Date of Birth April 9, 1951
Date Deceased November 1, 2023
Hometown Hammondsport
Home State N.Y.



Hammondsport – Debra A. Robbins, 72, of Grape Street passed away on Wednesday (November 1, 2023) following a long illness. She was born in Wellsville on April 9, 1951 to Earl and Patricia Robbins.

A graduate of Wellsville High School, she also completed coursework at Michigan State University and Penn State.  Debra was a Latin teacher for the Geneva Central School District for many years. She also worked at Dr Konstantin Frank Winery for several years.

Debra was predeceased by her parents and her husband of 31 years Edward Lancer. She is survived by a sister, Denise McKee of Youngstown Ohio and a brother John Robbins of Palmyra, New York as well as a nephew and several nieces.

To honor her wishes there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your favorite charity.

The Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, 35 Main St., HAMMONDSPORT is honored to assist Debra’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Debra are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.


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  1. DeeDee and John,
    So sorry to hear this news. My sympathy to you and your families. Love you♥️
    DeeDee, I would like to have your address.

  2. I am a former student of Debra. I haven’t lived in Geneva for over 30 years, but I will always be greatful for her instruction and enthusiasm. I am sorry to hear of her passing but will say a prayer to thank God for letting her help so many people.

  3. I am so surprised! Deb and I have switched to letter writing instead of texting, talking football, Amelia Peabody mysteries (which she recently started), gardening (she gave me her counted cross stitch), and just general day-to-day activities. We used to do progressive dinners with her and Ed and our friends Doug and Missy, we’d play Trivial Pursuit, go camping at Spruce Row in Trumansburg and do a winery tour. After they moved to Hammondsport, activities would be Cookie Walk, Hammondsport yard sale, etc. During Covid she organized a long distance Monopoly game. Doug, Tim, Ed, Deb and I would meet for lunch, until Ed was too ill. Then we’d drive down to visit. So very sad. My condolences to the family.

  4. I’ll always remember Deb for her Party Potatoes and Sherry Cake at family gatherings. When I talked to her around 2 weeks back she seemed a little upbeat that things were falling into place, but there also seemed to be a deep fatigue. She will be missed and remembered 💔

  5. It wasn’t long ago that I was writing about my fond memories of my uncle Ed. Those memories always included my aunt Deb. Thanks for making my life better. May you find eternal happiness with our creator!

  6. I was her student in the late 70’s and early 80’s. She made a difference and I remember her fondly. She certainly was An inspirational teacher and a good human being. I still cherish my Latin Dictionary she gave me on graduation night in 1982. Rest in Peace.

  7. Ms. Robbins was my Latin teacher in high school and she was easily one of my favorites. Her enthusiasm for teaching and her impressive knowledge of Latin were on daily display in our classes. Some of her memorable quotes in class: “Repetition is the backbone of education” and “Slash!” She was an eternal optimist and always saw the good in everything even the flop of a theatrical production that my friends and classmates performed entirely in Latin in high school as part of the Foreign Language Festival. Even though our production was a complete bomb, she came up to us and said, “Gentlemen, good job!”

    Requiescat in Pace, Ms. Robbins.

  8. We shared teaching rooms from middle school to high school. Deb was always a source of information and a great conversationalist, Many hours we spent comparing the Latin and Spanish influences and usage in every day talk. There are many things I remember of her friendship, her caring for the students, the easiness to laughter about our tribulations during our teaching. the cross stitching we did together, her quiet way of doing her job while not expecting any recognition, but just to do it because she loved to teach. I will always remember Deb for so many attributes she had , and I will remember her every time I look at a wonderful cross stitch wall hanging she gave me when I retired from teaching.

  9. We are writing this remembrance with both Deb and Eddie in our thoughts. Whenever you think of one, the other automatically comes to mind.
    Thank you both for your steadfast friendship and your ever-present smiles. You are missed!
    Our best to your families.
    Rest in the Lord’s perfect peace, ‘old friends’.

  10. I met Deb through the Hammondsport Library Book Club many years ago. She was a voracious reader and so smart in her observations and comments on the books we discussed. She was kind and a good friend and will be missed!

  11. Deb and Ed were friends of ours in the Geneva area. Had not had a lot of contact from Hammondsport. Remember them both fondly. My sympathy to all family.

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