Alice Fern “Ali” Tupper

Alice Fern “Ali” Tupper

March 20, 2006 – June 18, 2022

VISITATION: Thursday, June 23rd from 5pm to 7pm at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 “S” St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, June 24th at 10:30am, St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Duchesne Academy, St. Stephen the Martyr School, or YMCA Camp Kitaki.

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Tupper, Alice Fern, March 20, 2006 – June 18, 2022

Tupper, Joseph Allen, April 22, 2008 – June 18, 2022

Alice “Ali” Tupper, 16, and Joseph “Joe” Tupper, 14, of Gretna, Nebraska passed away Saturday, June 18, 2022, in a car accident while traveling home from Worlds of Fun with beloved cousins.  They are survived by their parents, Zack and Steph Tupper, and younger sister, Annabelle Tupper along with many loved cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

God blessed Zack and Steph with the most perfect baby girl, Alice Fern, on March 20th, 2006.  Twenty-five months later, on April 22, 2008, the Tupper family was blessed with the birth of the sweetest son, Joseph Allen.  Upon meeting Joe for the first time and holding him in the hospital, Ali declared, “Yup, that’s my Joe.” From that day on, Ali and Joe would forever be best friends, always protecting and always loving one another.

Their little sister, Annabelle, was born 5 years later and it was not long before it was discovered that “best friends” could be a 3-way affair.  The three of them were often found side by side by side, entertaining each other, playing a game, or undertaking a project.  With Ali and Joe close in age and Anna being a lot younger, the two older siblings cherished their younger sister and loved including her in almost all they did.  Quick to joke or prank one another, the three of them were inseparable and rarely fought.  The three were truly meant to be together.

Ali was a driven, strong soul, with an inner motivation that pushed her to succeed in anything she decided to try.  To an observer, it appeared that school and athletics or, really, almost anything came easily, but the magic happened behind the scenes, where Ali could be found running hundreds of miles a summer, practicing soccer with her brother, or intensely focused on her schoolwork or reading hundreds and hundreds of books.  She participated in Varsity Cross Country and Soccer at Duchesne Academy and excelled as a student. She loved her high school classmates while never forgetting and finding time for her friends from St. Stephen’s and her club sports teams.

Joe was a thoughtful, kind soul that cared more about others than he did himself.  It pained him deeply to see anyone struggle or treated unfairly.  Even as a young child, Joe had an uncanny ability to sense the pain of others and offer hugs and loving words to a family member in sorrow.  As a teenager this translated to his friends, where he was quick to stick up for a buddy in trouble or lend some help to a classmate struggling with a math problem.  To the onlooker Joe was quiet, never one to steal the spotlight, but to his close family and friends knew his quick wit, funny remarks, and eagerness to do and try anything was vividly noticed. Following in Ali’s footsteps, Joe became a skillful soccer player and a distance runner.

Both loved deeply, knowing that family goes much further than the walls of one’s home. Throughout their short lives, the friends they made, the classmates they had, and their sports teammates were naturally an extension of their family.  We are truly grateful for all the friends, family, classmates, teammates, teachers, and coaches that made Ali and Joe’s all too brief lives perfectly beautiful.

 

23 Comments

  • Natalie Moore (Nat Moore) Posted June 20, 2022 4:09 pm

    Ali (Tupps) was a beloved friend. I enjoyed getting close with her over the past year. She never failed to light up the room, and always put everyone before herself. She and Joe will be missed. Tupps gave the best hugs and made me feel loved. We had just talked about me ringing her next year, and I’ll always be her ring mama. Thinking of the Tupper family during this time 🫶💗

  • Kent & Marina Carson Posted June 21, 2022 7:21 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

  • Rhonda Richeson Posted June 21, 2022 10:29 am

    Words can’t adequately express my condolences. Be assured of my prayers for the family.

  • JEN BURNS Posted June 21, 2022 1:40 pm

    YOUR FAMILY IS IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS DURING THIS TIME. SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.

  • Susi and Larry Kobus Posted June 21, 2022 7:57 pm

    We are sending many prayers and love from Columbus. We pray God will give you strength in the coming days and years. So sorry!

  • Torres-Salvador family Posted June 22, 2022 12:13 am

    Our heartfelt and sincere condolences goes to you and your family. God gives you the fortitude to bear this great loss and strengthen your faith in Him, in these trying times. We can not be physically present but our prayers and thoughts are with you. Ali and Joe will be in our hearts forever.

  • Fay Klock Posted June 22, 2022 5:55 am

    May God Bless the Tupper family and may Gods healing arms wrap around all of you to give you the strength to endure the loss of 2 wonderful children. My heart and prayers are with you.

  • Bill & Linda Hendricks Posted June 22, 2022 11:42 am

    Although we don’t personally know you, as members of St. Stephens, my wife and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to your family over the tragic loss of your children. Our prayers go out to you at this most challenging time in your life and faith. We cannot understand why such tragedies occur but these are the times that we most need to turn to our Heavenly Father for His love and care. I am sure your children are safely in His arms in heaven. God bless your family.

  • Marv Barb Zoucha Posted June 22, 2022 11:47 am

    Our hearts are broken for all of you. How proud you must be of your beloved children. Know that we will continue to lift you up in prayer as you grieve….

  • Natalie Olsen Posted June 22, 2022 1:00 pm

    Words can’t adequately express our condolences. Be assured our prayers are with the Tupper Family. May God hold Ali & Joe in the palm of his hand. Sweet angels. With love: Natalie, Dan, Bella & Sullivan Olsen

  • Jenny, Bryan, Logan, Chloe & Hannah Whitcomb Posted June 22, 2022 1:33 pm

    Our hearts are so broken for the pain your family is enduring and these beautiful young lives taken way too soon. Ali & Joe were both such sweet kids and accomplished so much in their short lives. Chloe has many fond memories of Ali at St. Stephen’s and in book club; and Hannah says Joe was always nice and caring to everyone. We’ve been praying non-stop that you receive the comfort and support from others, and peace and love from God, to help get you through this pain and suffering. God bless you all. ✝❤

  • George and Peg O’Dea Lippert Posted June 22, 2022 3:06 pm

    Dear Al and family,
    There are no words to express the tragic loss of your beloved grandchildren. You and their parents, aunts and uncles and cousins have our deepest sympathy. Eternal rest to them and peace to you and the rest of the family. Healing prayers for the surviving cousins.
    Blessings,
    George and Peg O’Dea Lippert

  • Wood Family Posted June 22, 2022 7:53 pm

    Dear Tupper family,
    Keeping Ali, Joe, and your entire family in our prayers.

  • Dianna Rich Johnson Posted June 22, 2022 8:30 pm

    We want to send you thoughts and prayers at this incredibly difficult time. We pray God is with you and looking over your family in these difficult times ahead.

  • Brady, Bethany, and Bryn. Ray Posted June 22, 2022 9:02 pm

    Sweet Ali was more than a teammate….she was loved by all. Your entire family was always so kind and welcoming. Prayers and hugs to all in this difficult time.
    Brady, Bethany, Brynn Ray

  • Erica Welniak Posted June 22, 2022 10:30 pm

    I am so very sorry for the tragic loss of these lovely children. The Tupper family is in my thoughts and prayers

  • Connie Rus and Family Posted June 23, 2022 9:31 am

    Sending our sincerest condolences on the tragic loss of your beloved Children. Holding your Family up in prayer. My God bless and comfort you.

  • Brianna & Jayden Anderson Posted June 23, 2022 5:06 pm

    Our hearts are beyond broken for you. Your beautiful family will be in our prayers now & in the months to come.

  • Sandy Lee Posted June 23, 2022 8:55 pm

    Words cannot describe how I feel right now for you. Prayers and hugs for all of you guys. I know how much your family means to you, your children were your whole world. You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time.

  • Megan Zigmond Posted June 24, 2022 7:16 am

    Sending love and prayers for strength and recovery. While too short, they lived beautiful lives and touched so many others along the way. My deepest sympathies.

  • Tiffany Reasland Posted June 24, 2022 9:50 am

    Our thoughts and love are with the Tupper family during this tragic time. Ali was a great friend and teammate.
    Tiffany, Ryan, and Addy Reasland

  • Shomshor Family Posted June 25, 2022 10:16 am

    Dear Tupper Family,
    We have never met, but my daughter played soccer with Ali with St. Albert one Okoboji tournament a couple years ago and my daughter will be a sophomore at Duchense. She knew Ali. We lift you in our prayers now and the days ahead. Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. May God grant you strength during this time.
    Paul, Sarah, Jensen, and Jacksen Shomshor

  • Julie A. Brantley Posted June 25, 2022 9:25 pm

    My heart goes out to your family during this very painful time. It has got to be devesting, no doubt.
    We do not know one another as I live in Montana and ran across this sad news about your children.
    I will be praying for you all …

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