Deborah A. Wimett

1963 - 2021


Deborah A. Wimett

Oneida-Deborah A. Wimett, 57, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at the Oneida Healthcare Center.

She was born in Oneida on September 17, 1963, the daughter of John and Phyllis Willbanks Lighthall. Debbie was raised in Oneida and was a graduate of Oneida High School Class of 1981.  Debbie had worked at the Route 5 SAVON for numerous years.  She later went on to find her passion as a Teacher’s Aide for BOCES.  She worked in the VVS School District assisting with special needs students.  Debbie excelled in her position and held a special bond with all her students. She was also a lover of dogs, and many were loved and cared for in her life. Debbie will be remembered as a kind soul, and will be missed by all who loved her.

She is survived by her children, Brad Wimett of Cazenovia, and Sarah Wimett of Camden; her grandchildren: Carmen, Christopher, Charley, Triston and Chole; her parents: Phyllis Lighthall of Oneida, and John and Nancy Lighthall of Canastota; and her brother David J. Lighthall of Colorado; her constant companion Chris Wheeler of Oneida; her step-sisters Wendy Warner of Canastota; and Doreen Kotwica of Verona; several nieces and nephews. 

Debbie was predeceased by her sister Donna Lighthall and her step brother Scott Seifert. 

Debbie's family would like to thank Oneida Healthcare Center’s, Dr. McKay, Dr. Vanderhoof, nurses, and all other medical providers who had provided compassionate care to Debbie.

In keeping with Debbie’s wishes, there are no services or calling hours at this time.  Her family will honor her life with a graveside service and interment in Glenwood Cemetery. Debbie’s family have entrusted her care to Jeffry T. Paul, Funeral Director, at the Coolican-McSweeney & Paul Funeral Home. Please visit to offer a condolence or share a memory.  

Donations may be made in Debbie’s name to Wanderers Rest humane Association, Inc., P.O. Box 535, Canastota, New York 13032-0535


Wanderer's Rest Humane Society
P.O. Box 535, Canastota NY 13032

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Devin Chrisjohn

June 18, 2021 2:36 AM

Your one of a kind that’s has my heart. I’m so glad u became part of my family and got the chance to share many memories. Nothing beats the time I gave u and Glean Pedicure give me safety glasses !
Devin Chrisjohn

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Tracy Clark

June 16, 2021 2:35 PM

So sorry about the loss of Deb Brad& Sarah & her momma and all the family. Deb was a great friend I babysat for her quite many years ago, we became good friends, we also worked together teachers aides. Very fun to be around always made you laugh for sure! I always loved her laughs! May you RIP my friend . No more pain nor suffering Deb. I will miss you Deb !!!!


June 14, 2021 7:08 AM

So sorry For your loss ( Sarah & Siblings and Debbie's Mom & Dad). May she rest in paradise.  I remember when I was an Aide starting out at the ECF many moons ago. So Sorry for Your Loss . Many hugs, Kassie Sonnick- Hilts 

Peggy (Alvord) Arnold

June 13, 2021 8:31 PM

My condolences to Debbie’s parents and children. She was a childhood friend who alway had a bright smile and a contagious giggle. I know she will be missed.

Cassandra King (Sandy Whitbeck)

June 13, 2021 6:57 PM

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I have fond memories of Debbie especially during our times together in the LPN program during our Jr. & Sr. years of high school. She always had a sweet smile, a quick laugh and a listening ear. She was a kind and caring friend; I wish we hadn’t lost touch.

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