Debra "Deb" (Palczer) Gurski

March 3, 1957 ~ December 9, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old

Debra "Deb" Gurski Obituary

Debra “Deb” (Palczer) Gurski, 66, of Ford City, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2023, at ACMH Hospital.

Deb was a 1976 graduate of Ford City High School.  She would go on to graduate from Lenape Tech’s Practical Nursing Program in 1990, retiring after a 20-year career as an LPN.  A devoted wife and mother, Deb enjoyed cooking, watching old movies, and caring for animals.  Her warmth, kindness, and loving spirit were without measure, and she was taken away far too soon.

Deb is survived by her loving partner, Daniel “Strap” Opalka; sons, Jason and David (Kayleigh) Gurski; granddaughter, Reagyn Gurski; sister, Margaret (Richard) Check; and the father of her sons, Chester D. Gurski.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephan and Betty (Hymers) Palczer, and two sisters, Barbara (Palczer) and Sally (Palczer) Frick.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter in Kittanning.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Welch Funeral Service, LLC, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City.  To share memories or condolences, please visit

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