Deborah Ann Stelmach


Deborah Ann Stelmach (Farry), a homemaker from Malden passed away suddenly on July 9, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Somerville, but spent her entire life in Malden with her husband John where they raised their family.

She was married to her high school sweetheart, John Michael Stelmach, for 45 years when she lost the love of her life in 2014. She leaves behind two children, Laurie Josefowitch (Stelmach) and her husband John Josefowitch, and John R. Stelmach and Jennifer Stelmach. Sister of the late Richard Farry Jr. of Malden and his late wife Jean, Karen Noonan and husband Michael of North Andover, David Farry and wife Sheila of Laconia NH, Sandra Martineau and husband Wayne of Malden, Patricia Gillespie and husband William of Malden, and Thomas Farry and Laura Dewsnap of Malden. She was the sister-in-law of Robert Stelmach and his wife Beverly of Tewksbury. She also leaves behind nieces, nephews, and many friends that were a part of her extended family. Everybody that sat at her kitchen table knew Debbie as a second mother.

Debbie leaves behind five loving grandchildren who she had a large part in raising, Stephen, Christopher, and Kaycee Josefowitch, as well as Ashley and Matthew Stelmach.

Debbie enjoyed spending time with her family, she loved to gamble and play cards with her siblings while hosting holidays. Debbie met many lifelong friends while bowling in leagues, she loved to camp in New Hampshire, and was a huge Disney fan.

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  1. Cathy on July 13, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    May you rest in peace. We have had many fun times together growing up. Times I will cherish. Prayers are going out to the family to help get them through this i know its a huge loss.



  2. Karyn, Peter, Kyle, Evan, & Ryan on July 13, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Debbie was one of a kind! She was caring, funny, and had a huge heart. Everyone who knew her loved her. She was loved by so many, will be remembered always, and will be greatly missed. Rest in the sweetest piece Deb and give John a big hug from all of us. Xoxo <3



  3. Cathy Strum on July 13, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    May you rest in peace. We have had many fun times together growing up. Times I will cherish. Prayers are going out to the family to help get them through this. I know it’s a huge loss.



  4. Jeff and Lyn steadman on July 13, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    May you Rest In Peace in the arms of your love. Deb was such an amazing woman with the biggest heart and loved by so many. She will be deeply missed. We will never forget you love you fly high sweet Deb xoxo



  5. Christie on July 14, 2017 at 12:28 am

    May you rest in peace i will always remember the good old days being neighbors and what a sweetheart prayers for the family



  6. Jodi,Jack,Jenna& Jonathan VanBuskirk on July 14, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Deb I’m very sad your gone but I’m happy I know your john who you missed SO much my family will always love your family so I hope you and john Rest In heavenly piece?❤️?❤️



  7. Jodi,Jack,Jenna& Jonathan VanBuskirk on July 14, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Deb I’m very sad your gone but I’m happy I know your with john who you missed SO much my family will always love your family so I hope you and john Rest In heavenly piece?❤️?❤️



  8. Denis & Elaine Godbout on July 14, 2017 at 1:17 am

    To the Josefowitch & Stelmach families, your mom will be so missed by everyone she met. I remember the first time we had her spaghetti sauce & she had pork chops in it & I made a funny face & she said don’t dock it till you try it. We all know how she loved to cook, especially to bring goodies to camp. I’m sorry for your loss.



  9. Mary and Bob DeVincentis on July 14, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Sending prayers of comfort to your family. Rest in peace. God bless and keep you all.



  10. Teri Dunbar on July 14, 2017 at 2:54 am

    To all of Debbies family, may the UNCONDITIONAL love and joy that Deb n John passed on to you, be the comfort in your trying times. She was and always will be alive in the hearts and souls of all who loved her…its been my great pleasure to be a part of her n Johns life



  11. Karen Poore on July 14, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Dick and I sat at Debbie’s kitchen table playing cards and laughing. Those are the memories of Happy times. Debbie, you will be missed.



  12. Lisa Gray Meskell on July 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I remember when you lived on Holyoke Street and I’d walk by and chat with your mom. She was the best. I always hoped she’d be out when I walked by. Then I grew up and moved but I wound up back in Malden and Courtney and Stephen were in the same class – I was so glad to see you Laurie. We always came to the best “funnest” parties at your house. I am sad that I didn’t come and visit you guys so that I could have chatted with your mom one last time???. Hang in there my friend????love you XXOO



  13. carolyn presterone gunther on July 15, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    May you rest in Peace, and God watch over your family/friends…xo



  14. Tammy Butler on July 16, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Auntie I don’t even know where to begin. Growing up your house was my home away from home, as clumsy as i was you were the first person to see me literally fall flat on my face, at your house off the top bunk reaching for that stupid mosquito pen that Johnny had. You were always there to pick us up, literally and figuratively, when we needed it and never judged us for our mistakes or stupid decisions. Our family will never be the same, you may be gone but you will forever live on in our memories and hearts. Give the gang a hug and kiss for me ❤ love you!



  15. Mike Glowacki on July 18, 2017 at 3:02 am

    The mother of a great family! You will be missed! Rest in peace.



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