Deborah "Debbie" Anne (Albright) Wilt

October 5, 1948 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Deborah "Debbie" Wilt Obituary

Deborah “Debbie” Anne Wilt, 75, of Lewistown, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 10:40 a.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital.  Debbie remained a pillar of strength and grace through even the hardest of times, never wavering in her devout faith in Jesus.

Born Oct. 5, 1948, in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Gerald and Mildred (Heiser) Albright.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph T. Wilt Sr., an infant son, and an infant sister, Abigail Albright.

Debbie is survived by: children, Joseph T. Wilt Jr. and fiancée, Mary Woods, Sean Wilt and wife, Vedra, and Kyle Wilt and wife, Kristin, all of Lewistown, and Stephanie Koenig and husband, Chris, of Reedsville; eleven grandchildren, Michael Bratton and wife, Liz, and Savanah, Sophie, Lyndsey, Madelyn and Gauge Wilt, Vivian and Harper Koenig, and Chloe Woods, Alec King and Max Persing; great-grandchildren, Carter and Colt Bratton; and brothers, David Albright and wife, Sally, of Okla., and Mark Albright and wife, Tina, of Pine Grove.

She was a graduate of Cornwall High School in Lebanon, Pa., a year early as she enjoyed reminding her family from time-to-time.  In 1968, after three years of study and sitting for two days to take all the tests, she graduated from Harrisburg Polyclinic School of Nursing with her RN license.

Debbie was first employed as a registered nurse at the VA Hospital in Lebanon, and later at Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital.  After the family moved to Lewistown, Debbie was co-owner of Wilt’s Vending and Wilt’s Apartments, alongside her husband, Joe.  She later served her community through her role, first as a volunteer, and then as Director of The Lumina Center in downtown Lewistown.  She served in this capacity with a great deal of gratitude.  She undoubtedly touched many young lives during her time at the Center and treasured her friendships that she made along the way.  From 1969 until her passing, Debbie was also a full-time wife, mom, and Grammy.  Her family was blessed by her selfless and boundless love, and by the example she set every day, of a Christian life.

Debbie was a very humble, loving, giving lady.  She had a sharp, informed mind and delighted in “punny” humor.  She was more apt to keep her opinions hers unless she needed to voice them.  She preferred more quiet, intimate gatherings with family and friends, to the large and loud.  She enjoyed simple, gentle beauty in many forms, like playing old hymns on the piano and sharing her pretty singing voice with her family or going for car rides beside Joe with no particular destination in mind.  She enjoyed going out for supper and reading books with, and to, her children and grandchildren until she’d feel sleepy and drift off midsentence.  She liked flowers and alpacas, and loved her cats, Peanut and Cricket.  She loved going for walks in Cape May, Willie Nelson and Morgan Freeman, and was known to play Pac-Man!

Debbie had a sassy side as well.  She confided in family that, as a little girl on the farm, she would stuff a tea bag in her cheek and sit on the fence and cuss like the neighbor farmer that she admired.  She hated their chickens, so she would knock them off their nest and into oblivion if she had the opportunity.  Debbie did not like people who took advantage of others less fortunate.  Debbie did not like sneaks or snakes, in fact, she wasn’t crazy about any reptiles.  Debbie did not like to cook squirrels, ride the Merry Mixer, or go for fast, hilly rides in the car.

Debbie leaves behind children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, other family, and dear friends.  Not one is sad that she is in Glory with her Lord and Savior, Jesus.  Not one is sad that she is free from this world’s pain and sickness, loneliness and loss.  We are all heartbroken with the thought and reality that we are now without this incredible, genuine lady.  Our Mom.  Our Grammy.  Our Sister.  Our Friend.  Without her we wouldn’t have our loving memories.  Without her, we wouldn’t have our standard for quiet strength, beauty, humility, integrity, and grace.  Without her love, we are all lonely for her precious soul.  Without her presence, we are all missing her tender touch.  Without her voice, we are without her gentle words of wisdom and understanding.  Without her face, we know that she’s gone on to her Heavenly home.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family, with private interment at the Wilt Family Cemetery in McClure.  A public celebration of Debbie’s life will be held in the spring.  Please mark your calendars for June 1, 2024.  Details will appear in The Sentinel and on Facebook closer to that date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Lumina Center, 18 East Third St., Lewistown, PA 17044, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn, Lewistown, is in charge of arrangements.  

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