Eloisa “Becky” Van Eperen, age 86, of Kaukauna, went into the arms of the Heavenly Father, surrounded by her loving family, at St. Paul Home, Kaukauna, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Becky was born on July 5, 1930, in Milwaukee, to the late Hirene T. and Maria (Zunica) Mendez. Throughout her life, Becky was sustained and enriched by her faith. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and her deep and abiding faith were an inspiration for all that knew her. Her family was extremely important to her and she was always there for them. The time they spent together will be forever treasured. She was an avid Packer fan and could always be seen wearing her green and gold Packer colors. Becky enjoyed Bingo, mostly so that she could treat her grandchildren with the prizes. She also was well known for her enjoyment of singing.
Becky is survived by her children, Joanmarie “Toby” Berken, Jean Berkers, Jackie (Abel) Rodriguez, Julie (Richard) Merritt, Jim (Laura) Van Eperen, Jennifer (Jason) Smith; her grandchildren, who she truly loved: Justin Van Eperen, Stacy (Andy) Kurland, Elmer (Jacqueline) Keberlein, Nicole Keberlein, Marcus (Sabrina Buehler) Keberlein, Jackie Strunc, and Holly Strunc, Annette (Harlowe) Rowe, Corey (Nicci) Berkers, Adam Rodriguez, Aaron (Jodi) Rodriguez and Angeline Rodriguez, Eric Merritt, Madeleine (Brian Lemke) Merritt, James and Thomas Van Eperen, Alexandria (Mitch Schroeder) Heimermann, Andrea Heimmermann and Blake Heimmermann; her great grandchildren, Aiden, Nivia, Duncan, Sadie and Shelby, Harlowe and Marlee, Calleigh, Brevon, Landon and Peyton; and her brother, Robert (Mary) Mendez. She is further survived by her sister-in-law, Faith Mendez, and her special friend, Albert Van Lith, and lifelong friends, Anna & Greg Parker, and many other in-laws, other relatives and friends. Becky was preceded in death by her son, Joseph, her siblings, Caroline Mendez and Eloisa Mendez, Alfonso Mendez, Angeline (John) Wall, Ralph Mendez, and her former husband Joseph Van Eperen. She was further preceded in death by many in-laws, other relatives and friends.
The Funeral Liturgy will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at ST. PAUL HOME CHAPEL, 316 East 14th Street, Kaukauna, with Fr. Jerry Pastors officiating. Friends may call at the WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME, 537 N. Superior Street, Appleton, on Friday (Today) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and again directly at the chapel at St. Paul Home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. Entombment will be in Highland Memorial Park. The family would like to thank the wonderful and caring staff and friends at St. Paul Home for their gentile and compassionate care. They truly made St. Paul Home her “home.” Online condolences may be offered at www.wichmannfargo.com
Look at me, I'm standing tall Dancing and singing and smiling. If you could only see me now, you'd know I've seen his face. And you'd know the pain is erased. And when you need me, feel the love I've surrounded you in. That love is without Borders. Our times together were my life's joy. Our memories were not few. And now I get to thank the good Lord in person for blessing me with all of you.