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Debra Schott, 58

Debra K. (Olson) Schott, age 58, of Lester Prairie, died tragically Friday, June 28, 2019 in a helicopter crash in Brainerd.

Debra “Deb” Kay Schott was born in Litchfield, the only daughter to Robert R. Olson and Norma A. Olson (Johnson).

She graduated from Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg (KMS) High School. Deb graduated nursing school at Ridgewater College in Willmar. She graduated from Crown College with her bachelors in science nursing (BSN).

Deb was currently employed as a registered nurse at the Ridgeview Emergency Department, and was a flight nurse for North Air Care. She will miss working with all of her friends and co-workers.

Deb married Gary Schott in 2007 in Maui, HI.

She loved to travel, work in the garden, and was an avid photographer; her favorite was taking scenic photos. She loved spending time with her kids and grandkids.

Deb was a prior Winsted Reserve Officer, McLeod County Posse member, Ridgeview Ambulance Service (EMT-I), Winsted American Legion Post 407 Ladies Auxiliary member, Lester Prairie Lions Member, and MSRA and Gasholes Car Club in Hutchinson. She will miss her red mustang convertible.

She is survived by her husband Gary L. Schott; daughter Kristie (John) Collins of San Antonio, TX; son Craig (Heidi) Hatlestad of Winsted; two grandchildren, Hailee Collins and Bryce Hatlestad; mother Norma Olson and brother Timothy Olson, both of Sunburg; step-daughter Jennifer (Phil) Lachermeier, and step-son Brent (Becky) Schott, all of Winsted; step-grandchildren Taylor (Zach) Lachermeier of Silver Lake, and Benjamin Lachermeier of Winsted, Chloe and Trevin Schott of Winsted, and Desiree, Brianna, and Preston Collins of Omaha, NE; and her beloved dog Meka.

She was preceded in death by her father Robert Olson and son Jeffrey Hatlestad.

A celebration of life took place Wednesday, July 3 at 1 p.m. at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School, 8700 Co. Rd. 6 SW, Howard Lake. Visitation took place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will take place at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Serving the family is Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.

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