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Kolodji, Deborah “Debbie” July 1, 2021

Deborah “Debbie” Kolodji of Allamuchy, New Jersey, passed away peacefully in her home on July 1, 2021.

Debbie was born July 27, in Brooklyn, New York to Patricia Shields. A long time New Jersey resident, Debbie was raised on Lake Hopatcong and attended Morris Catholic High School. Debbie lived in California and New Hampshire, before returning to Allamuchy with her husband Earl, whom she was happily married to at the time of her passing.

Debbie was a devoted wife, sister, daughter and mother. She touched many lives with her generosity, passion for life and infectious laugh – Debbie was the life of every party. Debbie loved cooking and baking, concerts with her husband, her cats: Taco, Marty & Winston and singing and dancing to Cher. Most of all, Debbie loved spending time with her family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Debbie is survived by her loving husband Earl Kolodji, her mother Patricia Shields, her sister Lisa Giambattista, brother-in-law, Michael Giambattista, niece Jennifer Giambattista, and nephew Michael Giambattista Jr. She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Brendon.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 5th from 4pm – 8pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840.


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    Nathalie Jackson says

    I worked with Debbie for a few years at Weis Markets in Hackettstown. From the time she walked in the door until time she left, she greeted everyone with a genuine smile. You wouldn’t know if she had a bad night because she smiled the whole shift. Debbie was such a giver that everyTuesday she would bring everyone a cake that she spent the morning making. What I remember the most is the love she generated with her smile. I miss Debbie and will hold her in my heart.

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    Eileen Lindsley says

    I work with Debbie in the Weis at Hackettstown. She always had a smile waiting for us. She will be sadly missed

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    Steve Rome says

    It was great working her while I was at the Weis markets in Hackettstown. Will miss you greatly. Always bright and cheerful. Looking forward to seeing you again

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    Michelle C says

    Rest in the sweetest peace Debbie! I’m glad that I got the chance to get to know you and Earl! You were always so happy and a ray of sunshine always! Thank you for all the memories.. Rest in peace

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    Cheryl Donaldson says

    Debbie it is your Birthday today and I should be filling your car with balloons like every year.
    The only thing filling up is my eyes with tears.
    Missing you like crazy.

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    Rhonda Kolodji says

    I love you so much Debbie and miss you dearly. You were the highlight to everyone’s day & night. You always brought sunshine to a dreary day. Rest is peace my dear sister. You, our sweet & adorable angle, will be heartfelt in memory everyday until we see you again for that amazing hug and grand smile.

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