Friday, April 20, 2012

Eva (Flohr) Kaprelian

With her family at her side, Eva Kaprelian, age 58, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 20, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Vocklabruck, Austria, on January 7, 1954, daughter of Jacob and Eva (Nee: Knoch) Flohr. They immigrated to the United States in April of 1956 aboard the General Langfitt.

Eva graduated from J.I. Case High School, “Class of 1972.” On May 20, 1978, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, she was united in marriage to Michael S. Kaprelian, the love of her life. Eva was first employed at Racine Unified Central Office, then at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center and later at Jerstad-Agerholm Elementary School where she was a Writing to Read teacher for 10 years.

Eva was a member of St. Mesrob’s Armenian Apostolic Church, where she was active as a Sunday School teacher, as a member of the Women’s Guild, with church festivals and arranging the altar flowers. She enjoyed designing and creating crafts, watching her birds, being a Girl Scout leader, family camping trips, flower and vegetable gardening, reading, going out to breakfast, playing slots at the casino and her Yorkie, Ollie. She was an excellent German cuisine cook and had also mastered many Armenian dishes.

Throughout all of her health issues she remained remarkably strong and always had a smile on her face. Above all, she was a devoted wife, mother and daughter and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her loving husband, Michael; children, Lisa M Kaprelian and Mikey A Kaprelian; her mother, Eva Flohr; siblings, Lisa Meyer and Jack Meyer, Jake and his wife Robin Flohr; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Barbara Kaprelian, Michele and her husband Dennis Kreimer, and Bonnie and her husband Todd Bishop; nieces and nephews, Goddaughter, Tanya (Brandon Hoffman) Meyer, John Meyer, Brian Schoenbeck, Godson Jakob Flohr, Nikie (Rodney) Offield, Goddaughter Tiffany (AJ) Cacciotti, Ryan Kreimer, Maxwell and Maddy Bishop.

She was further survived by many aunts, uncles, other relatives, many in Germany and Austria and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Jacob Flohr; and grandparents, Georg and Eva Knoch. Eva loved all of her great nieces and nephews, Kaity, Izzy, Cole, Johnny, Tyler and Zachary very much and had a special bond with Collin, Cole & Cooper.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mesrob’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 4605 Erie St., with Reverend Yeprem Kelegian officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Memorials to St. Mesrob’s Sunday School, the American Cancer Society or to the family for a tree to be planted in honor of Eva have been suggested.

God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around you
And whispered,
“Come to Me”

With tearful eyes we watched you
And saw you pass away
And although we love you dearly
We could not make you stay.

A Golden heart stopped beating
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Richard Clark, nurse Carrie, nurse Devin and staff, Dr. Sathyavani Prabhakar and nurse, Wendy, Dr. Laura Ulmer, Dr. James Taylor, Dr. Michael Mullane and nurse practitioner Kelly and the entire staff, the Radiation Technicians, and Wheaton Franciscan Hospice; and an extra special thank you to the nurses and the CNAs on hospital Floor 2D for all of your loving and compassionate care.

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