Grace Ann Cupak
May 29, 1929 – May 11, 2021
FUNERAL SERVICE observing CDC guidelines: Saturday, May 22nd at 6pm at the West Center Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Kindred at Home and Kindred Hospice.
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On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, our loving mother, Grace Ann Cupak passed away. She was 91 years old and our last surviving member of the greatest generation.
Grace was born on May 29, 1929. She was born in Orlando, Florida, and at age two, her family moved to Omaha, Nebraska. Near the end of WWII the family returned to Florida, where she graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1947. Grace then moved back to Omaha, NE in pursuit of a career in commercial art, starting out at Mutual of Omaha. She married Frank Cupak, Jr. on September 28, 1951. Together they raised two sons, David and Daniel, and two daughters, Julie and Diane.
Although she made life-long friends at Mutual, she left the company and became a fashion illustrator. She created fashion art for numerous Omaha Department stores and shops and had a particular appreciation for the Art Deco style. She also loved painting portraits and was active in various art clubs and competitions—winning many awards, most notably the Grumbacher Award. Creating pastel portraits of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was an enjoyable pastime she continued even up to age 91. She was known for her love of entertaining family and friends and her generous, kind heart.
Grace was preceded in death by husband of 60 years, Frank Cupak; son, Daniel Frank Cupak; brother, Bruce Fleming Jepson; sisters, Chris Connors and Harryette Bondesson. Survived by children: David Bruce Cupak, Julie Ann Cambridge (John), and Diane Christine Smith (Steve); many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When I remember my cousin Grace, I will remember her beauty, her kindness and her generosity of spirit. Seeing her artwork displayed at many local art shows and competitions, I knew that art was an integral part of her life. Her pastel drawings of my Mom and our grandson were gifts Rich and I treasure. In recent years, Grace and I enjoyed a lively correspondence and she sent a number of her notes on notecards she had drawn. I’ve kept every one. To Julie, Diane and David, Rich and I send our love and condolences. She lived her best life. We will miss her.
Bernadette Galus Zajac, Colorado Springs, Colorado
So sorry for your loss. Think of the cloudscapes she can paint now.