Margaret Evelyn Cupery, age 91 of Randolph, went to her heavenly home on January 8, 2013 at Golden Living Center – Continental Manor. A celebration service of Margaret’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013 at First Reformed Church, 107 E. Winnebago Street, Friesland with Pastor Randy Quade officiating. Burial will follow in the Friesland Cemetery. Margaret’s family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday in the family center of the church from 4 – 8 p.m., and on Friday in the foyer beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated for the Randolph Christian School, 457 Second Street, Randolph, WI 53956.
Margaret was born on August 25, 1921 in the Town of Randolph, the daughter of Sam and Martha (Dykstra) Smits. After graduating from Randolph High School, she attended Columbia County Normal School and obtained her teaching degree. She taught at area country schools for three years and on September 23, 1943 married Gerben Cupery. They were engaged in farming near Randolph and retired in 1969, moving to the village of Randolph. Dedicating herself first to her family, Margaret took on a teaching position at the Randolph Christian School and continued teaching for thirty-three years. Margaret was a caring, patient, understanding person with a heart for students and following her retirement, she volunteered at the Christian School for ten years. Margaret was a cook at the Continental Manor for a number of years, where her gentle nature was a blessing to both residents and staff. Margaret was a lifelong member of Friesland Reformed Church where she taught adult Sunday School, was active with Vacation Bible School, belonged to the Dorcas Society, and Women’s Missionary Society. Margaret enjoyed working puzzles, playing scrabble, and was an avid reader. She loved visits from her family and friends. She really enjoyed visits from the younger family members and loved their gifts of art. Visit from the nurses and nurse’s aides were always appreciated.
Margaret is survived by three children: Mary (Walter) Wiersma, Friesland, Robert Cupery, and fiance Pat Pahl, Randolph, Doris (Terry) Navis, Hilton Head, S.C., seven grandchildren, Randy (Jenny) Wiersma, Marsha (Randy) DeVries, Wally Gerb (Melanie) Wiersma, Brian (Deb) Cupery, Brad (Nancy) Cupery, Jacie (Mike) Sardilli, Chad (Michelle) Navis, seventeen great-grandchildren, two sisters: Bernice Visser, Waupun, Beverly (Dick) Vander Voet, Mt. Vernon, WA, four brothers: Ronald (Betty) Smits, TX, John (Marilyn) Smits, Waupun, Kenneth (Ellen) Smits, Cambria, Glen (Donna) Smits, Randolph, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gerben in 1976, her daughter-in-law Sue Cupery in 1989, a sister, Kathryn Treptow, and brothers-in-law, Earl Treptow and John Visser.
Randolph Community Funeral Home is serving the family.