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Deborah Ann Jacobson Kukert

August 21, 1968 - September 02, 2013


5-7:00 P.M. Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

9-10:00 A.M. Friday, September 6, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

10:00 A.M. Friday, September 6, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, Fargo.


Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Deborah Ann Jacobson Kukert

August 21, 1968 - September 02, 2013


Deborah (Debbie) Ann Kukert joined God in heaven September 2, 2013 at St. Alexis Hospital in Bismarck, ND.

Debbie was born August 21, 1968 in Orange County, CA. to Neal and Judith Jacobson. Debbie grew up in Fargo, ND and attended school at Holy Spirit Elementary and Shanley High School, graduating in 1986. She continued through life marrying Christopher Ricca and they raised two precious daughters, Christina Ashley (March 1, 1992) and Alexandra Nicole (December 2, 1993). Debbie met the love of her life, Wesley A. Kukert and they were joined together on November 27, 2010.

Debbie loved her sports. She participated and excelled in both swimming and track and later in life played volleyball, a passion she truly loved. She enjoyed watching football and was a true Bison fan as well as the only known fan of the New York Jets (ok, maybe not the only one). She loved watching her girls in all of their activities. The Harley Davidson name became part of her life as she and Wes became a couple. Education was also an important part of her life as she was attending Bismarck State College, studying to become a social worker, at the time of her death. This path became evident to her through her membership in Narcotics Anonymous. Debbie’s services to the fellowship will be missed. Debbie had many jobs throughout her life, but at the end she found a job she truly loved as a travel agent at Serco in Fargo, ND.

Debbie’s memories will be lived through her husband Wesley A. Kukert; daughters Christina Ricca and Alexandra (Matthew Gustafson) Ricca and her grandson Emmitt; step-children Kari Jacobs (children Alexis, Lyric, and Levi), Eric Kukert (children Jesslin and Zeller), and Nicholas Kukert; her parents Neal and Judy Jacobson; siblings Stephen (Lori) Jacobson, Kathryn (Curtis) Van Dyke, Laura (Jason) Boehler, Amy (Doug) Jacobson-Hay, Jennifer (Jeremy) Curtis, Julie (Eric) Long, and Michael (Erin) Jacobson. Debbie will also be remembered by her grandmas Frances Jacobson and Ione Brodigan, her in-laws, many neices and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

Debbie was preceded in death by her sister Jodi, her grandpas Vernon Jacobson and James Brodigan, and her uncle Jim Brodigan.


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  1. David Vanyo says:

    Brooklyn Center MN
    So sad to hear of Deb’s passing. Though I didn’t have many interactions with her, I will always remember what a genuinely nice person she was, always smiling as she walked the halls of Shanley. I sincerely hope that the fond memories you shared with Deb in her life will likewise bring smiles to you in the days ahead.

    Dave Vanyo
    Shanley class of 1987

  2. Jennifer Rinas says:

    Bismarck ND
    Kukerts and Jacobsons

    Im so so sorry about your loss, Ive know Debbie for a long time, back in the day when she would keep us updated with the OJ trial, to reconnecting with her at Serenity, she will misssed my many.

  3. Michelle (Hoss) Moe says:

    Eagan MN
    Neal and Judy and Family,
    I share your sadness of Debbie’s passing. I remember her as such a bright light in my day. Her love of sports, warm personality, and sincerity will be remembered always. My prayers for your healing and peace will continue.

  4. Kent Jacobson and Family says:

    Scottsdale ArizonaDear Neal and Judy and Deb’s sisters and brothers and extended family,

    We mourn your daughter Deb’s death with you.


    Our deepest sympathies and Love.

    Kent and Susan Jacobson and family.

  5. Morrie and Cathy Schwinden says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Neal, Judy and Family,
    Our hearts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We can’t imagine anything more heartbreaking than to bury a child, except to bury two. May you be comforted by the love of your family and friends.

  6. Stacy Larson Bossart says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Jacobson Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Debbie well but went to school with Katie and Steve. And Neal was my teacher. What a nice family, I am sure she will be missed. You are in my prayers.

  7. Dorothy Jacobson says:

    San Juan Capistrano CAI mourn the loss of a daughter of my nephew. I remember her in California so many years ago. Peace be with you, all.

  8. Vivian and David Macher says:

    Dana Point CAOur thoughts are with the family this morning as we celebrate her life. We ask for God’s strength and peace for all who mourn her passing.

  9. Karla Broeckel says:

    Bismarck ND
    To Debs family members with all of our deepest sympathy and prayers for your loss.

    Karla, Corey & Courtney Broeckel

  10. Rich Ludwig says:

    Neal and Judy,

    My sympathy on the loss of your daughter. I know my brother Mike would be sending this note if he could. He always respected the relationship he had with you and the other class of ’59 friends. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Rich Ludwig

  11. Chuck and Marlene Wetzel says:

    Mandan ND
    To all the Jacobson Family members and our grandchildren, Joanna, Sadie and Casey. You are all in our prayers during this sad time.
    Chuck and Marlene Wetzel

  12. Cheryl Dressler says:

    Bismarck ND
    I am the General Manager of the Hampton Inn of Bismarck, ND
    . Debbie worked for me three years ago before she moved to Fargo and just recently while she was back in Bismarck temporarily. What a wonderful lady and great employee. Last Saturday she and I had a great conversation while she was showing me pictures of her grandson whom she spoke about often. She will be missed tremendously by all of us here at the hotel. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family.
    Cherish all of the memories as I am sure you have thousands.
    God Bless

  13. Melody Kohler, Marcus Drayton & Family says:

    Dear Jacobson and Kukert Family,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We worked with Deb at Serco and she made the day fun. Our family has you in our prayers and thoughts during this time. She will be truly missed by all those who got to know her. God Bless your family.

    Marcus, Melody and Family

  14. Mary Ann Albert says:

    St. Cloud MN
    Dear Judy and Neal and your entire family,

    What difficult, devastating news to receive about your daughter’s passing! My heart goes out to you.

    So sorry that I am not able to attend the funeral services. Prayers surround you as you bid the “earthly farewell” to your lovely daughter. May God’s grace be a comfort to you now and in the future.

    Mary Ann Albert

  15. John and Dede Ford says:

    Clover SCTo the Kukert and Jacobson Families:

    Our deepest condolences, prayers and love to you all in the Loss of Debbie.

    John and Dede Ford

  16. Vickie Dudick says:

    Raleigh NCNeal and Judy- So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and sending prayers.

  17. May and Jim POmeroy says:

    Wes, we are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and yours.

  18. Tom Briese says:

    Bismarck North Dakota
    So sorry to hear the loss of your sister, Jenny and Julie and family.

  19. julie jensen says:

    so sorry to hear of your loss

  20. Shawn Lisa and Ashton Steckler says:

    Bismarck ND
    Dear Kukert and Jacobson families,

    We would like to express our condolences for your loss. Debbie was a lovely person and will be deeply missed.

  21. Shannon McCloskey says:

    Stephen MN
    So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of growing up on 23rd Avenue and all of us kids playing together. My prayers are with you all.

  22. Linda Graalum says:

    Fargo ND
    Wes and Family,
    Deb was a good friend of my daughter, Lisa and spent a good amount of time at our house. My Dad (Deb called him her step-grandpa), absolutely adored her. He always called her Big Deb because she was taller than Lisa. He carried her graduation picture in his wallet until he died in 1998. I believe Lisa shared that picture with the family last evening.
    Deb always had a smile on her face and was so outgoing. My husband Bob and I loved this sweet girl. I’m sure Bob and step-grandpa George were there to welcome her to her new Home. May God’s loving arms embrace all of you during this difficult time and in the days to come. God bless and always keep the memories near. God bless.

  23. Shelly Kuntz says:

    Bismarck ND
    The Jacobson’s have been part of my life for a very long time. They were always like a second family to me. My prayers go out to all of you in this time of sorrow. Memories of Debbie will live on forever in your hearts, and may they comfort you at this very difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  24. Jerry & JoAnn Elliott says:

    Keizer OROur hearts are there with you all. My god give you comfort in this time of sorrow.

  25. Shawn Feser says:

    St. Louis Park,MN To the Jacobson and Kukert Family. My condolences to you on your loss. May you remember her smile forever. Peace.

  26. JoAnne & Larry Jacobs says:

    Moorhead MnWes and family,

    So very sorry to learn of your sadness. You have always held a special place in our lives. God Bless.

  27. Stephanie Reitan says:

    Eagan MN
    My deepest sympathies to all Debbie’s family, friends, and loved ones, I am so very sorry for your loss. Debbie was my high school classmate, and I recall her with fondness and remember seeing her always smiling and surrounded by friends. I wish you all peace and comfort in these coming days. You will be in my thoughts.

  28. Lisa (Delaney) Baker says:

    Gilbert MN
    I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Deb’s passing. Deb was a high school friend and I always enjoyed being around her. She had a genuine personality that was down to earth and very fun. My prayers are with her entire family. I know she will be missed by many.

  29. Thomas F. Warner says:

    Bismarck North Dakota
    To the Jacobson and Kukert Family. Our condolences on your loss, may God be with you during this troubling time.

    Thomas and Candace Warner
    Bismarck ND

  30. Cathy Short says:

    fargo To the Jacobson/Kukert families. Debbie and I have been friends for over 30 yrs. I am so sorry for your loss. She was and will always be an amazing friend, mother, daughter, grandma and wife.

    I will miss her and I know she will be an angel looking down on all of us.

    God Bless

  31. Lisa McDonald says:

    Moorhead MN
    Debbie was genuine. She didn’t put an airs…instead she filled the room with her beautiful bright smile and made her family the center of her life. She lit up whenever talking about sports….especially playing sand volleyball this summer…..her leg injury early in the season sidelined her but she became the teams biggest cheerleader… She was a gem and will be dearly missed

  32. Lisa Buck says:

    West Fargo ND
    To Deb’s daughters, husband and family our deepest sympathy for your
    loss. This was a shock to hear by all of her friends and co-workers here at Serco. She will be missed our prayers are with you in this time of you’re sorrow.
    Friends and colleagues Lisa Buck, Mia Clark.

  33. Lori Wertz says:

    To the family –

    It was a great pleasure to work with Deb at Serco. You would not believe the number of people she touched here at work. We are all very saddened by Deb’s passing. You will be in our prayers.

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