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Mayme W. Kupka, 91

April 11, 2014
Traer Star-Clipper

Mayme Wilmena Kupka was born on March 9, 1923, in Mix County, South Dakota, the daughter of John and Hermina Wirstlin. When Mayme was two weeks old, her mother died. She grew up in Haven, Iowa, and was raised by her aunt and uncle, George and Tina Wirstlin, whom she called mom and dad. Mayme attended Haven School until the 8th Grade. She then worked part time at the Haven store and helped on the family farm. On September 23, 1948, Mayme was united in marriage to Alferd Kupka at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chelsea, Iowa. Mayme then farmed with her husband and raised their three children. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Traer and enjoyed sewing, tatting, knitting, crocheting, fishing and gardening. She also loved flowers, especially the fern leaf peony. While growing up, Mayme was taught that there is nothing more important than family. Mayme died at the age of 91 on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Raymond Spotts; and three sisters, Edna Williams, Louisa Glantz and Maxine Cibula. Mayme is survived by a daughter, Judy (Duke) Anderson on Indianapolis, Indiana; two sons, George (Colleen) Kupka of Great Falls, Montana and Jim (Marcia) Kupka of Clutier; a sister, Catherine Wirstlin of Armour, South Dakota; six grandchildren, Caleb (Teri) Anderson, Julie (Erik) Anderson, Ron (Andrea) Fox, Jacquelynn (Jared) Wichman, Michelle (Rob) Ratliff and Lynn (Troy) Graham; ten great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

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