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Debby Kalk

Obituary for Debby Kalk

July 19, 1952 - October 20, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 67

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Debby Kalk passed away Oct. 20, 2019, a loss that will be felt not only by her family, but by a galaxy of friends in her neighborhood, in her workplace, in her synagogue, in her Mahjong circle, and in all the orbits where her engaging personality made her friendship one that people wanted to keep.

Debby still kept up with friends from high school in Chicago and college in Austin. There is a true story about two American travelers meeting on a bus ride across Mongolia and discovering that while they didn't know each other, they both knew Debby.

After spending her youth delivering letters, painting house portraits, and selling antique maps, she embarked on a career in instructional design, starting and operating the company Cortex Interactive in Austin before moving to San Antonio to work for Laureate Education.

Wherever she lived, Debby was the one who organized Seders, Thanksgivings, and pachangas, and kept up to date with aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews no matter how far or often they moved.

Survivors include daughter, Stella Arzola, brother, Michael Kalk, sister, Samara Kalk, brother, Alexander Kalk, nieces Lila Taylor, Claudia Taylor, and Anika Derby, former husband Terry Arzola, and dog, Yotam. She was preceded in death by father, Herbert Kalk, mother, Joan Lowrence, and sister, Rosalind Broderick.

A celebration of Debby's life will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 3 at Temple Beth El, 211 Belknap Place, San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the San Antonio Food Bank or the Animal Defense League of Texas-San Antonio.

Celebration of Life

January 03, 2020
11:00 AM    3859820 3956546 20200103T110000

Temple Beth-El
211 Belknap
San Antonio, TX 78212

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  • San Antonio Food Bank
    5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy,
    San Antonio, TX 78227
  • Animal Defense League
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    San Antonio, TX 78217

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