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Bambini, Deborah R.  7/6/1961 – 2/4/2022

Deborah Bambini, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on the morning of February 4th, after a brief battle with cancer.

Deb was preceded in death by her husband and the love of her life, John; parents, Robert and Margaret Lindemann; sister, Carol.  She is survived by her children Michael (Emily) Bambini and Meghan (Andrew) Bambini; her grandchildren Joseph and Lexi; brothers Bob and Tom; brother and sister-in-law, Lou and Jeanne Bambini; many nieces and nephews; her cherished canine companions, Jake and Mia.  Deb will be lovingly remembered by her many friends and colleagues.

Deb relished her role as a grandmother and spent as much time as possible with her grandchildren.  As a result, Joseph and Lexi have many wonderful memories of adventures with their “Grandma Bini”.

She had many interests and pursued each of them with passion.  Deb blessed people with her cooking, quilting, crafting and gardening.  In many ways, she was a true renaissance woman.

Born on July 6, 1961, in Plainsville, Ohio, Deb moved many times throughout her childhood.  She graduated from North Muskegon H.S and went on to attend the University of Evansville, where she met John.  Deb spent many years as a practicing RN, with a focus on maternal-child and women’s health.  She later became a women’s health nurse practitioner and maintained those licenses throughout her career.

Deb was a life-long learner who began her professional nursing education by earning a BSN degree, followed by Masters and Doctoral degrees.  Her love of learning led her to become a professor in the Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University, where she actively engaged in student education and clinical simulation research for over 25 years.  Her academic pursuits resulted in multiple publications, including textbooks relating to clinical simulation.  In addition, she was a nationally recognized expert in clinical simulation.

Visitation will be from 10:00 -11:00, and memorial services will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Deborah R. Bambini Nursing Scholarship at GVSU,, where her legacy of teaching and passion for learning will benefit hundreds of students as they prepare for professional nursing practice.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Ruth Ann Brintnall on February 12, 2022 at 10:14 am

    Deb was a great colleague and an excellent role model. Her imprint on student learning using simulation will be missed as will her impact on KCON. She will be forever in the hearts of the family that loved her dearly and surely know there are many others grieve with you. She will be with her dear beloved John once again.

  2. Tina Boarts on February 12, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Meghan, I’m so very saddened to learn of your moms illness and death. You spoke so often of her and the love that you shared. She was such a wonderful mom and grandma to all of you. I pray for peace and comfort for you.

  3. Phyllis Gendler on March 4, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    I was so sorry to learn of Deb’s death. I worked with Deb for many years at Kirkhof College of Nursing. She joined our teaching team as a graduate student and continued as faculty on the team. Later I was able to be faculty when she completed her NP as a women’s health nurse practitioner. I very much appreciated her contributions when I was Dean of the College. She was an outstanding teacher, colleague and professional throughout her career and she always contributed fully in all those roles. I still use her recipe for a crab appetizer that she shared at potlucks. I hope you find peace in her memory. Sincerely, Phyllis Gendler

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