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Deborah Ann Delli Gatti Vaupel

  • On July 12, 2019

Deborah Ann Delli Gatti Vaupel, age 60, of Castle Shannon, formerly of Cheswick, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 12, 2019.

Born on November 11, 1958, she was the daughter of the late Patricia and Edward Delli Gatti.

She was the beloved wife of Dave Vaupel for 20 years; loving mother of the late Matthew Sheasley; step mother of Jen (Kevin) Streussnig and Eric (Allison) Vaupel; cherished grandmother of Kayla, Jaden, Carlyn, Shana, and Nate; dear sister of Tina Delli Gatti Zalewski, Edward (Darlene) Delli Gatti and the late Michele (David) Lewis and Ronald Delli Gatti; also survived by many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Deb was a gifted artist who enjoyed painting and stain glass.  She loved the outdoors, especially horseback riding and gardening, and volunteering with Military Connections. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with family.

Family and friends are welcome Tuesday, July 16, 2019 from 4 pm until the time of service at 8 pm, at Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Military Connections, 312 Auburn Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

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Lori Thomas
  • Jul 14 2019
I've known Debbie for over 35 years. I met her at work and we instantly bonded at the copy machine. Soon after that I introduced her to my friends in Wheeling WV who I met there while playing in a band. A short time later she had lots of Wheeling friends. I remember all the many weekends we spent at the bars there. My fondest memory there was when one of my former band mates invited us backstage at the Wheeling Jamboree and he introduced us to the members of the band Exile (known for I want to Kiss you All over). They treated us like we were groupies and tried to hit on us before they got on stage. We got so mad that we crashed their dressing room and ate a lot of the food and took their very large bottle of Champagne and walked out. My Wheeling days slowly ended after I got married but Deb continued the trips to wheeling and always told me about her trips and fun she had. We were both divorced when I met Deb and I would have never guessed she was a single mom with a child. While I have no kids of my own I love to play with them so me, Matt and Deb had several get togethers at her house. My most memorable time with Deb and Matt when he was around 2 years old and we were walking together down a street in Lawrenceville and an old man walked passed us. Matt looked up at Deb and said "Mom, what do you suppose that man was thinking about." Deb was such a great mom and I my heart ached for her for many years after that. My most memorable alone times with when Deb would come over at Christmas time to help me put up my Christmas tree. The last time she helped me, I couldn't find the Christmas tree stand so I ran out to Walmart at 9pm and bought a new one. After we finished decorating the tree and poured 2 large glasses of red wine (after already finishing a bottle), we noticed a switch on the bottom of the tree stand. We were sitting on my light gray carpeting when Debbie pushed the switch and the tree started spinning. We thought we were imagining it since neither one of us had ever seen aspinning. We looked at each other and in unison said "Is that tree spinning" and we thought we just had too much wine. We both knocked over our entire glass of wine. Then it dawned on me that I had recently been to Napa and bought a bottle of Wine Away that is supposed to take red wine out of anything. I ran to get it and sprayed it all over the wine and it completely disappeared before our eyes. We thought about doing it again but we were running out wine. I don't think I've ever laughed as much as I did that night. In 2011, I moved to San Diego and my time was limited but we always managed to get together when I came back to Pittsburgh in July and December. We always got together for lunch at her favorite bar, Carbonaros. We always started our lunch with a Cosmopolitan. I would always call her to find out when I was going to get and e-mail with either a new stained glass piece or painting. She was an incredibly talented artist. I'll miss our lunches and I miss my friend. I know you are resting in peace, Deborah, and are up there making some beautiful paintings and stained glass art. I only wish I wish you could e-mail me pictures of them.
Kimberly Pfeiffer
  • Jul 14 2019
I met Debbie at Carbonaras, I am the bartender there! Debbie and Dave would come in on Friday nights and sit in their favorite booth! I got to know her and Dave and they always made me laugh! I was very sad to hear she had cancer as I am a breast cancer survivor! I prayed for her to get better! She was so positive through it all that I seen. I will miss her on Fridays but when I look over at that booth she loved to sit at I know she will still be there in a different kind of way! Rest In Peace Debbie I’m so glad I got to know you! Until we meet again! Love you!
Al &!Pam Klopsic
  • Jul 16 2019
Our love and prayers to the entire family of Debbie whom we knew from Springdale High School. A sweet woman who will be missed. May God bless you all and give you peace.