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Deborah R. LaCroce (Renton)

Deborah R. LaCroce, of New Britain, PA passed unexpectedly on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at her home, at the age of 72. Debbie was born on January 12, 1949, in New Rochelle, NY to Harry and Marion Renton. She was the beloved wife of Leonard T. LaCroce Jr. for 39 years.

After graduating from Endicott College, Debbie spent her early adult life in Manhattan working in advertising and media. She met her husband Len at the Jersey shore, forever bonding them through their mutual love of the beach.

Debbie and Len raised their two daughters in Bucks County, PA, where she took an active role in the community. A fierce advocate for all children and an avid reader, Debbie championed the book fair at her daughters’ school. Debbie valued her time spent volunteering for school activities, Girl Scouts, youth sports, and chauffeuring kids around town from one event to another in her iconic, red Volvo station wagon.

In the summer, Debbie’s garden was her oasis, and she was always willing to share a bowl of juicy tomatoes and her raspberry jam. During the holidays, Debbie’s homemade candy, especially her caramels, were a staple in the lives of her loved ones.

Becoming a grandmother was one of Debbie’s greatest joys. Debbie loved spending time at the beach with her granddaughter, Nora, collecting seashells. Debbie also took great comfort in snuggling her grandson, Beau.

Debbie was the epitome of a true friend, never hesitating to provide her honest insight or lend a helping hand. She loved fiercely and expressed that love to friends and family through countless moments filled with laughter, compassion, strength, and hope.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two daughters, Alexis McKelvey and her husband Robert McKelvey of Crofton, MD, and Nikki LaCroce and her wife Holly Mahal of Kirkland, WA, her two sisters, Michel Callahan of Bradenton, FL, and Judy Boehm of Jupiter, FL. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Nora and Robert (Beau) McKelvey.

Her family will receive friends on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 11:00 until her funeral mass, 12:00 noon at St. Jude’s Church, 321 W. Butler Avenue, Chalfont, PA 18914.  Her interment will be held privately.

If attending, all CDC requirements for social distancing and the wearing of masks will be followed during the visitation and service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the New Britain Baptist Church Food Larder www.newbritainbaptistchurch.org  Raising a Reader www.raisingareader.org or to the American Heart Association www.heart.org

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  • Morning Visitation

    Thursday, February 25th
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    St. Jude Church
    321 West Butler Avenue
    Chalfont, PA 18914

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, February 25th
    12:00 PM

    St. Jude Church
    321 West Butler Avenue
    Chalfont, PA 18914

  • Interment will be held privately at a later date

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