Deborah “Deb” Jean (Jablonski) Mason of St Paul Park passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. Deb is the daughter of Luverne “Vern” and Elizabeth “Betty Mae” (Marx) Jablonski. She was born on March 12, 1954 in San Antonio, Texas and grew up in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Deb earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Catherine.
Deb’s greatest joy in life was her family. She loved being both Mom and Maama (Grandma.) She was fully engaged in her children and grandchildren’s lives, from Girl Scout Troop leader to traveling hockey mom to helping raise the grandchildren. Family was everything to Deb.
Deb was known for her hospitality and generous spirit. No one left her house without a take home container of homemade food. When Deb wasn’t busy being a Maama to her grandkids, she gave her time and skills to the community. She volunteered for local organizations including the board of Cottage Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Basic Needs, Inc. Her passion for social work and seniors echoed through her actions. In 2020 she raised enough funds to send flowers to more than 300 homebound nursing home seniors. Only second to her time with family, helping and bringing joy to others was her greatest passion. She was always there to offer encouraging words, and lend a listening ear while others were in a tough time. Even while retired, Deb was actively helping members of the community locate eldercare right up to her passing.
Deb is survived by her four children: Mike, Sarah, Alicia and Mark; five grandchildren: Tristian, G, Annika, Sebastian and Sierra Bella; her nine brothers and sisters: Kathy, Steve, Sue, Julie, Beth, Dave, Lisa, Dean, and Dan; and her stepmother Virginia “Ginny.” Deb is preceded in death by her parents and baby brother Mark.
Visitation 4-6 PM, Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Kok Funeral Home, 1201 Portland Ave., St. Paul Park, MN, 55071. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM with visitation beginning at 10 AM, Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 920 Holley Ave., St. Paul Park, MN, 55071. Moms’ favorite color is purple. To honor her life, all guests are encouraged to wear something purple.
LIVESTREAM INFORMATION: For those who would like to participate in Deb's service via livestream, you can watch the service on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM. It can be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of this page, and "CLICK PLAY" to begin. Please leave a message of support on our Tribute Wall to let the family know you were able to watch the service. If you are having troubles with the Livestream, the service will be available to watch later in the day.