Kerry Prokup

November 15, 1975August 6, 2018
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Kerry Susan Prokup , 42 , of Dallas, Texas , passed away unexpectedly on August 6, 2018. She was born in Rockford, IL on Nov 15, 1975. Kerry married Richard J. Prokup (Rick) on October 30, 2004. Kerry worked in Information Technology for The Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas for almost 20 years. She loved cooking, her cats, and all sports, especially the Dallas Stars, but most of all, her husband Rick - her best friend and soul mate. She never forgot her friends, no matter how near or how distant. .

She is survived by her husband of 14 years, Rick Prokup; parents, Michael A. and Kristine DiGiovanni of Madeira Beach, FL; sisters, Nikki DiGiovanni and Michelle (Luke) Garrett; uncle, James (Shonnie) DiGiovanni; grandfather, Tony DiGiovanni; cousins, Jessica (Paul) Lepien and Phillip DiGiovanni; nephews, Thomas LaGrasse and Tony Lepien; and niece, Katie Lepien. She is predeceased by her grandmother, Antonette DiGiovanni.

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John Clanton

August 20, 2018

Kerry was very patient and dedicated to her work. She was an amazing person that will be missed. My condolences to the family.

Kassi Smith

August 20, 2018

RIP Kerry. You will be missed. Kassi

Nancy and Tim Snyder

August 17, 2018

Kerry brought joy wherever she went. Over the years our families came together for so many holidays, birthdays and notable events. Kerry always made the occasion special with her homemade treats and fun decorations. But really it was her cheerfulness, graciousness, humor and sincerity that would light up any room, and that wonderful smile of hers. Kerry made it a point to sit and chat at length with mom (Katie Nolden), which mom so enjoyed. That was Kerry...always making time for others. There are just so many wonderful memories swirling in my head that involve Kerry, and I can't believe she's gone. She is so missed. Our deepest, deepest sympathies to Rick, the DiGiovanni family and the Prokup family. Our hearts ache for you all.

Linda Walls

August 16, 2018

I wish I would have been able to say goodbye to you. There are times I sit and think of you and have a conversation telling you how much you meant to me. I will always cherish the many parties we had at your house to bring in the New Year and dinner parties. The conversations we would have at the Fed will always be some of my favorites. Your smile will be one that I will never forget. I don’t think anyone could forget it. I have learned that there is no better time than now to chase my dreams. To do all I can while I have the time — and unfortunately, your passing showed me this. I pray all the time for your family and friends, and I pray that you are in Heaven finding your way. To my beautiful friend Kerry who was taken too soon, I love you and miss you!

Robert Yentes

August 16, 2018

Very saddened to hear about Kerry, she will be missed.
My condolences to Rick and family.

Rick Prokup

August 15, 2018

Best friend, wife, confidant, and partner in crime. You were the best thing that ever happened to me. I am so very lucky that I was able to have the time we spent together. You will forever be the kindest and most loving person I have ever known.

Jimmy Cusic

August 13, 2018

Kerry; You were a "One of a Kind" You will be missed...

Mark Varsel

August 13, 2018

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Mark Varsel

August 13, 2018

If ever two people were meant for one another, it was Rick and Kerry. I am so saddened by the news of her untimely passing. Kerry was one person that I have no memory of her ever being discontent. All my memories of her are exactly as she is pictured, always with a big kindhearted smile. The world was really a better place with her being in it.

Ken & Debbie Gibson

August 12, 2018

There are no words that will make this better right now! We have lots of memories from the dinners at the Bailey-Orchard house. Your smile, laughter and your love of Pauli girl showed the sweetness in your heart. Gone too soon but you will forever live in the hearts of those that knew you best!


Eulogy by Kristine (Mom) DiGiovanni

Every minute of every day and night, someone is born and someone dies. It may be that when Kerry left us, her essence was born again into another person somewhere in the world. It may be that she is in a place of unimaginable beauty, reunited with Pauli Girl and everyone she knew who is no longer on this earth. It may be that she just turned off, like a light switch.

Whatever, we chose to believe, we all have this in common; Kerry is gone, and there is a hole inside us we that can never be filled.

Kerry was an extraordinary person. I know all mothers think their children are the most special human beings ever created, but in this case, it’s true. Kerry felt things the way no one else feels them. She gave the way no one else gives. She understood the way no one else understands.

I first realized how special she was when she was 3 and I saw her sitting on the floor in front of the TV, crying. She was watching a Hallmark card commercial. As she grew, it was more and more apparent that she took things to heart in a way that others did not.

She had a typical childhood – she learned to ride a bike, took dance lessons, played the violin for a brief, excruciating time. She and her sister Nikki loved to sing. And they were good at it, had private lessons, and won contests. Having 3 girls in the house was trying for their father, who had only known the company of boys growing up. He wrestled with, teased, tricked, and tormented the girls constantly – and they loved him for it. He and Kerry had a ritual in the mornings before he dropped her off at school, when they would go in search of whatever gas station or 7-11 had the “best” fountain diet coke. They both developed a serious addiction to caffeine because of this.

Kerry wasn’t perfect. She knew what she knew and you couldn’t convince her otherwise. She could be stubborn, opinionated, and judgmental. You did not want to be on the wrong side of her internal moral code.

But Kerry could also be very sweet. If you asked her what she wanted for her birthday or what she wanted Santa to bring. Her answer was typically, “nothing.” She would rather give things than receive them. And that is what made her truly special. She gave to people – things, money, friendship, advice (whether they wanted it or not) and Love. Not only do her friends from high school still hold her dear, their parents do as well, and have reached out to tell me so. She had almost 800 Facebook friends. Who knows that many people?

Yes, Kerry was extraordinary. The fact that she’s not here anymore seems unbearable. But we were able to have her for a while, and while we had her, it was wonderful. For now, she remains only in our hearts, where she will live forever.