Debbie Tassey Moses, 59, of Fairbanks, Alaska, formerly of Weirton, passed away in Valley Hospice Care Center, North, Steubenville, OH, on Monday, April 2, 2012, after a valiant 2 year battle with cancer. A devout catholic, Debbie was born in Steubenville, OH on November 17, 1952, to the late Dominic and Marie Kiefer Tassey. Debbie graduated Valedictorian from the Weirton Madonna Class of 1970, and in 1974 she graduated from Wheeling College. Upon graduation from college Debbie moved to Alaska with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and resided in Alaska for the past 37 years. She was currently a professor of Mathematics at the University of Alaska. Debbie is survived by her daughter, Maria Moses (fianc James Ford) of Texas; two sisters, Tina Crossley (Bill), and Linda McDonald (Tom); a brother, Dan Tassey (Linda) all of Weirton, WV; many nieces and nephews, as well as countless special friends, and her beloved kitties, Pancakes and Pumpkin. Friends and Relatives will be received on Holy Thursday 8:30 AM until time of services at 10 AM at Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Weirton. Interment will follow at Saint Paul Cemetery, Weirton. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice 10686 State Route 150 Rayland, OH 43943. Share tributes and memories at

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  1. My heart was saddened by the news of Debbie’s passing. I was fortunate to have worked beside a smiling, loving,caring & compassionate angel. She always soundly laughed at my jokes, (even if they weren’t funny)! Prayers, Peace and Debbie you will be greatly missed!

  2. I will always remember the smile that always greeted me whenever I went to see Debbie. She was one of the people I attribute to helping me get to where I am today. She was a good colleague and a rare friend. May god bless and keep her.

  3. Dear Linda & Tom & Family, We send our very deepest sympathy in the loss of your Sister, Debbie. I can only imagine how saddened you are and we pray that great memories will always comfort you, especially in the coming days. Many people grieve with you, with love and friendship, Mike and Janice

  4. Dear Maria, James, Dan, Linda, Tina and all those who have loved Debbie, I wish I could be with you today to celebrate Debbie’s life. I had the honor of spending a week with her in February in the cold of a Fairbanks winter. She brought such sunshine and kindness every day, no matter what. Yahoo, she said with the end of another radiation treatment or the arrival of a delicious meal from a St. Raphael parishioner. Yahoo to you, Debbie, for the amazing joy you took in living. The very smallest things brought you joy. You inspire us all to find that goodness in every day.

  5. With great sadness, I received the news of Debbie’s death!! I am only pleased that I was able to re- connect with her at our 40th class reunion in 2010…and keep up a bit of correspondance!! People enter onto our lives for a reason and her countenance and beauty struck me forcibly that day!! My deepest sympathy to her family and friends… angel entered heaven the day she died!!

  6. I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Debbie. I will always remember her as one of the sweetest people that I have ever met. I know that her struggle was difficult but I will think of her now as being at peace with the Lord. She was so very blessed to be surrounded by such a loving family to care for her. My prayers are with Debbie and her wonderful family.

  7. I was so pleased to see Debbie at our 40th Reunion in 2010. She was happy and looked great. I really thought she would beat this, and I am very sad to hear that she did not. My sincere condolences.

  8. Heaven has a new angel. What a great loss for us but there’s comfort in knowing that she is now with Jesus reaping her just rewards. See you soon, Debbie. With much love and admiration, Your cousin, Patty

  9. My beautiful cousin is gone; but to a place that is spectacular and breathtaking. You are among our family and relatives now, love you!

  10. I pray that the Lord heals the hearts of those of us left to remember Debbie. How God must be rejoicing to have a new jewel in His crown. Debbie has been an angel here on earth and lived her beliefs to the fullest, an example of goodness and kindess to us all. Peace be with us all during this difficult time!

  11. The Visitation Sisters formerly of Mount de Chantal in Wheeling send our heartfelt sympathy to Debbie’s daughter and other family members. We were privileged to know this special loving and lovable woman.

  12. I’m am sadden to hear of the passing of our friend and classmate, Debbie Tassey Moses. I have known Debbie since we were in the third grade together, at St. Paul’s Grade School and at Madonna High. She was beautiful, smart, shy and most of all a good friend. God Bless Debbie and her family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless Roy/JoAnn (Petitto) Gregorich

  13. Debbie has been a dear friend at UAF. She encouraged me, collaborated with me and mentored me. We have all suffered a great loss. Please know that her UAF family cares deeply.

  14. Debbie’s smile and friendly nature were always inviting. She improved the state of mathematics education at UAF and was deeply valued by her students and by those of us that had the pleasure of working with her. She will be missed.

  15. We are so sorry to learn of the passing of a dear classmate. She will be missed. Condolences to all of Debra’s family. Dennis McCann, Wheeling Jesuit, Class of 74.

  16. Linda, Tina, and Danny….. We are heartsick over the loss of Debbie. Time will never erase the memory of the good times we all shared with our families when we were children up on Owings Addition. We know that Debbie is now in heaven…..No one was more deserving…………… We all love and miss you! Peppi, Ronnie, Francine and Mom

  17. It’s may be fitting that Debbie has gone to be an angel in Heaven as she was already an angel on Earth. She was among the sweetest, kindest, and most patient people I know. God Bless, Debbie.

  18. Debbie’s family: I worked with Debbie at the UAF DEVM math dept. as a student tutor, I’ve never known debbie as anything but the most patient, kind and understanding supervisor. She was infinitely patient when I first began as a tutor, and has mentored me and given me infinite opportunities when I haven’t been patient with students. I’ve worked with some of her students and they also spoke very highly of her. I know she wished nothing but the best for everyone she taught and worked with, and is something we carry forward with us in the department. I wish all the best for her family.

  19. I only knew Debbie for a short time but i do know what a special person she was. She was kind and just a delight to be around. She was a gentle and compassionate person and we will miss her very much. I was glad to be her friend. All my sympathy to her family, Cyndi Reiffer

  20. I was sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. She was always so kind and generous. What a caring woman and mother. My prayers are with you as they had been with Debbie though-out her battle. Carol

  21. I was deeply saddened today to learn of Debbie’s passing. I don’t remember any of my school years at St. Paul’s or at Madonna that Debbie was not a part of, including the Girl Scout meetings after school at the Tassey’s. What wonderful memories!! Debbie was such a sweet and caring person and she always had that infectious smile She will be missed by family and friends as well as those of us that grew up together. May she rejoice in the arms of Our Lord. With deepest sympathy and prayers, Angela Carpini Reinard

  22. Debbie is irreplaceable–kindhearted, devoted, gentle. One of my dearest lifelong friends, I am a better person for having had her in my life. Fairbanks, Alaska will not be the same without her. I will forever love her and carry her in my heart.

  23. To Linda and all of Debbie’s Family, May God give you the strength you need at this time. May you be surrounded by the love you shared with Debbie and will continue to have through memories. May you have the faith to believe that you will be with her again. As I always thought of her in high school and as she truly is now, an Angel. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as she is now at peace. Peace be with you.

  24. Linda, I am very sorry about the passing of your sister. My prayers are with you and your family, God Bless Steve Klash

  25. Debbie we will miss you! Your beautiful smile will shine in our hearts forever-soar with the Angels and I know you will be watching over all us! We love you! Gary, Darcy, Tanner, Tatum & Danica

  26. 6 am Jazzercise family will really miss Debbie’s kind and gentle heart. Her spirit will be with us always. Maria your mom was such a sweet kind person she will be your guardian angel and always be with you. All my best to you and your new family.

  27. Debbie has helped to make this world a better place. Her infinite kindness is indicative of the special person that we have been blessed to know. She is in my thoughts and prayers, and I send my sincere condolences to her family.

  28. Thinking of you at this difficult time with sympathy and understanding. May your memories bring you peace, comfort and strength.

  29. I’ll remember Debbie’s smile. I don’t think there was ever a time that she wasn’t smiling. Even in Calculus class!

  30. I was a classmate of Deb’s at Wheeling College. She was a super person and a friend to many people. Although we never really hung out there was never a day gone by that she didn’t at least say hi. My condolences to the entire Tassey and Moses families.

  31. My thoughts are with Debbie’s family and friends. I had the privilege of working with her over many years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Through her skilled teaching and quiet manner she showed students that she cared deeply about their success and about them as individuals. Her memory lives on in all of us who had the privilege of knowing her. –Rick Caulfield, Juneau, Alaska

  32. I worked with Debbie at UAF. She was one of the kindest most understanding persons I have ever met. She was a blessing for all of us who were lucky enough to cross paths with her. She was an angel on earth. I wish Maria and her brothers and sisters the best.

  33. I haven’t seen Debbie since I was a small child, but I still remember the few times I was around her. She was always, always, always SO caring and SO loving and she always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed by many. Debbie will be watching over her family and she is no longer in pain, she is with God now. My cousin Maria and family will be in my thoughts and prayers, and my deepest condolences go out to you.

  34. I am so sorry to hear about Debbie. I remember her from school and remember how sweet she was to everyone. Her life ended way to soon. May the memories you have of her keep her alive in your hearts forever.

  35. DEar Tina, Linda, Danny, and Marie. so sorry for the loss of your mom and sister. She was a sweet person and had a warm smile that you did not forget. May she rest in peace. She is in heaven with your mom and dad and the angels Nancy, Arden, and Jeffrey

  36. DEar Tina, Linda, Danny, and Marie. so sorry for the loss of your mom and sister. She was a sweet person and had a warm smile that you did not forget. May she rest in peace. She is in heaven with your mom and dad and the angels Nancy, Arden, and Jeffrey

  37. Debbie embodied all that is good, beautiful, kind and spiritual in this world. She always had a cheerful word and a joyful smile. I think Debbie was one of the most Christ-like people I ever met. She was an inspiration to me, and I suspect to all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends.

  38. One of my first memories of Debbie, was just that, we are Debbies’. And the bond stuck. I enjoyed being her cancer nurse, if only for her short time here. She had such a nice happy attitude, smile and peace about her. Which could only come from her FAITH. I will miss all of that.

  39. As one of Debbie’s former classmates at Madonna, I am deeply saddened by the news of her death. Debbie showed me–even as a teenager–that the good life is characterized by intelligence, hard work, kindness, and humility. She was an inspiration to me in all of these areas. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

  40. Debbie was a wonderful person and amazing teacher. She made a lasting impression in my life and I am extremely saddened to hear of her passing. My condolences to all of her family.

  41. Miss Moses was the best math teacher i have ever had. her legacy will forever be remembered through her students. condolences to her family.

  42. I am so sad at the dimming of such a bright Spirit. Debbie was one one the most kind and sweet people I have ever known. I send my deepest sympathy to her family and friends. My most vivid memory of her is watching her sing “Day by Day” from Godspell in our Wheeling College Singers mini-production in the spring of 1973 and feeling that she embodied all of the beautiful and prayerful words of that song.

  43. I am so sad at the dimming of such a bright Spirit. Debbie was one one the most kind and sweet people I have ever known. I send my deepest sympathy to her family and friends. My most vivid memory of her is watching her sing “Day by Day” from Godspell in our Wheeling College Singers mini-production in the spring of 1973 and feeling that she embodied all of the beautiful and prayerful words of that song.

  44. I graduated from Wheeling, class of 1973. I am very sorry to hear of Debbie’s struggle and her passing. I extend my sympathy to her family and friends. It will be hard to be without her in your lives. Kate Orr

  45. I am so very sorry for the great loss in the passing of Debbie. She was such an angel – and now a real one. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  46. Debbie! You were such a beautiful kind woman that I have ever met! You always looked out for me in my teen years, when I was lost in my losses of family and my trials with the care I was faced with. I’ve been looking for you to thank you for showing me that life wasn’t so bad. I love you and your little baby is so lucky to have you as her Mommy. Thank you Miss Tassey.

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