In memory of

Debra K. Hart, age 55, of Helena

March 16, 1959 – July 9, 2014

Debbie Kay Hart, 55, of Helena passed away July 09, 2014 at St. Peter’s Hospital after fighting a hard, three and a half year battle with cancer.

Debbie was born in Oshkosh, WI on March 16, 1959 to Carol and John Sawitski. Debbie was an extremely kind and generous person with a great sense of humor.

Debbie met her husband Claire “Buck” Hart in Omro, WI where they fell in love and soon after Debbie finished high school. They moved to Arkansas, where they were married March 31, 1977. Debbie then obtained her nursing degree from Red River Vo Tech. Buck and Debbie had three girls Trish Gehring, Tara Hart, and Jade Hart.  After traveling many different states Buck and Debbie chose to call MT home.

Debbie enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, horseback riding, gardening, caring for others, rodeos, scrapbooking, gambling (she was the luckiest woman around) a major love for horse, playing with her grandchildren, and strived to be an exceptional mother.

She had many accomplishments during her short life that she was proud of such as: starting a 4-H club, taught her girls how to rodeo and show horses, she taught her children to have extreme strength through all life’s situations, she was a determined, caring, well known nurse of the Helena Community. She was loved by her co-workers and patients.

Debbie is survived by her husband of 36 yrs Claire “Buck” Hart, her three daughters Trish Gehring, Tara Hart, Jade Hart, her son-in laws Justin Gehring and Chad Rambo, and 6 grand children Ellie Williams, Tiegan Rambo, Raechal Rambo, Hayden Hart-Davidson, Haley Hart, and other grandchild to be born 02/28/15.

Family will begin receiving friends at 3:00 p.m. with a service of remembrance to begin at 3:30 p.m. at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave.  A potluck reception will be in the social center of the funeral home immediately following the service of remembrance.  Please bring your favorite dish. Please visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Debra.


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  1. Lois Florek says

    I am deeply saddened by Debbie’s death. Although she was far away in distance, I held her close to my heart as she was my niece, goddaughter, and flower girl in my wedding. I loved watching her as a sweet baby grow into a loving and kind little girl. For many years I received notes, family photos and some pictures of just her beautiful daughters of whom she was so proud. I believe God has enfolded her in His loving arms, so there will be no more pain or suffering, just eternal peace. I am praying for Debbie and her family.

  2. Sally Sawicki says

    I am so sad to hear of Debbie’s death. I missed the opportunity to see her when she was home for her mom’s funeral, a while back. Something I really regret. Tho she has been far away in miles, she has been close in thought. I remember her as a sweet teenager, hanging out with me at the lake in Oshkosh. She was such a beauty inside and out. Our loss is heaven’s gain, where she is now whole and pain free. Her time with us was too short, my prayers are with you her loved ones.

  3. Heather Dicus says

    I am very sad and sorry to hear that Debbie has passed she was a wonderful mother and wife and most caring and generous person I could have ever met . I have known Debbie all my life and she was like a second mom to me . I didn’t get the chance to see her before she passed but I will always have the wonderful memories prayers for her family I love y’all

  4. Russ Sawitski says

    I was both shocked and heartbroken to her of Debbie’s passing. At her her Mom’s funeral two years ago, I was inspired by one impressive niece who was determined to put the best positive spin on whatever life had in store for her. For me, she personified making the best of what one is given throughout her entire life. I hope that you, her family, cherish the loving memories you have of her and find some level of comfort knowing that her suffering has now ended and she is in a better place. God bless.

  5. Heather Page says

    This was an amazing woman, friend, mother, colleague, and my deepest thoughts & prayers to family/friends. She will always remain an upstanding role model & touch lives through spirit & guidance as she’s blessed so many with <3
    Debbie you've helped me through a lot when I was weak & I'm stronger now. Thank you for being as incredible & caring as you were. I've enjoyed working, laughing, and having tears of joy with you & many other memories. You've created a beautiful family too. Words cannot express how my heart melts. I love you, God Bless You and Yours Forever & Always <3

  6. Britney Uncles (Henne) says

    My thoughts are with the whole Hart family. Debbie will truly be missed. She always had a smile on her face. She was an amazing woman. Again my thoughts are with you.

  7. Karen Houston says

    Buck and Family: My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. So sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. She fought a long tough courageous battle and still had a smile on her face whenever I saw her. She was an amazing woman and someone to look up to. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that she is pain free and now the best angel you could have. God Bless.

  8. Alyx Demers says

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Many thoughts and prayers for you and your family in this extremely difficult time.

  9. Karen Dicus says

    I was blessed to call Debbie my friend she was an amazing wife mother and friend and I will never forget the many times we sat at her table and she would beat me at cribbbage every time I especially remember all the things our family’s did together and what a comfort her and buck were to me when my husband was fighting his battle with cancer and after his fight was over she hugged me the last time I saw her and said goes not in pain anymore and I knew that but she had such a good outlook on life she was fighting her battle then and I just have to remember what she said to me then.. I will love and miss you Debbie you were and are an amazing person thank you for being my Freund for all those years.

  10. Doreen Gertz says

    If a hug was strong enough to take away your pain, I would start now and never stop. Thinking of you and yours during this difficult time. God Bless you and Yours.

  11. The Butters Family says

    As a family, we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Hart family. Debbie and the entire Hart family were such a big part of our time in Helena and her loss is felt by all of us.

    We cherished our time with the Harts and wish your family nothing but our gratitude, love and support.

    – The Butters Family
    (Mike, Katie, Madeline, Margeaux)

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