Lisa Marie Bacopulos

Lisa Marie Bacopulos

February 06, 1966 - July 15, 2005

Lisa Marie Bacopulos

February 06, 1966 - July 15, 2005


Lisa Marie Bacopulos, 39, of Rancho Santa Margarita died on July 15, 2005. Born Feb. 6, 1966 in Syracuse, New York. From her earliest childhood, Lisa’s love for animals manifested itself through horse ownership, raising a seeing eye dog, and always wanting to bring home the strays! Lisa was always happy to be around animals, whether that was at the Wild Animal Park or the nearest shelter. Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Biola University. She taught school for several years. Lisa was also very active in serving in her church in various capacities.
She is survived by her husband, Eric; her children, Joshua and Sarah; her parents, Ralph and Patricia VanPeursem; her sister, Laura Ross of Fresno; her brothers, Randy VanPeursem of Thousand Oaks and Ron VanPeursem of Venezuela; her in laws, George and Genevieve Bacopulos; five nieces; four nephews; two aunts and two uncles.
Memorial Service at 3:00 PM, July 20, 2005 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.

The following is a rememberance from Eric:
The Lord brought Lisa and I together during our college lives. Lisa was attending Biola, and I was at San Diego State. We did not know each other. A mutual friend was driving to a Christian camp called forest home. She invited both Lisa and I to drive up with her and thus the Lord brought us together. I remember when I first saw her. She stood at a rail waiving to us as we drove up. She was smiling and her eyes were shining. She took my breathe away. 
We were married on 3/18/89. Lisa’s whole desire in life, other than to live the way the Lord would have her, was to be a great mom and wife. She was entirely successful in all three. We have 2 children Joshua and Sarah. She had quit her job as a teacher to rear her children. She was amazing in how she raised and cared for them. She was amazing how she loved and cared for me, her husband. Even when her health failed her causing pain and disabilities, she would always try to put her family first. It was this great love for us, that kept her fighting. Her last words were to her kids and while she was under heavy sedation to help ease the pain. She heard their voices telling her they loved her. She murmured the best she could ‘I love you too.’ That’s who Lisa was. That’s who she will always be in our souls.

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11 responses to Lisa Marie Bacopulos

  1. Debbie Volpe says:

    Like most of the Lady Ducks hockey families, we came to know Lisa as the often quiet, somewhat reserved lady who sat beside the very outgoing man in the stands always cheering for a little girl he called “Pidge”. Over the past 2 years I have seen Lisa in a much different light. Although a quiet person, Lisa was always a driving force behind participation in Josh and Sarah’s lives hockey in particular. Lisa never missed a game or practice if she could make it. Regardless of how she was feeling, she wanted to be there to watch and support. I have come to know Lisa as one of the most couragous and strong women I have ever met. Her will to survive and beat her cancer kept he fighting until the end. I am happy to have been able to count Lisa among my friends. Her love for life, strength and courage will live on in all of our hearts.
    The Volpe Family

  2. Dear Eric and Family,

    I don’t know if you’ll remember us, but we our friends of your mom and dad in Temecula.

    We met you and Lisa several years ago at our marriage retreats. It was a blessing to see your love and devotion to one another.

    Since that time you and Lisa and your family have been in our prayers, as the Lord laid you all on our hearts so often.

    We will continue to pray. May you each find comfort, rest and peace in the arms of Jesus. He loves you all so much!

    In His Perfect Love,
    Gary & Cindy Bergon

    Numbers 6:24-26

  3. We met the Bacopulos family through hockey. Some of our best memories are of Eric and Lisa together watching their kids play. Eric and Lisa made every effort to be at all their games and practices even when Lisa was not well. The kids would see her smiling face in the stands or at the glass rooting them on.
    We will miss her beautiful smile, words of encouragement, for all the kids, and her wonderful sense of humor.
    Eric, Josh Sarah and family our thoughts are with you on this most difficult day. Bless you all
    With love,
    The Sterlings

  4. Dear Family,
    My sincere heart felt condolences to all who know and love Lisa. As she will be missed and thought of everyday, Jesus will faithfully comfort all of our sorrow. He holds Lisa now face to face, she is where we all long to be, just a little before us.

    Wendy Barriga
    friend of George and Genny

  5. To Lisa’s family,

    Thank you for sharing about Lisa this way. We have had the privilege fo praying for her, even though we have never met. You are all a blessing to Len & me to watch you as you trust God in your pain and loss. May God continue to strengthen you, and continue to draw you closer to Him in the days ahead.


    Len & Claire Schiada

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