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Updated: 11/27/2013 08:00:04AM

Debora Eivor Burgandine

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Debora Eivor Burgandine, 81, of Sarasota, Fla., and formerly of Lappland, Sweden, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

She was born Jan. 2, 1932.

Debora moved to the United States in 1956, and became a U.S. citizen in the ’80s. She also lived in Paris, France; and Brussels, Belgium. Debora was an Elementary School teacher who taught in many places, including Sweden and the United Nations International School in New York City, N.Y., and finally at West Elementary School in Arcadia, Fla.

She was her son, Carl’s, first-grade teacher. Debora loved children and teaching, and also enjoyed traveling; the arts, in particular, music; and the company of her friends. She was a member of the Church of the Palms.

A special thank-you goes to the Thalia Unit at Heartland South for making her final two years comfortable with love and care.

Debora is survived by her son, Carl Knutsson; his father, Thorsten Knutsson; sisters, Maj-Britt, Gerd and Elna; and numerous family members in Sweden and elsewhere.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec., 7, 2013, at Church of the Palms in Sarasota. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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