Becca's Story

Rebecca’s husband Josh wrote the tribute below about his wife.


Organ donor Rebecca Ann GrosskreutzRebecca Ann Grosskreutz (Powalisz) was a beautiful human being — inside and out. She gave if she could, did nice things when she was able, and asked for nothing in return. She loved all her family, especially her children, Jace, Hope, Haven and Nolan.


She passed away at age 36 on July 10, 2014 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin — two days after I awoke in the middle of the night to find her not breathing. Her cause of death was due to complications from a bacterial virus called Clostridium difficile, or C. diff., an infection of the colon.


Becca (as others called her) had wished that her organs be donated to any recipient who needed them in the event of her death. As per her wishes — and the encouragement of her family who were in attendance at her bedside — Becca made the glorious and priceless donation of her liver. Even in death, she was giving


Becca had long been troubled by myriad physical and mental health problems. She dealt boldly and courageously with degenerative disk disease, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, five ruptured vertebrae and severe migraine headaches. Additionally, her mental health difficulties sometimes made it seem impossible for her to live and enjoy a good quality-of-life. But she was a fighter and a trooper, and she overcame adversity with the constitution of the most robust human.


She was both a girly girl and a cute tomboy. She loved Pekingese dogs and she absolutely adored her adopted dog, Hector. She was fond of animals, and cats in particular seemed to gravitate to her as if they could sense her warm heart. She loved to do her nails and had a total of seven tattoos, including the names of all her children. Her absolute favorite color was yellow, and she wore and adorned herself with all manner of clothes and jewelry in this color.


Her favorite cars were a yellow Jeep Wrangler and a yellow classic Volkswagen Beetle. She had a fondness for skulls in artwork, pictures, tattoos, and what she was well known for wearing - bandanas. She had more than 100 bandanas of every conceivable color and pattern. She thoroughly enjoyed music of all genres, including the Beatles, John Fogerty, Fleetwood Mac and U2. She would sing these songs out loud in the car with her daughter, and she loved to sing along in church. Becca was a stand-up and loyal friend to many. It didn’t matter what you had, or much (or how little) you made at your job — Becca just liked to be friendly.


She touched all of our hearts with kindness and magic. There are many people on this Earth who possess a heart of pure gold — and Becca was one of them. The world just lost a little more sunshine.