Elsa Ursulina Kupetz, 91, life’s passion was her family

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Elsa Ursulina Kupetz
Elsa Ursulina Kupetz

Elsa Ursulina Kupetz, 91, of Virginia Beach, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, after a long struggle with progressive dementia.

She was born in Caimenera, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Oct. 13, 1925, the daughter of the late Blas and Josefa Ferreira. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Alexis Charles Kupetz, of Bedford Hills, N.Y.

Elsa’s lifetime passion was being with and taking care of her family. Left to cherish her precious memories include daughters, Joan Kupetz Pitts and Elsa “Susie” Welsh; sons, Alex John Kupetz Sr., Richard Charles Kupetz, John Joseph Kupetz and Robert Kupetz; and 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Elsa’s relatives and friends will always remember the sweet smile and kind words she shared with everyone she met. A more highly-respected Navy wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother does not exist. She will be sorely missed by family and friends alike.

Following the conclusion of World War II, Motor Mechanic First Class (MT1) Alexis Kupetz, was stationed at Naval Base Guantanamo Cuba, where he met the stunning beauty Elsa Ursulia Ferreira in 1948 and they were married April 30, 1949, thus beginning a love affair that lasted a lifetime.

After their marriage, they were transferred from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba to Naval Station Green Cove Springs, Fla., where their first son, Alex, was born and soon their first daughter, Joan, was born in Bethesda, Md. The family transferred to Norfolk, where their remaining three sons, Richard, John, Robert and daughter, Susie, were born. Elsa became the consummate Navy wife raising six children while her husband completed his 20-year, mostly on sea duty, Naval career.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel at 1457 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach, followed by interment with her husband, Alexis Charles Kupetz, in Virginia Beach at Princess Anne Memorial Park Cemetery. A local celebration of life for friends and family will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, Saturday, Nov. 19.

For those who would like to recognize her life in a more tangible way, a contribution to Catholic Charites in her name, at Catholic Charities USA.