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Rebecca Pacione

December 27, 2021 | 22 comments

Rebecca Pacione (Becerra), 86, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on December 23, 2021 at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, WI.  She was born on February 6, 1935 to Salvador and Julia (Garcia) Becerra in East Chicago, IN.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jack, her sons Nick (Ana Corpuz), Mike (Janet Wisnauski), daughter Lisa Cortopassi (Scott), grandchildren, Sean, Samantha (Brad), Vincent and Louis, great-grandchildren Jack and Charlie, her sisters Rose Bermajo, Grace Rios, Bernadette Burgos and her brother Jerry Becerra along with several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Gloria Becerra, Sylvia Rios and Helen Hinojosa.

She worked at Brock and Rankin in Chicago, IL in the early 1950’s when she met the love of her life, Jack. They married at the age of 21 years on August 11, 1956. In the mid 1980’s they started a new venture, a video store called Villa DuPage Video in Villa Park, IL which Rebecca was the Manager of for several years.

Rebecca and her husband Jack retired to Las Vegas, NV in 1998 and lived there for 14 years until they decided to move to Holmen, WI.

Rebecca had a love for ceramics, crocheting and making jewelry. She was a big Chicago Bears fan and was so excited to watch every game. Her family and friends will miss her wonderful smile, outgoing personality and out pour of love for others. She will live on in our memories and the wonderful times we have had together.

At this time, the family has decided to hold a Celebration of Life at a later date.

“They Walk Beside Us”
Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near
Still loved, still missed, and very dear.



  1. Wendy Franke

    A beautiful woman who will be dearly missed by so many!
    Sending love to the entire Pacione and Cortopassi families!

    • Diane Sondelski

      So very sorry to your family. What a beautiful lady.

    • Janet Schmitz

      Her smile was contagious. She was a wonderful person. So glad we were able to spend time with them when we were in Onalaska. Heaven just received a beautiful angel.

    • Kimberly Guimon (Cortopassi)

      Aunty was such an amazing, sweet, generous and loving women. Her laugh would always put a smile on my face (no matter how I felt)… she will be greatly missed! Sending love and deepest sympathy to all of those who had the pleasure of being in her life…..Go Bears!

    • Shawn Knauber

      Our family has you in our thoughts and prayers. Keep the great memories you have of your mom close to your heart.

    • See Lee

      My deepest condolences to the family. Rebecca, you will be dearly missed. I will miss seeing your smile and presence. May you Rest In Peace.

  2. Sue Ciangi

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a genuinely kind woman whom I am so happy I had the pleasure to meet. Prayers for peace to you all.

  3. Debbie

    My sweet Aunt Becky I have so many memories with you that I will cherish for the rest of my life . You will always hold a special place in my heart ❤️ I’m gonna miss your sweet message on Facebook .
    May you Rest In Peace 🙏🏻
    Love your little Debbie

    • Krista

      Becky you are loved beyond words and will be missed dearly!

      Warmest thoughts and hugs to the Pacione and Cortopassi families. All of you hold a very special place in my heart. May all the happy memories of your wife, mother and grandmother help you through this difficult time.
      Love to all~Krista

  4. Andrea Gonzalez

    My deepest sympathies to Grace Velasquez Rios, Rose Bermajo, and Rose Martinez and family. Rebecca was a wonderful woman. I am sure she was received into the kingdom of God warmly. Sending big hugs to all.

  5. Ronnie Almaguer

    My 2nd Mom growing up in the south side of Chicago. You will be missed loved growing up with your family. Sending our condolences to all the family
    Till we meet again

  6. Kate and Tom Marshall

    So sorry for your loss Lisa and family. She’s probably having a double bubble with John in heaven. Hug’s and prayers for you all.

  7. Kathy Mischung & Paul Morales

    Paul & I sadden to hear of her passing. We both loved her to pieces. Our prayers & love are with you Jack. 🌹

  8. Donna McKamey

    Dear Sweet Becky
    You are missed and will live on in many hearts and memories, I was truly blessed to have you in my life. I love you forever, rest in peace. Prayers for all the family!

  9. Raymond Carter

    Truly enjoyed her company, she always had a smile that was hard to forget. Going to miss her dearly 😢.

  10. Joan Mueller

    Aunt Ribbie will missed by many.
    Love to Jack and the family.

  11. Debbie Mauro

    I am so sorry for your lost. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May your fond memories help you during this sad time.

  12. Kevin Stearns

    I will miss my God Mother she was a beautiful person. I am sure she is now having a Blast with my Father up in Heaven, my Dad loved Jack & Rebecca. I will always cherish the memory’s we had for the Fourth of July party’s you had, and I will always remember your laugh you were a great person RIP.

  13. Tony

    Such a special soul Aunt Rebecca. Truly a woman with a heart of gold, a contagious smile and kindness unmatched. You will remain in my heart until I’m blessed to be with you again. I’m grateful for what times we had. Thank you for being an awesome example of unconditional Love.

  14. John Heighway

    She was a sweet and gentle lady.

    Maybe she’ll make a big pot of gravy for everyone up in heaven! RIP

  15. Karin Husty

    My Gomade was my mother and fathers best friend. She was like a mother to me. Her children are my brothers and sister. I lost my mom years ago and it was wonderful to have her with me still. She was the most beautiful, kind, and fun loving women! My heart is breaking for the family for which I hold so dear. She will be missed terribly. I know she is laughing with my parents in heaven and this gives me peace. I’m praying for strength for my Gombade.

  16. Lisa Torres (Padilla)

    Our family was so sorry to hear of the passing of Rebecca. She was such a sweet and loving woman. My mother Manuelita Padilla and our entire family send you our thoughts and prayers.


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