Debra R. Clay

Debra R. Clay, 67, of Green Bay, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 26, 2023, at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay. Debra, better known as Deb, was born in Oconto County on Jan. 17, 1956, as daughter to the late Herbert and Elizabeth (Ratz) Sommerfeld.

Debra grew up helping on the farm and was a graduate of Gillett High School with the class of 1974. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history and business. On June 22, 1985, Debra married Lawrence Clay at St. John Riverside Lutheran Church in Gillett. She had two children with Larry, John and Allison, who were the center of her world.

Debra was employed as a bookkeeper for various businesses over the years, including Pierquet’s, Showcase Kitchens, MGL Fitness and most recently with Green Bay Nursery. She enjoyed all things Disney and Friday fish fries. Debra had a passion for plants, which she showcased with many flower gardens and hanging baskets around the house. She was a bargain hunter who enjoyed shopping, couldn’t pass up a good deal or leave a coupon to expire. She loved cooking, baking and spending time with her family during the holidays.

Debra is survived by her husband of 38 years, Larry Clay, Green Bay; one son, John Clay, Green Bay; one daughter, Allison (Joshua Romero) Clay, Texas; one sister: Linda Scapple, Minnesota; two brothers, Steve Sommerfeld and Kurt Krueger, both of Gillett; two brothers-in-law, Roger Clay, Minnesota, Steve (Sue) Clay, Michigan; and one sister-in-law, Carolyn (Dennis) Clay-Pineda, Michigan. Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herb and Liz Sommerfeld; one brother, Gary Sommerfeld; and one brother-in-law, Dick Scapple.

Visitation for Debra will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, at St. John Riverside Lutheran Church, 5686 State Highway 32, Gillett, from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 1 p.m. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Mark Palmer, with burial to follow at St. John Riverside Lutheran Church Cemetery.

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