Debra "Debbie" Jo Ilges

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March 26, 1961 - April 15, 2021
Born in Whiting, IN
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Debra “Debbie” Jo Ilges (nee Ludwig), of Saint Peters, MO, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the age of 60. Cherished wife of David S. Ilges; beloved daughter of the late Allen and Joan Ludwig; dear sister of Linda Hanes; stepmother of Becky (Owen) Gregory, Nikki Ilges, and Michael (Sadie Gerau) Ilges; treasured grandmother of Sophie Ilges and Ben Gregory; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts & uncles, extended family and friends. Debbie is also preceded in death by her sister, Susan Elam.

Debbie was a very gregarious woman. She was known to always light up the room. She could not leave the house without knowing someone she would run into along the way. Debbie had a way of making an impression on the lives of those around her.

Debbie’s beloved canine companion, Coco kept her busy. She also enjoyed reading, visiting state parks, and the Lake of the Ozarks. Debbie adored her husband and loved spending time with David as he fished.

Debbie was a devoted nurse and loved to share her knowledge. She helped with the development of EPIC Nursing program and helped teach how to use the program. Debbie was also part of the opening of Progress West Hospital and was pivotal in developing their policies and procedures. Debbie was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memorials may be made in Debbie's name to Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service,

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Guestbook Entries

  1. Sue Kozonasky Cole April 20, 2021 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    candle 2Debbie was loved by all those who knew her and will be missed by all.May she rest in peace..

  2. Jane (Harbers) Rujawitz April 20, 2021 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    My deepest sympathies to Deb’s family. I have so many fond memories I will always cherish. We first met in junior high and spent time together in Jobs Daughters. Later Deb and I decided we both wanted to go to nursing school. We visited several in StLouis together, and we both decided on Deaconess. We were roommates our freshman year. I remember the night before we left Edwardsville to move into our dorm, Deb picked me up in her Dad’s yellow MG and we drove up to Pere Marquette State Park. She was a gem, full of life, and always lit up a room. Till we meet again my friend. God speed.

  3. Kimberly Perry April 20, 2021 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I will always Debbie. She was my official cheerleader going through chemo

  4. Tim and Kathy Weber April 20, 2021 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss! She was a very big part of our family and there will forever be a big void in our hearts. She will be greatly missed!💔

  5. Debbie Nihill April 20, 2021 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    candle 5I will miss Debbie’s smile and contagious personality. I worked with her at Progress West and with BJC BLI. She was a warm and caring person!

  6. Kristi Elfrank April 20, 2021 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    candle 2Praying for you Dave and your families! I’m so happy I was able to meet Debbie, she was such a kind person and always made me laugh! She would always check up on me, even when she wasn’t feeling great herself. I catch myself looking for her when I’m in my backyard. I will miss her!

  7. Jean Wilfong April 20, 2021 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    candle 3It’s been years since I worked with Debbie but I will always remember her. She was a wonderful woman who encouraged me to expand my knowledge and further my degree. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing and praying for her family and friends. She will be greatly missed in this world but never forgotten.

  8. Donna Susek April 20, 2021 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    candle 3Dear Dave, Becky and family – Deepest Condolences to each of you. Debbie was a wonderful person. I always enjoyed talking with her. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Donna Susek

  9. Lisa Cox April 20, 2021 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Debbie was special in so many ways. I lost touch with her when our careers went separate ways. I will always remember her beautiful smile and how she made me feel joy especially when times were tough. She will be missed by those that knew her but what a happy reunion she is having in heaven. May God comfort her family during this difficult time.

  10. Shelly DeVore April 20, 2021 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    I met Debbie when we opened Progress West. We worked hard and laughed lots. So many fond memories.

    • Bob Manchester April 30, 2021 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Loved working with Debbie and my life is richer because she is in it. We loved, laughed, and worked together to improve how we delivered care to patients. Her knowledge, and love for the work was contagious and motivated everyone around her to perform their part of the plan with the same love with which Debbie did.

  11. Mary Bibb April 20, 2021 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    candle 2Debbie was the best boss I’ve ever had. I was so blessed that she became my friend. Her infectious laugh was her most endearing quality! I will miss her terribly, but am glad she’s not suffering.

  12. Deborah Roberts April 20, 2021 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    candle 2Best boss person nurse friend any employee or person could ask foe so very loved and will be so very missed

  13. Cincy Reji April 20, 2021 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    candle 1Debbie was so special in so many ways, always with a smiling face, loving, caring and the best leader. My heartfelt condolences and prayers… may your soul Rest In Peace 🙏🙏🙏🙏

    • Susan Veinot April 29, 2021 at 5:13 am - Reply

      candle 8Debbie made a huge imprint on me. Such a sweet and genuine soul that truly cared about everyone. The best nurse, boss, mentor, lead, role model
      she held the bar high. Debbie was definitely a nurse to look up to and want to emulate. Debbie will be forever missed.

  14. Carmanita green April 21, 2021 at 2:13 am - Reply

    candle 2Sorry for your loss..praying for your family 👪

  15. Gregg Liedtke April 21, 2021 at 4:20 am - Reply

    candle 1Debbie was a special person. Inspired others while educating and passing on her great Nursing knowledge. Always caring and compassionate towards others. Her smile literally created a sincere relaxed environment. We worked together for many years.
    Rest In Peace my friend ❤️🙏

  16. Pam Dempewolf April 21, 2021 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I met Debbie at Christian Northeast when I worked in ICU. I worked with her again at progress West when she was manager of the ICU. When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009 Debbie was a supportive friend. She always make me laugh and encouraged me all the way. She will be missed by so many. She had such a kind heart and my life is so much richer for knowing her.

  17. Sandy J April 21, 2021 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I met Debbie several years ago in the chemo lab at MoBap. She was always so chipper and positive. We kept in touch through Facebook. I’m so sorry to her family for their loss of such a kind woman. God bless each of you!

  18. Lauren Walker April 21, 2021 at 10:52 am - Reply

    candle 7Such a beautiful soul gone to soon.

  19. Kristen Bangs April 21, 2021 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    candle 3My favorite memory of my cousin Debbie – driving from St. Louis to Chicago in an ice storm in her little sports car. We prayed, swore and clutched the dashboard while bonding over the loss of our grandparent. She was my “cool cousin” who set an important example for me as a brave, accomplished woman. Sending you love, Linda.

  20. Susan Cox April 21, 2021 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    candle 1Deb was a wonderful person. Caring of others. We would talk for hours when we were just meaning to say hello or ask a quick question. She always told me how much she adored her husband. She was my boss at Progress West but even better I felt like she was also my friend. Rest In Peace friend!

  21. Nicki Hausman April 21, 2021 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    So sorry for David and family. Praying for you.

  22. Deborah Hauser April 21, 2021 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    candle 4Debbie was a great manager. Always made time fir employees, no matter what the conversation it seamed one was always laughing with her when leaving her office. She lifted people up. I will say prayers for her and her family. God bless you and keep you.

  23. Chris Allison April 22, 2021 at 7:27 am - Reply

    candle 2I never saw Debbie when she wasn’t smiling and her laugh was infectious. She was the kind of person who left her mark on people, even if they just met her for a short time. Her genuine nature and her ability to lift people up drew you in and made you feel special. Prayers to her family and friends on your loss.

  24. Kathleen A Willbrand April 23, 2021 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    candle 5Dear Debbie
    I will miss you like no other . You were such a great neighbor and friend.
    Never knew you as a Nurse …only as a wonderful person.
    I am so sorry you list your battle. You were a brave warrior who watched over many.

  25. Tina Noto April 26, 2021 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    I am so sad to learn of Debbie’s passing. She was such a caring and wonderful person, who always lit up her surroundings. We were high school classmates and I have fond memories of our friendship. I know she will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers to family and friends.

  26. Ellie Kallvy April 26, 2021 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    candle 1Wow, what can I say about Debbie. She was such a wonderful person. Even when she was going through “Stuff” she would always make time for you. She was the person who hired me at Progress West. Years ago. I will not ever be able to say thank her enough. You will forever be missed

  27. Tammy Smith April 28, 2021 at 6:28 am - Reply

    candle 1My heart is broken at the loss of such an incredible woman. She was such a great mentor and friend to so many of us nurses. I am sending prayers for her and her family. May they find comfort in knowing so many nurses carry the knowledge she shared as we continue to do what she loved doing. I know I am a better nurse for knowing her.

  28. Darla Allen May 14, 2021 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    candle 7Debbie, you have all the answers now.

    No more worries, no more struggle, just peace🙏.


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