Deborah Sweeting

Deborah Sweeting


IOWA CITY- Deborah S. “Deb” Sweeting, age 60 longtime resident of Iowa City died Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, at her home surrounded by much love and her fur babies after surviving three bouts with cancer.

A time for family and friends to celebrate her life will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in her memory to Iowa City Hospice or Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center.  To share a thought, memory or condolence please visit the funeral home website at

Deborah Sue Funston was born March 12, 1961, in Washington, Iowa the daughter of Leland Dean and Darlene Mae (Goodwin) Funston.  Following graduation from Keota High School in 1979, she attended Kirkwood Community College receiving her Associates Degree.  She had worked at a few different jobs before her hiring at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a job that lasted 36 years prior to her retirement.  She married Scott B. Sweeting in Keota on June 7, 1990, and they have lived in Iowa City since before their marriage. 

Deb has been described as one very unique, take no bull from anyone, get to the point, strong willed type of lady.  She loved her flowers, the outdoors where she could bike, hike and zipline in different states.  Deb worried about taking care of our planet, rescuing cats, squirrels and any furry creature in need. A tough outer shell concealed a heart of gold willing to do most anything for most anyone! 

Her family includes her best friend and husband, Scott; her mother, Darlene Funston; sister, Christina Wagner; and brothers, Clarence Funston and Rory Funston.  She was preceded in death by her father, and infant brother, Danny. 




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