September 23, 1962 ~ June 20, 2010
Safe and at peace in the hands that bear the nail prints. Brenda L. Rakoczy went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, June 20, 2010. Brenda Lee Gross was born September 23, 1962 in New Iberia, Louisiana to David and Janice (Hughes) Gross. She Graduated from Orange Park High School and immediately thereafter joined the United States Air Force.
Brenda served overseas in Hawaii and England before being stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base where she retired honorably. While stationed at Grand Forks, Brenda met the love of her life, Thomas J. Rakoczy. They married November 14, 1986 in Reynolds, ND.
Though she loved the Air Force passionately, Brenda's greatest joy and achievement was loving and caring for their three children: Carly, Sydney, & Mandi. Additionally, she was involved with the ARC Upper Valley, Grand Forks, and worked on legislation mandating insurance coverage for individuals who suffer from PKU.
Through many trials and tribulations she remained strong in the Lord and continued to share His loving grace, mercy, and joy with everyone she met. She never met a stranger, only a new friend.
Brenda is survived by her husband, Thomas, daughters: Sydney and Mandi; mother, Janice Gross, brothers: Michael of Seattle, Washington; Mark of Valparaiso, Indiana; sisters: Victoria (Ron) Garcia, of Duchesne, Utah; Donna Davis, of Titusville, Florida; Holly (Joseph) Schwarz of Burke, Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carly, her father David, father-in-law Walter, niece Laura and great nephew Tavarious.
The family would ask that gifts be given to one of the following ministries: FaHoCha Bible Camp, 8799 21st St. NE Warwick ND, 58381 & Child Evangelism Fellowship of Manvel, ND 58256.