Erica Lynn Paulissen passed away on Monday Oct. 14, 2019 at the age of 21. She was born on Dec. 15, 1997, in Kankakee.

While managing the Maple Street Dairy Queen and growing her own beauty and wellness business with ItWorks, she was five classes away from a dual Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Finance from Governor’s State University. An officer of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Erica was driven overall to succeed as a female entrepreneur and support those around her in discovering their purpose. She was a lover of travel and adventure with an endless imagination. 

Surviving are her parents, Debbie (Healy) and Jeff Paulissen, of Kankakee; paternal grandmother, Myrna (Monjon) Paulissen; maternal grandparents, Judy and Harold “Buck” Healy; aunts and uncles, Dave and Sue (Emling) Paulissen, Linda Manley, Kathy Gill, Colleen (Paulissen) and Aaron Pool, Randy and Erin (Laurence) Paulissen; her cousins, Katie (Paulissen) and Patrick Hillman, Sarah Paulissen and Andrew Robert, Andy Paulissen, Taylor (Manley) and Dalton Rude, Dawson Gill, Jordan Gill, Kyle Pool, Sydney Pool, Noah Ruiz, Jackson Loehring, Finn Paulissen, Theo Paulissen and Graham Paulissen; and best friend, Angel Souligne.

Preceding her in death were her paternal grandfather, Henry “Ron” Paulissen, and infant aunt, Susan Paulissen, both formerly of Kankakee.

Memorials may be made for a future literacy project in Erica’s name.

Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Schreffler Funeral Homes, Kankakee Chapel, West Court Street, Kankakee. An additional time for visitation was from 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, until the 2 p.m. memorial service, also at the funeral home. A candlelight celebration of life took place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Riverfront Park Gazebo in Bourbonnais.