Deborah "Deb" Ann Kirsch Kolbjornsen, 66, of York, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Her untimely death was caused by a sudden fall while walking in the woods.
Born to Andrew and Albina Kirsch, of Riverhead, Long Island, NY on July 5, 1954, Deborah graduated from Riverhead High School in 1972. She went on to persue her Bachelor's degree at Boston College, graduating in 1976. Her time in and around the Boston area was very special to Deb, and during this time she made many dear friends who she kept close until the end.
In 1988 she married loving husband Peter and moved to Maine. She began teaching at Mast Way Elementary School in 1988, and cherished her time at Oyster River Cooperative School District until her retirement in 2017. She is remembered fondly by her many colleagues and by countless former students whose lives she touched.
After her retirement, Deb found great pleasure in her volunteer work at both the York and Kittery Art Associations, along with several other local organizations. A dedicated member of the arts community, Deb will be missed by the many dear friends she made as a result of her involvement in these organizations.
Deb is survived by her husband of 33 years, Peter Morbekk Kolbjornsen, daughter Kate Elisabeth Kolbjornsen, son Andrew Olaf Kolbjornsen, his wife Jacklyn Moylan and son Atlas Moylan Kolbjornsen, as well as sisters Karen Semigran of Hague, NY and Paula Albin of Mexico Beach, FLA. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.
Her family is devistated by this sudden loss, but will hold her in their hearts as they
Deb was a truly spectacular human. Her courageous spirit, her unfaltering loyalty to loved ones, and her unparalleled beauty, kindness, and tenderness will not be forgotten.
The family will hold a private ceremony this week. A celebration of life will be held later in the season, date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Fair Tide homelessness reduction program in Kittery, ME.
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