May 7th, 2019 Lake Geneva, WI in honor of Deborah Newton

May 7th, 2019 Lake Geneva, WI in honor of Deborah Newton


Deborah Newton 1942 - 2019

Deborah Newton passed on Wednesday, May 1st surrounded by family in Lake Geneva, WI after a repeated yet courageous battle with cancer. Born May 7th, 1942 in Rockford, IL, she was the only child of parents Milton & Anne Linden. She is survived by her husband, Joseph, son Brett, daughter Paige, grandchildren, in-laws & nieces/nephews, special life-long friends endearingly characterized as the Magnificent 7, and cat Mario.

She converted a vacant commercial building into lofts for herself and others to live, create and show their work. This endeavor became known as 317 Market Street and she orchestrated this enterprise for over 20 years which, along with other local pioneers, helped re-establish vitality into downtown Rockford. 

Through much of her adult life, Deborah endured multiple health challenges, yet none of these obstacles dampened her boundless spirit to live, love and grow. She loved pursuing education, expanding her intellect, traveling to new lands, and encouraging people to grow – always with her gracious smile and friendly spirit.


The Deborah Newton Collection maintains her legacy, oversees her remaining works, and an ongoing digital archive. A collector’s book featuring limited selections of her work is underway.

If you’d like to be a supportive part of establishing this initiative, your donation* is graciously accepted at the Deborah Newton Artistic Legacy Fund.


* currently not tax-deductible