February 17, 2012:
Hello Bob, Brandon, Courtney and Stephanie I am writing to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I was very sad to hear about Debi she was a wonderful women with a beautiful great smile. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
Sandy & Jerry Huling left a message on February 17, 2012:
May Your Memories Bring You Comfort...there will always be a special place in our hearts where we can find comfort in the treasured thoughts of those we hold dear. Debi will always have a special place in our Hearts and we feel truly Blessed to have know her. May it help to know that others care deeply and are remembering you with special thoughts.
Joe & Lorrie Tanksley left a message on February 18, 2012:
We were saddened to hear that Debi lost her battle, but she will no longer suffer and will now shine on in everyone's memories. We wish to extend our sympathy to the entire family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Debi, you touched our children's lives through your teaching years ago at Wee Care, and loved them like your own. You are a special lady and will be dearly missed. Rest with God ~ Joe, Lorrie, Joey and Brandon Tanksley
Julie Nipper (Moore) left a message on February 19, 2012:
Brandon, Courtney, Stephanie, Scott and Bob, although we never met, my condolences to all of you for your loss. I have so many memories of Debi as we had our babies, raised our children together, shared holidays and created our own little family in Florida. Oh the wonderful times I can recall, the Halloween events, the Christmas gatherings, the weekends at the beach are all even more special in my heart. Debi is shining down on us and spreading joy to all the little children that are with her. May she rest in eternal peace.
PATTI BYRSKI-GROSS left a message on February 20, 2012:
Debi touched my family in many ways. With her beautiful smile, voice, and kind heart. Debi was one of the strongest and devoted people I have ever met. Teaching the children values, manners, and discipline were important to her. She instilled these into my youngest daughter, and I will be forever grateful. I remember how she was so dedicated to the children of Joyful Noise and their families after huricanne Charley came through destroying much of the area. While the school was turned into a shelter, she managed to provide the services and support to the famlies under extreme chaos; while, sacrificing her own needs and home. She was an amazing woman and will live in our hearts and memories forever.
Linda Cordair (formerly Zimmerman) left a message on February 21, 2012:
Miss Debi, cared for my children over 25 years ago. I think of her often and always will. She will be missed by so many.
Jo & Art Wilcoxon left a message on February 23, 2012:
Courtney, Brandon, Stephanie, & Bob. We are so sorry for your loss. When I heard the news I was devistated... She was such a beautiful person. We shared so many memories and good times... We first came to know her when our children were young in Wee Care Day care.........then life went on from there being involved in Pop Warner and school functions. Heavens have a special angel looking down on us all now... our deepest sympathies and may your love and memories help soften the hurt in your hearts.
michele left a message on February 23, 2012:
I am so very sorry for you loss. Stephanie is my oldest friend and I have known her mom for 20+ years.....she was a great lady for sure......
Jackie Goodchild & Family left a message on February 17, 2012:
We are so sorry to hear about Debi. Our hearts go out to you. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God send extra blessings to all of you at this difficult time.
Charlene Gardner left a message on February 17, 2012:
Bob: Sorry for the loss of your lovely wife, Debi. She was a wonderful person. You now have your very own Angel with you always. Charlene Gardner
Kristy Johnson and family left a message on February 16, 2012:
I still find it hard to believe that Debi is gone. She was truly a beautiful person, inside and out, and her kindness and dedication to my children when they were at Joyful Noise touched my entire family. We are all blessed that we had the chance to know her and her wonderful family, and to hear her sing during the time we were at Pilgrim Church together. She had a lovely voice, that was always praising God in some way. Debi, we will miss you, and are thankful that our paths crossed. God Bless you all- Courtney, Stephanie, Hailey, Drew, Bob, and all of Debs family.
Wanda Sapp left a message on February 16, 2012:
Bob, Scott, Brandon, Courtney and Stephanie, my heart and prayers go out to you at this unbievable time of sorrow. May God Bless you all and hold you in his arms with comfort and guidance thru this journey. Bless the grandchildren for I know how very proud she was of them and how much she loved them. Debi was a bright light in my heart at a time when I so desparately needed someone and I will always remember that. Her smile and soft and gentle manner was so noticed. She will be missed by so many. Rest in peace my dear friend.
The Combs Family left a message on February 16, 2012:
My deepest sympathy to Bob and the entire family. My heart shattered when I heard of Debi's passing. What an awesome woman! We were privileged to have our daughter attend Joyful Noise when she was the director. She was loving and caring with every single child. So, of course we followed her to Children's Christian Center. She and Mrs. Baker filled that place and the kids with so much love. I knew my daughter attended the best center in the county. She will be missed immensely by so, so many. Yet, I can imagine now she is singing songs and praying over meals with all the "little" angels in Heaven. We love you, Debi ! May you rest in peace.
Mary Knuttel left a message on February 16, 2012:
We are sorry for the passing of your mom. Debi was a special person, and touched the lives of many people. I first met her over 3 decades ago, and watched her dedication to being a mom. Sarting a daycare so she could be with you. Debi had a beautiful smile, and when she talked about the grandkids, you could see the love and pride in her face. She will truely be missed. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Mary & Charlie Knuttel
Liz Jarvis left a message on February 16, 2012:
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time. David and I were blessed to have known Debi and her joyful spirit. That infectious smile and beautiful voice will be greatly missed. The Lord just got an Angel. Our deepest symapthies, Liz and David Jarvis
Debbie Evangelista left a message on February 17, 2012:
I am so sorry to hear of Debi's passing. I had the opportunity to meet Debi when I helped out at her center a couple of times. Debi was such a warm and caring person and I can see how easily it was to consider her a friend. She made an impact on many lives and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family in this very difficult time. I hope that you all find peace and comfort in the days ahead. RIP Debi..heaven just received another angel.
Societe Caponette left a message on February 17, 2012:
Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. May you and your family find peace and strength in your memories of Debi. God Bless you all.
Hope Petkus left a message on February 17, 2012:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Bob and your family may Debi remain your hearts and memories always. with our most deepest sympathies, Hope & Michael Petkus
Frank and Jacque Ross left a message on February 14, 2012:
Our prayers are with Bob and the family. We will miss Deb's smile and her beautiful singing voice. Deb's life touch many people. It was our pleasure to know her. Love n prayers, Frank and Jacque
Roberson Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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