STERRET, Ala. – Andrea Hudachek Pipp, 27, went home to Her Lord and Savior and His Most Blessed Mother from the loving midst of family and friends on the morning of Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with a malignant brain tumor. Her battle ended in her home at the Community of Caritas in Sterrett, where she and her husband, Anthony, were missionaries in the service of The Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Andrea passed away along with her unborn child.
Andrea was born Oct. 20, 1984, in Stillwater, where she attended school at St. Croix Catholic School. Her family was parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Stillwater. The family moved to the Community of Caritas in Sterrett in 1999 to join in the work of spreading the Messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary as given through the six Visionaries of Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina since June 25, 1981. She graduated from Caritas’ Our Lady of Victory’s School in 2003.
She married fellow community member Anthony Pipp at Blessed Sacrament Church in Birmingham, Ala., on Feb. 2, 2007. After an extended honeymoon that included a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, she and Anthony returned to the Community of Caritas as devoted mission activists. Almost a year after their marriage, Andrea gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter Rebekah. Andrew and Jacob followed. Andrea was pregnant with her fourth child at the time of her passing.
She will live in the hearts of all who had the pleasure and privilege of her friendship. Her simplicity, humility, impish charm and dry, ready humor, as well as the dedication she enthusiastically brought to her vocational call to matrimony and motherhood, were models of Christian allegiance and faith. Our Lord’s boundless Love and Mercy were evident in her every action and marked with a special grace all who came in contact with her.
Andrea is survived by her husband, Anthony Pipp, 29; and her three children, Rebekah, 4, Andrew, 3, and Jacob, 1, along with her parents Mark and Mary Hudachek, her brother Joseph, 30, his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Luke, and her brother Benjamin, 25, all of whom are members of the Community of Caritas. She is also survived by her paternal grandmother, Ruth Hudachek of Stillwater, as well as a large group of uncles, aunts, and cousins, including the Robert Zoller and Matthew Hudachek families of Stillwater.
Andrea was interred at the Community of Caritas’ Cemetery in Sterret after receiving the full rights of the Roman Catholic Church. All the members of the community, as well as many friends and members of her extended family were present as she was laid to rest.
In lieu of flowers, her husband requests that all those who wish to honor Andrea’s memory and life could do so by sending donations to: Community of Caritas, 100 Our Lady Queen of Peace Drive, Sterrett, AL 35147.
More can be found about Andrea’s journey at the Mission’s website www.mej.com