Deborah Ann Leffel


5-7 p.m.
Friday, March 1
Gerth Funeral Home


1 p.m.
Saturday, March 2
Gerth Funeral Chapel



{July 21, 1950 - Feb. 26, 2019}

Deborah Ann Phillips Leffel died February 26, 2019 at her home in Cantril, IA.

She was born July 21, 1950, to Edward and Dorothy (Siefken) Phillips in Burlington, IA. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1968.

Deborah married Dennis L. Knotts July 26, 1968. They later divorced in 1983.

On May 11, 1985 she married Lawrence (Larry) Leffel. He passed away April 17, 1994.

Deborah played the piano for many years at the Pentecostal Church in Cantril. She also attended the Pentecostal Church in Memphis.

She liked to sew, garden, and bake. She also enjoyed attending yard sales and auctions. Most of all she loved her kids!

Preceding her in death were her husband; one daughter, Heather M. Leffel; one grandson, David Lee Cheney II; and one granddaughter, Rana Zochel Knotts.
Survivors are: her children, Kenneth L. Knotts, Krystal L. Poe and Dennis E. Knotts, of Cantril, Deborah J. Nicoli of Pulaski, Gabrielle C. Knotts of Burlington, Joshua D. Leffel of Eufalia, OK, Elissa K. Leffel of Cantril; stepson, Jack (Jay) Leffel of Oakville, IA; stepdaughter, Christina Williams of Fairfield; twenty-one grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 2nd at 1:00 p.m. in the Gerth Funeral Service chapel in Memphis with Brother Leon Buford officiating. Burial will be in the Purdom Cemetery in Keosauqua, IA.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 1st from 5-7 p.m in the chapel. The family will be present during that time to greet friends.

Memorials are suggested to the family.

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  1. To the family of Sis.Deborah, We are missionaries to India and want to send our condolences to you. We are sorry to hear of her passing for she will be missed greatly! She was a wonderful woman and we are blessed to have known her. Her life has impacted many people across the globe and her memory will live on in our lives and the people’s lives we minister-to. She has supported us and we want you to know her life and her care and love has touched others on the other side of the world! Heaven is sweeter and may you find peace during your time of loss! Love and prayers The Kuso family!

    Comment by Sameer and Amanda Kuso on February 27, 2019 at 10:57 pm
  2. Praying for peace and comfort to her precious family…Yes.. Heaven sounding sweeter all the time…debroah was a amazing women with many many talents. I met her in 1975 in Cantril Iowa Pentecostal church…

    Comment by Brenda wambold on February 28, 2019 at 4:47 pm
  3. First I would like to say I am very sorry to the family Deborah was an amazing woman and she will be missed very greatly she was the first woman to teach me how to make cookies as a child I grew up with her kids and were all like a family. She taught me how to skin a fish in the bathtub which was very scary but also a lot of fun I have so many memories with her every Sunday when my mom was at work I would go to her house and she would make big dinners and we could play cards and she just she was an amazing woman and I will miss her very much i haven’t seen her in many years and it breaks my heart that I lived so far away from her now but I miss her very deeply and I’m praying for the family

    Comment by Catherine Gallagher on March 1, 2019 at 11:01 am
  4. Our prayer is that God’s peace will comfort the family during this time. Debbie and I talked in recent weeks of when I would pull her behind the yard tractor on a saucer sled and she would scream in delight as we went around the big yard. Also remember her in front of the tv dancing to American Bandstand music and wearing a noticeable track in carpet!!!

    Comment by Dave Phillips on March 1, 2019 at 6:36 pm

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