Joseph Allen Tupper

Joseph Allen Tupper

April 22, 2008 – 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.



  • Lisa Simpson Posted June 20, 2022 9:42 pm

    I don’t personally know your family but I know Sophee and Hannah and Stacey. My heart is so very heavy for all of you. There are no words. Please know that my prayers are deep on your behalf. I hope you can find happiness again in your lifetime. I hope that one day you all genuinely laugh your butts off. I hope you genuinely cry sometime for a different reason. I pray that you can wake up every morning and find enough love with all the support you all have to not break down and even in the shitty days ahead, find a good place to hold your head high in honor or your wonderful children. This isn’t right. This isn’t supposed to happen. This is going to be awful. Be as strong as you can be. God bless!!!

  • Kent & Marina Carson Posted June 21, 2022 7:20 am

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

  • Kris Mixan Posted June 21, 2022 8:27 am

    Steph – My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I hope that you will feel the love being sent your way through the many thoughts and prayers of all who know you and your family. God Bless you all.

  • Rhonda Richeson Posted June 21, 2022 10:27 am

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

  • JEN BURNS Posted June 21, 2022 1:41 pm


  • Lori & Shane Havens Posted June 21, 2022 3:59 pm

    Sending love, comfort, strength and peace to your family during this time. May God hold and keep your children together forever in his arms.

  • Cindy Fritton & Family Posted June 21, 2022 5:22 pm

    We are so very sorry for the loss of your dear children. Your family will be in our prayers. May God comfort you all.

  • Alexandra Castillo and Family Posted June 22, 2022 5:53 am

    Im sorry for your loss, hope you find strength and peace , you’ll be in my prayers 🙏🏻

  • Bryan and Holly Pearson Posted June 22, 2022 10:35 am

    Our son Rylan was a classmate, teammate and friend of Joe’s. We want to send our deepest condolences and prayers to the Tupper family. Not words can take away the pain that you all are going through. Please take solace in knowing we are with you and here for you for anything you need. May gods grace comfort you all during this horrible tragedy.

  • Connie & Steve Cinnamon Posted June 22, 2022 12:13 pm

    Stephanie and Zach: we mourn with you. As parents we deeply feel your grief.

  • Kathleen Burwell Posted June 22, 2022 12:26 pm

    I’ve known the paternal grandparents of Ali and Joe since college days. When I would visit with them they talked about their grandchildren with so much pride. Every Christmas Judy and Bob would send a collage of family pictures and a newsy letter regarding family happenings. It was clear that they loved and supported their children and grandchildren. This is a family who valued and embraced each other. Hearts are breaking. My hope is that the family can draw strength , comfort, and sustenance from fun memories made.

  • and Peg O’Dea Lippert Posted June 22, 2022 3:25 pm

    ;Al, and the little sister whom they loved…

  • George and Peg O’Dea Lippert Posted June 22, 2022 3:26 pm

    ;Al, and the little sister whom they loved…

  • Mary Lee Posted June 22, 2022 3:57 pm

    As Joe’s Math teacher last year, I can tell you that he was one of the smartest, kindest and most humble student I have ever taught. He will be sorely missed. Mary Lee

  • Greg Gage Posted June 22, 2022 8:32 pm

    There are no words. I am so very sorry Steph and family.

  • Leia Shalhoob Posted June 23, 2022 7:57 am

    My deepest sympathies to your family. I am Sam Shalhoob’s aunt and I have always heard great things about Joe. May God hold you in His hands during this difficult time. You are in my prayers.

  • Matt Vollmuth Posted June 23, 2022 10:06 am

    Tupper Family, so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers for you and your family in this very difficult time.

  • Kylie Gibbs Posted June 23, 2022 12:48 pm

    As a fellow SSM mom, I was blessed to have met Steph and her daughter, Ali. It was easy to see where Ali had learn to be friendly and caring. Though I had not met Joe, it is obvious he was the same smart and compassionate type of person. My hearts breaks for your tremendous loss and pray that you will feel God’s love surrounding your family.

  • Jim Avena Posted June 23, 2022 4:46 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss, I cannot begin to feel the grief you must be going through. I will keep your family in my prayers. ( Natalie Billig’s Father)

  • Beth Wood Posted June 23, 2022 9:14 pm

    I do not personally know your family but I am a mother. My heart has been hurting for your family. When someone is going through such pain and grief in our community, we all feel it. I have been in deep prayer for you all and we will continue to keep you in our daily prayers. May God’s love and peace surround you all during this very difficult time. Your children are beautiful souls and they are now in the loving arms of God. Hold on to God’s promise that you will be whole again.

  • Bob and Donna Mortensen Posted June 24, 2022 6:07 am

    Zach, Steph, Bob, and Judy,

    Donna and I want to send you our sympathies for the loss of your children and grandchildren. Our prayers and thoughts are with you today.

  • Shelly Aken Posted June 25, 2022 6:45 pm

    I do not personally know your family but I wanted to reach out and let you know that my prayers are with you so much during this time. I am SO very sorry for your loss! My heart is hurting with you. If anything, I can offer prayers and hope they will help you during this time. God bless your entire family!

  • Glea Hamik Posted June 26, 2022 5:12 pm

    Dear Steph, Zach and sweet Annabelle,
    We’ve been away and were just told of Ali and Joe’s tragic deaths. My heart is breaking for all of you. Just know that you are all in our prayers and thoughts . God bless you all. Dan and Glea Hamik

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