In loving memory of

Erika Mendez
July 30, 1964 - July 8, 2019

"Erika Mendez, 54 of Pembroke Pines, Florida passed away July 8, 2019. She is an American of Hungarian decent, and has been a resident of South Florida for the past 18 years, previously coming from New York City and Marghita, Romania. She is a proud sister of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and is survived by her husband and son, Peter & Sebastian Mendez, as well as her mother & sister, Iren & Rita Hajdu, respectively. She was preceded in death by her father Stephen Hajdu.

Erika's greatest desire is to meet with you in Heaven. The message she asked to pass on is, 'If you haven't already, please accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you already have, stop wasting life and get someone saved!'."


Jeannie and Freddy wrote on Jul 14, 2019:

"Erika, you glorified God with your fight. The battle has been won through Christ and your legacy as a wife and mother. God bless you and condolences to the family. Love and shalom, Robaina family"

Aliah Buitrago wrote on Jul 14, 2019:

"Muchas gracias por enviarnos este mensaje. Como lo dice Peter Erika ya esta descansando y dejará de sufrir. Fuerza para Peter y Sebastian. Carlos Andrés Urrego.(hijo)"

Aliah Buitrago wrote on Jul 14, 2019:

"Lo siento mucho y al leer lo que escribe Peter , Erika tuvo mucho sufrimiento q me hace pensar en la muerte de mi abuela y de tu padre .Buenos seres humanos y cuestionó porque tanto sufrimiento . Vamos a orar por el descanso de Erika en el reino del seńor. Muy triste la noticia y la manera que sufrió. La recuerdo como una gran mujer dedicada a su hogar . Tengo presente la noche q nos invito a cenar en su casa frente dl lago. Nuestras más sinceras. Condolencias para Peter y su familia. CARLOS URREGO Y FAMILIA."

Rita Chamberlin wrote on Jul 14, 2019:

"Sometimes you meet a person and they exude kindness and peace. That is the first impressin I got of Erika when I met her in 2013. I know Erika from the home school community. She would come each year with Sebastian for his annual home school evaluation which would last approximately one hour. Erika always spoke softly with a kindness that speaks of love. She was devoted to Sebasian and her huband, whom I met in Oct. 2018, when he brought Sebastian for the home school evaluation.. It was then that I learned of Erika's battle with cancer. God puts people into our lives, howerver short, to teach us about Him. and His standaards for us. A bit after the evaluation, Erika sent me a text link to Laura Story's song, "Blessings:". Some of the lyrics are: "What if your blessings come through tears.....what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise". Erika texted me that she believes these words were true.! What a beautiful witness to our great Lord! Love you Erika!! Rita Chamberlin "

Muhammad Ibn-Raqib wrote on Jul 14, 2019:

"I?ve never met anyone outside of my family that didn?t know me (at the time) that would be so lovingly concerned for me, my faith, as well as my health. When I had first met Erica and Sebastien I had no idea what to think, after a really fun couple private parkour lessons Erica asked me about my weight and health and then mentioned she had these fresh juices she wanted me to try. Me not knowing her very well at the time, naturally I presumed she was trying to sell me something haha. Then after I tried the juices a couple times she asked me how I liked them, and worried the next thing that would come out of her mouth was a sales pitch, I was shocked when she came back and gave me an entire bag FILLED with these juices, and never asked me to sign up to some subscription, never asked for a penny or anything. I was so Shocked and immediately felt terrible to assume that she might have been just trying to sell me something. I had never experienced someone like her before in my life. From then on Sebastien and I would grow closer as friends as well did Erica and I. We would have the best conversations about God, she would tell me about what it was like living in a country that turned bibles into toilet paper because they were a communist country (at the time, if I remember correctly from what she said, excuse me if I?m mistaken). She would have such concern on a deeper level, very motherly, never preaching to me, but always curious and open to sharing and discussing so much on topics that we as Christians and humans should discuss more often. I always looked forward to our talks. As I look forward to the day I get to see Erica and her amazing smile again in eternity with Christ in heaven :?) I look forward to telling her about my life, how much she?s impacted it and how much I?m eternally grateful for the friendship and bond that we created. -Muhammad Ibn-Raqib-"

Martin Hajdu wrote on Jul 14, 2019:

"With heavy hearts we remember we remember and amazing person like Erika. All the family gatherings we used to have and her beautiful smile will be missed. With love from Levente, Kristina, Rita and Martin Hajdu"

Aliah Buitrago wrote on Jul 14, 2019:

"Lo mejor de ella sonrisa! Madre ejemplar, su constante dedicación a su hijo era admirable. Momentos invaluables que compartimos y que atesoramos. Gracias Dios por ponerla en nuestro camino en una etapa bella de enriquecimiento en el desarrollo y crecimiento de nuestros hijos. Gracias por tan bella época. Descansa en paz. Por siempre en nuestro corazón y pensamientos de un ayer pleno y maravilloso. Zuleika ?? Haber conocido Erika fue de inmenso placer. Un ser muy especial. Quiero agradecerle por haber estado hay para mi en momentos muy difíciles de mi vida y también momentos muy felices. Fue también un placer y admiración haberle visto criar a Sebastian, quien es hoy día un gran hombre. Le doy gracias a Dios y a la vida que tuviste el tiempo en esta tierra de verle crecer y ver que es un hombre y que hoy en día, él se queda con un gran padre, por quien siento también mucha admiración. Hoy en tú hijo está representado la gran persona que fuiste, en él jamás se olvidará la gran mujer y excelente ser humano que fuiste. Una vez más Gracias a dios por haberme dado a mi y a mi familia la bendición de conocerle. Gracias algún día nos volveremos a ver. Con respeto, admiración y agradecimiento. OSWALDO Erika is the type of person in my life that had an important impact in my life. She makes you feel better even though you might be having a bad day. The support that she has given me since I was a little kid gave me a push that helped me become the person I am. She was more than a close friend of my family but a great teacher who taught me key skills in life. This family has treated me like one of their own and I couldn't be more grateful. I want to say that she will always be remembered as part of my life. That we will remember what she has given us with respect as a special gift. David Buitrago erika Things happen for a reason in life and some are unexplainable the unexplainable can be difficult we lost a lady that to me and older sibling was like a second mother. I?ve always looked up to Erica as being very knowledgeable, smart and brilliant. I remember her have the willing to teach me new skill and learn new things. She smiled every single time i would look at her. Erika went to my first grade graduation and she gave me a red fluffy sweater i used that sweater until the fourth grade it meant something to me because she made any simple thing feel important. She was a ray of sunshine in my childhood. It?s hard to see someone amazing go from our daily lives and try to see the good in that but Érica left a mark on this world and taught us many things in life. I love her and i thank her for so much !! Aliah Vanessa Buitrago "

Maryuri Velazquez wrote on Jul 13, 2019:

"It was a privilege to meet and work with Erika, a woman with such wisdom from her personal experiences. Along with my husband and son we express our deepest condolences and gratitude to have known her. Margie Velazquez "

Laura O'Toole wrote on Jul 13, 2019:

"Dear Erika, I remember Your incredible sense of dignity that permeated love and humility. I remember Your deep authentic smile striking warm chords of connection. I remember Us in the field unabashed and longingly searching for the hidden treasure so with great joy we could sell all we had, buy that field and invite the world to celebrate in finding the peace that passeth all understanding. I remember You as a woman with a heart for God, whatever the cost. Love, Laura "

Annette Supplice wrote on Jul 12, 2019:

"It was an honor and privilege for me to have my life touched by Mrs. Mendez?s presence! Psalms 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints! With much love! Annette Supplice Nurse"

Lee Davis wrote on Jul 12, 2019:

"Having not met you in person and if I had, I don?t remember. I celebrate with Peter and Sebastian in the knowledge that you were so passionate about our Savior and Lord Jesus, Yeshua our Messiah. I only heard about your family through Sardis and my sister Cherlyn. May your legacy move more hearts to a lasting relationship with our Savior. Peter and Sebastian, (CJB 2016) 24 ?Y?varekh?kha Adonai v?yishmerekha. (May Adonai bless you and keep you.) 25 Ya?er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekka. (May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.) 26Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v?yasem l?kha shalom. (May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.) Lee Davis"

Gamaliel santiago wrote on Jul 12, 2019:

"Peter I?m truly sorry for your lost, we understand you?re feelings as we also experience the same, please know that we have you in our prayers, may our lord Jesus Christ be we you and your love ones, we shared your feelings may God be with you during these hard moments, love you Dorcas & Sandy"

Regina Hajdu wrote on Jul 12, 2019:

"May Erika?s beautiful, Radiant smile , shine down on you and Sebastian Always. With heartfelt sympathy Steven and Regina Hajdu "

SzabĂł Aliz wrote on Jul 12, 2019:

"Drága Erika! Számomra Te nem haltál meg, csak ugyanolyan távol vagy, mint eddig. Amióta megtudtam, csak Rád gondolok. De nem tudom elfogadni, hogy már nem vagy köztünk. Örökké velünk maradsz bennünk, kedves mosolyoddal, jó lelkeddel. Hisz Te egy rendkívüli ember voltál, vagy és leszel az én elmémben. Szeret? barátn?d, Margittáról Lukácsné Szabó Aliz "

Karen Wightman wrote on Jul 12, 2019:

"I will always remember Erika as a loving friend with a generous heart. She was unique in her way of living, who believed in living life following God?s Word. A woman filled with great wisdom who brought a word of peace to those that were troubled.. I will so miss your faithful friendship.. I?m thankful for all she taught me. I will forever treasure her words in my heart, her good advice and her loyal friendship. I want to share a memory that touched my heart. One day Valeria and Sebastian were playing in the yard, shooting with a BB gun while sitting on a tree, and one of the balls my daughter shot, bounced and shattered the glass door. I wanted to crawl underneath the furniture as embarrassment creeped all over me, but Erika was so calm and grateful no one was hurt. Only laughter came out of her heart making me feel that this was just for good memories. I wanted to replace the sliding door and she and Peter with a loving spirit did not allow it. What a beautiful friend Erika new how to be. What an extraordinary wife and mother she was. I always admired how supportive she was of Sebastian?s dreams. Sebastian has been more than blessed to have a wise and loving mother like Erika. Her love for Peter was such an example to me of what it meant to be an ideal wife. Erika will remain in our hearts forever. With so much love, Karen Olano"

Cheryl Samaha wrote on Jul 11, 2019:

"We will miss you our beautiful sweet Erika. I will always remember your words of encouragement and the love you showed my twins!"

V P wrote on Jul 11, 2019:

"Deepest condolences! RIP! ?????? A beautiful soul going home to her Heavenly Father! May all the angels welcome her with rejoicing!???? So honored to have had the privilege of knowing this angel On earth! Erika will leave a huge void in our lives! She will remain in our hearts and minds forever!! With love Valery, Jared, Caleb and Elijah "

Mahmood Mustapha wrote on Jul 11, 2019:

"There are special people in our lives that never leave us even after they are gone. I am so glad and honored to have come across you in life, your hard work, integrity, and perseverance are unmatched. I truly appreciate you so much and value everything I have learned alongside you thus far. Thanks for your time and for guiding thousands towards the right path of life as a mother and a woman of integrity. Rest in Peace. - M. Mustapha"

SIRIA MENDEZ wrote on Jul 10, 2019:

"Romans 8:35, 37- 39 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Gabriela Carrera wrote on Jul 10, 2019:

"My dear Erika, I received an unexpected text message from your husband today... I can't believe that we took these pictures in May 2018. I was deceived by your smile and sweet and gentle spirit. It never crossed my mind that you had any health issues. I know that the angels are rejoicing because you are back home with your relatives and our Heavenly Father. I will miss you so much but this is not a goodbye, but until our Heavenly Father calls me home. I love you dearly "

Roberto wrote on Jul 10, 2019:

"What a true honor being able To cross into the path of such An special human being .I will always remember what Erika used to TeAch us ..? Think In true , Honest , just pure love ?? And Pure good character ? see you In the next chapter DeAr Erika?? Thank you Mr. Peter and Sebastian for the invite to celebrare on Sunday someone who left a mark in this world . .Roberto . "

Sajtos Laszlo wrote on Jul 10, 2019:

"Drága Erika , Soha nem gondoltom vona hogy el jon az a nap amikor igy fogok el bucsuzni toled . Nagyon jo barát voltál és mindig jo volt veled beszélgetni . Sajnos mar nagyon régen nem talákoztunk és nem beszélgetunk , de azért mégis sokszor gondoltam rád és a családodra . Nagyon sajnálom hogy ilyen hamar el kelet menyél kozulunk , de ahol most vagy ott bisztos nem szenvedsz. Nagyon hiányozni fogol mindenkinek . Sajti mar csak egy dolgot kivánhat neked , aszt hogy nyugody békeben ! ."

Borbala Kovacs wrote on Jul 10, 2019:

"Nagyon jó ember voltál, így ismeretlenül is! Közel voltunk, mégsem találkoztunk személyesen, de az a sok szép amit hallottam rólad, és amennyire a testvéredet ismerem, csak jó ember lehettél! Nyugodj Békében Drága Erika! "