Debbie Bergin passed away on August 5, 2018 in her home in Winter Park, Florida surrounded by family and friends who loved her. She was 48 years old. Debbie battled and survived breast cancer for 9 years before it claimed her.
Debbie was born on May 4, 1970 in St Louis, Missouri. She was the youngest of 5 children and lived in Missouri, Maryland and North Carolina before arriving in Winter Park, Florida at age 11. Other than 3 years in law school, Winter Park would remain Debbie’s home.
Debbie was a graduate of Winter Park High School, the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and Stetson University College of Law. She was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate Degree. Debbie was a 20 year member of the Florida Bar and practiced law in Orlando at the Kubicki Draper law firm where she was a shareholder.
Debbie deeply loved her family and friends. She was very proud of her daughter Alexandra and son Nicholas. Debbie loved spending every available moment with her children and her husband traveling, boating, skiing in the mountains and playing on the beach. She loved attending sporting events and concerts with her family and friends, and brightened any room simply by her presence. She was a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sibling, aunt, cousin and friend. Debbie loved her many dogs. Debbie was passionate about civil rights for all people. She judged people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin or sexual orientation. To say Debbie was strong willed is an understatement; she spoke her mind and zealously battled bigots and bullies.
Debbie is survived by her loving husband, Andrew, her children Alexandra and Nicholas, her parents, Russ and Eileen Bergin, her siblings, Russ, Bill, Teri and Michelle (Hull), their spouses, Kim, Gary and Rob, her father in law Stefano Seferlis and mother in law Linda as well as Andrew’s sister, Christine (Myung) and her husband Jeff. Debbie’s nieces and nephews are Erin, Ugo, Conner, Daniel, Gloria, Christopher, Chloe, Ryan, Bradley, Natalie, Jackson and Sophie. She loved them all and showed it daily. Many claim to be her favorite. Debbie had a special relationship with her godparents who she loved. Debbie’s godfather was her Uncle David Bergin who predeceased her and she is survived by her godmother, her Aunt Elke. Debbie had numerous cousins.
Debbie’s family will receive friends and family at Carey Hand Funeral Home in Winter Park on Monday August 13, 2018 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Her funeral mass will be held on Tuesday August 14, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Dr. Phillips, Florida at 11 am. Subsequent to the mass, Debbie will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Gotha, Florida.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society’s R.O.C.K. Camp which uses donations to send kids battling cancer to a special summer camp. Their address is: 3709 West Jetton, Ave., Tampa, Florida, 33629.
I am so sorry to hear that Debbie has passed away. Please give my condolences to the family!
JEREMIAH JASPONORLANDO, FL
To the Bergin Family;
We are so very glad that we had the opportunity to know Debbie on both a professional and personal level while working with her at Kubicki Draper. She was a sharp, vibrant, and vivacious lady who could light up any room with her beautiful smile and infectious laugh.
We join you in your grief and are so very sorry that we were unable to attend the services. Please know that you are all in our prayers as is Debbie. We know that she is resting at peace and very likely giving Saint Peter a run for his money up there.
With deepest sympathy,
Jorge and Sandy Santeiro and Family
Jorge and Sandy SanteiroTampa, FL
Our hearts are broken for the family of Deborah’s.....with our deepest sympathy and God’s grace and comfort at this sad time.
Terry & Margy BaneChester, CT
My heartfelt condolences to everyone in Debbie's family.
Debbie and I met through our business relationship which grew into a friendship. She was very intelligent but, she made everyone fee comfortable and special. Yes, she lit up any gathering with her smile and presence. I feel very lucky to have known her. I hope all of the good memories she created help her family through this difficult time.
Mary JacobsAlpharetta, GA