Debra A. Hobohm |

Debra A. Hobohm

The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Former Aspen resident Debra A. Hobohm, lover, companion, and wife of former full- and part-time Aspenite Jay Heininger, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, in Harbor Springs, Mich.

She fought for her life for almost six months after doctors discovered she had stage 4 lung cancer. Radiation and chemo and the magnificent Cancer Center at the University of Michigan were not enough to heal her or give her more time. The disease was likely lurking for years but when it struck, it struck swift and fast. From the moment it was discovered in the Charlevoix Michigan Hospital emergency room on Feb. 25, to last Tuesday afternoon when she died in Jay’s arms, Deb lived not quite six months.

But longevity is not the only measure. Deb lived life full and well and was accomplished through good times and bad. From her extraordinary cuisine, to her beautiful accelerating ski turn, to her perfect golf swing and her skill as a pilot, she made everything seem easy. Intellect and an easy charm accompanied her where ever she went. She could wear a rag and make it fashion. Debra traveled the trails of life with grace and ease, passion and abundant style. Those who knew her well are devastated; those who knew her less already sense that a light has passed.

Good-bye sweet beauty. Good-bye.

An Aspen gathering including Art and Helen Philips, Ellen Weinstein, Billy Fontana, Richie Cummins, Ron and Dana Pingatore Deb’s husband Jay and their many other skiing friends is planned at the top of Highlands Bowl as soon as Jay receives new knees.

All who knew her or who just wish to celebrate the life of an amazing woman should mark their calendars for the spring of 2012 at the mountain’s peak where Debra’s ashes will be scattered east and west and north to south to find the planet’s winds.

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