Deborah Wall

Obituary of Deborah Kay Wall

Deborah Kay Wall

(nee Kastelec)


Deborah Kay Wall, passed away peacefully at her home in Minooka, at the age of 71, surrounded by the love of her family.  Deborah was born on October 17, 1951, the daughter of the late Edward and Genevieve (nee Staricha) Kastelec.  She was born and raised in Joliet, IL, and was a graduate of St. Francis Academy High School (JCA).  Deb was a licensed cosmetologist instructor at Professional’s Choice and receptionist at Shorewood Family Dental.   Deb Wall was a fun, fierce, loyal, caring wife, mother and friend who lived and loved life to the fullest.  The impact and guidance she gave to those friends and family that surrounded her throughout her life is impossible to measure.  Her extremely hard-fought battle with cancer was carried out without complaint so that her friends and family could be protected from her infinite struggles.  There are no words to express the deepest care, love and concern her husband Jerry showed to her over the last couple of years as her main caregiver and soulmate.  Deborah Wall will be missed but lives on with her husband, daughters and grandchildren.


Deborah is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Jerry Wall; her two daughters, Danielle (Jeff)Corcoran and Jeren (Randy) Szmergalski; five grandchildren, Camryn Pope, Grace Szmergalski, Jerry Szmergalski, Emma Corcoran and Belle Szmergalski;   sister, Denise (Tom) Mores; nephews and nieces, Nicholas (Eva) Mores, Ashely (Charlie Knudson ) Mores, Berit Mores, Arden Mores and Quinn Knudson;  and her loving friends, Cheryl, Kevin and Kelly McCarthy, Myrna McCarthy, Jackie, Dan, Austin and Aaron Geiser, Nancy, Ray, RJ, Jessica and Kristina Kolodziejski.


She is preceded by her parents.


A Memorial Gathering for Deborah Kay Wall will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of prayers at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.), Joliet, IL, and will process to St. Mary Catholic Church, 303 W. St. Marys Street, Minooka, IL, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m.


Inurnment will be held privately by the family at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.  As it was her request, cremation rites have been accorded. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital would be appreciated.


For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at where you can share a favorite memory or leave an online condolence.



Memorial Gathering

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500

Memorial Mass

2:00 pm
Saturday, February 18, 2023
St. Mary Catholic Church - Minooka
303 W. St. Mary Street
Minooka, Illinois, United States


11:30 am
Monday, February 20, 2023
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 W. Hoff Road
Elwood, Illinois, United States

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital would be appreciated.