Danbury Resident Debra D. Kemlage, 68, Cheerleading Commissioner, has Died

Debra D. Kemlage, 68, of Danbury, wife of Gerald J. Kemlage, died on Monday, April 5, 2021, surrounded by her loving family at her home.

Mrs. Kemlage was born in New York, New York, on March 6, 1953, a daughter of the late William and Marilyn (Farar) Madero. She attended New York schools. A resident of Danbury for the past forty-five years coming from Bayside, Queens, New York, Mrs. Kemlage was a former counselor at the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury and was very involved with the Hat City Sports program; most especially with the Danbury Vikings. She served as a cheerleading commissioner and was often referred to as “a second mom “to many children. She was a member of the Elks Lodge Ladies Auxiliary, and the Women of the Moose.

In addition to her husband of forty-six years, she is survived by a daughter, Cortni Muir and her husband Christopher; a sister, Misty Madero; three grandchildren, Sydney, Ryan, and Christopher Jr.; special friends, Casey Gage, Bradley Guy, the Demato family, and the Grieco family and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Kemlage was predeceased by a sister, Laura Cleveland.

A (Public) Walk-Through Visitation will take place on Friday, April 9, 2021, from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury. Due to the concerns facing us all at this time regarding gatherings, the funeral service will be held (Private) for the immediate family.

Contributions in Mrs. Kemlage’s memory may be made to ALSAC/ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105


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