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Debra Velasquez, 52, died Nov. 13, 2010, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 6, 1957, in Lima to Elmer and Eileen Leopold Drerup. Her mother survives in Ottawa and her father preceded her in death. On Aug. 23, 1980, she married Daniel Velasquez, who survives in Leipsic.

Mrs. Velasquez was a self-employed artist. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa. Family and friends were very special to her and she will be deeply missed by them. She enjoyed her Wednesday painting class and was an excellent cook.

Survivors also include her brothers and sisters: Jere (Sharon) Drerup, Larry (Lisa) Drerup and Linda (Michael Luttfring) Drerup, all of Ottawa, Denny (Cathy) Drerup, of Flowery Branch, Ga., and Jane (Jim) Engard, of Leipsic.

A memorial Mass will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa. There will be a private burial later.

Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, where a Scripture service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to SS. Peter and Paul Sister Parish in Guatemala.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.

Debra Velasquez
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