Filomena “Fay” Tupa, age 98, of Hutchinson, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Assumption Home in Cold Spring, Minnesota.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson with interment in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2018, two hours prior to the service ALL AT CHURCH.
Filomena “Fay” Connie Tupa was born on August 6, 1919, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of Biagio John and Marie Antionette (Lanza) Sarno. Fay was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in the Catholic faith as a youth. She received her education in Brooklyn and was a graduate of the Brooklyn High School Class. Following High School she attended a vocational sewing program sponsored by the Work Progress Administration (WPA) and upon completion began work as a seamstress at fashionable shops in the Lower Manhattan Garment District.
During the later years of WWII she met Levi Tupa who was serving active duty in the US Coast Guard, stationed at Manhattan Beach. On February18, 1945, Fay was united in marriage to Levi Tupa in Brooklyn, New York. With the end of WWII Fay and Levi returned to the Tupa family farm north of Hutchinson. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Michael, Phyllis and Steven. Fay and Levi shared 47 years of a loving marriage until Levi passed away in 1992.
Her early married years were filled with being a busy mother and housewife. Later she worked as a bookkeeper at McDonalds Mobile Homes and after retirement in 2001 worked at the Sewing Basket in downtown Hutchinson. She also did alterations in her home for many years. She was a member of Hutchinson Hospital Auxiliary and the SunShine Ladies Club. She was an active member of the Altar and Rosary society at St. Anastasia’s Catholic Church.
Fay enjoyed her quiet time with a good book. She loved to exercise and take long walks. She also enjoyed volunteering at Hutchinson Hospital and was an avid member of the Hospital Auxiliary. She also volunteered at Burns Manor and wherever there was a need to help out. Fay especially cherished her time with her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends.
When Fay needed assistance with her daily care she became a resident at The Oaks in Hutchinson and later moved to Assumption Home in Cold Spring to be near her daughter. She was dearly loved by staff there and until a couple weeks before her death participated in crafts, exercise, church, busy bees, helping hands and as many activities as she was able. She passed away peacefully with family by her side on March 11, 2018, at the age of 98 years. She is dearly missed by many. Besides being a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother she was a wonderful friend to many.
Fay will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Blessed be her memory.
Fay is survived by her:
Children, Michael Tupa, wife Becky and son Joshua of Fort Collins, CO,
Phyllis Bruneau and her husband, Joseph of Cold Spring, MN,
Steven Tupa, wife, Katherine of Dassel, MN, sons Jeremy, wife Nicole, Adam, wife Sarah and Andrew
Great Grand Children, Anthony, Joseph and Vincent (parents Jeremy and Nicole Tupa)
Melody, Izak, Brody, Logan (parents Adam and Sarah Tupa).
Fay is preceded in death by her: Parents, Biagio and Marie Sarno; Husband, Levi Theodore Tupa; Sisters, Christine DiSlavio, Terry Cirfrone, Ann Pinc, Rose Hefferman, Connie Cortese, and Mildred Beckinella; Brothers, Thomas Sarno, and Nick Sarno.