Patricia Ann “Pat” Reppa encouraged her children’s talents and supported their efforts, her daughter Laura Monteen said.
“Whether you were into music, sports, writing, or art, she was your biggest fan and found a way to help you achieve your goals,” Monteen said. “She drove thousands of miles in Munster hauling kids, her own and others’, to endless practices, games and performances. She loved her family, her church, her friends and her town of Munster.”
Reppa, 85, of Munster, was married to her husband, Jerome, who survives, 59 years. They had seven children, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
“She was such a generous person,” Jerome Reppa said. “Everybody liked her. She was a beautiful person; she was a wonderful person.”
Her son Jim Reppa said, “For me, mom was pearls, lipstick and Emeraude perfume.
“Mom was peanut butter, chocolate-covered cherries and York Peppermint Patties,” he said.
Daughter Nancy Johnson said her mom was proudest of the success of the St. Thomas More Girls Volleyball teams she coached from 1970 to 1978, for her four youngest daughters, winning multiple championship teams and having several undefeated seasons.
“She was not athletic and certainly not an expert on the sport, but she was a genius at understanding and motivating preteen girls,” Johnson said.
Reppa founded the Band Parents' Club for the St. Thomas More School band, of which all her children were members. She pioneered a band spaghetti supper fundraiser, which became an annual event.
Reppa was a room mother, cafeteria volunteer and chaperon whenever needed.
As her children went out on their own, Reppa worked part time at Maria's Hallmark in Munster. She loved seeing people from town and assisting customers, Johnson said.
“It is indescribable how lucky we were to have her,” Jerome Reppa said. “She never had an unkind word to say. She was that way with everybody. She saw the good in everyone.”