Debra L. Grimmel, longtime First Home Mortgage loan underwriter

Debra L. Grimmel, a longtime First Home Mortgage loan underwriter who was renovating an old barn on her Jarrettsville farm, died Sunday of a heart attack while camping at Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County, Pa.

She was 62.

Debra Lynn Rohrs, the daughter of Anthony and Delores Rohrs, was born and raised in Overlea and graduated in 1973 from Overlea High School.

Mrs. Grimmel retired this year from the Timonium office of First Home Mortgage, where she had been a mortgage underwriter for many years.

She and her husband of 13 years, Thomas H. Grimmel, an owner of Grimmel’s Furniture in Churchville, purchased a Jarrettsville farm where her “passion,” family members said, was renovating an old structure that was named “Debbie’s Barn.”

She also enjoyed hosting parties in the barn and had decorated a special space that she called the “Wine Room,” where she liked to spend time with family and friends.

Mrs. Grimmel also liked being on the water and particularly enjoyed watching sunsets from her sister-in-law’s Bush River home.

A celebration of Mrs. Grimmel’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at “Debbie’s Barn,” which will be followed by a wake at 3989 Old Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Steve Isenhour of Poolville, Texas; her daughter, Karrie McDermott of Jarrettsville; a brother, Timothy Rohrs of Parkville; a sister, Nancy Huffman of Bel Air; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. An earlier marriage to Ray G. Isenhour Jr. ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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