May 25, 2020


Deb Lentine

Deb Lentine


Debra Schachter Lentine continued her journey on Aug. 24, 2015. She was born Sept. 22, 1960, in New York City to Stanley and Ann Schachter, of Boynton Beach, Fla.

She was the beloved wife of John Lentine, the love of her life. She is also survived by her daughter, Morgan McConnell, step-daughters, Amelia and Devin McConnell, Nicole Lentine, step-son, Andrew Lentine, her parents, Stanley and Ann Schacter, her brother, John Schachter ( Lori Klein), her nephew Sam Schachter, and dozens of loving cousins, aunts and uncles.

Debra attended public and private school in New York and New Jersey. Following two years at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., she received her BA degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania (1982). Her love of nature, novelty and the outdoors brought her to Vermont not long after college. Debra subsequently received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont (1988).

Debra taught at Stowe Middle School from 1992 until 2000 then was a beloved member of the faculty at Williston Central School for 15 years, from 2000 until this year. A longtime leader of Verve House and Harbor House, Debra brought her contagious passion for learning and teaching to her classroom every day.

Debra and John married on Sept. 22, 2012, her 52nd birthday. They lived in their Williston home and shared their lives until her death.

Debra’s life was filled with fun facts that, thanks to her humility and modesty, not many friends or family necessarily knew about. She was the first girl to play Little League in Harrington Park, N. J. in the 1970s. She lived in Wyoming and drove back across the country with a moose strapped to her car in the 1980s. She wrote, cast and directed her own middle school play in the 2000s. Always interested in life, Debra enjoyed a variety of hobbies. Her interests spanned the spectrum from reading and literature to progressive politics, from an affinity for the outdoors – whether snowboarding in the winter or vacationing with the family on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer – to a love of music.

For the past decade, one of Debra’s passion was her engagement with Dragonheart Vermont, a breast cancer survivor dragon boat team. As an enthusiastic member of the Dragonheart Sisters team, composed entirely of breast cancer survivors, she competed in festivals all over the world, winning (mostly gold) medals with her team throughout the Northeastern United States, as well as gold and silver medals in the International Club Crew World Cup in Hong Kong in 2012; the U.S. National championship in 2013; and the bronze medal in the International Club Crew World Cup in Ravenna, Italy, in 2014. Debra was one of Sisters’ co-captains, and was much beloved, as she embodied the heart and spirit of the Sisters team, sharing her joy, kindness and love of life with each and every member of the team. She is very much missed.

A memorial service will be held at the Williston Central School from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday, Oct. 4. Donations in lieu of cards or flowers may be made to the Debra S. Lentine Memorial Fund c/o New England Federal Credit Union P. O. Box 527 Williston, VT 05495.  This fund will be used to support Debra’s love for education and for activities on Lake Champlain.