Nancy Agnes Kaupa, 75, of Plainview, MN passed away peacefully on June 25, 2021 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN.
Nancy was born in Wabasha, MN on September 24, 1945 to Edward and Elvira (Mars) Passe. She met her best friend and love of her life Joe Kaupa when they were freshmen in high school while she was a lifeguard at the Wabasha Beach. After graduating from St. Felix High School in Wabasha, MN she completed cosmetology school in Minneapolis, MN. Joe and Nancy were married July 10, 1965 at St. Felix Catholic Church, in Wabasha. They spent the first few years of their marriage living on several Air Force bases and after having their first two children, they had to spend a year apart while Joe was deployed to Vietnam, and Nancy and the kids lived with her mother in Wabasha. In 1971 after Joe was honorably discharged from the Air Force they settled in Plainview where they raised their four children. In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Nancy was a daycare provider, foster parent, and insurance agent.
Nancy and Joe shared a love for fishing and she occassionally let him catch the biggest fish on their many trips to "The Lake" in central MN and at Caribou Falls Lodge in Northwest Ontario. Nancy was a member of the William Allen Post #179 Legion Auxillary, the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, and St Joachim's church in Plainview. Nancy attended several Vietnam Veteran Reunions with Joe and at the 2019 reunion she presented on her and her family's experience during Joe's Vietnam deployment.
Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Joe, four children: Scott (Vicki) Kaupa, Debra (Wes) Bruemmer, Amy (Tom) Petersen, Katie (Nate) Nolting, eight grandchildren: Joshua Kaupa, Tyler Kaupa (Aleisha Leonhardt), Brady Kaupa, Nicole (Eric) Viegut, Daniel Bruemmer (Gabby Rigden), John Petersen, Miles Nolting, and Kira Nolting, and four great granddaughters. She is survived by several siblings: Edward (Luci) Passe, Carol (Jim) Meyer, Fredrick (Alice) Passe, and brother- in law David Kaupa.
She was preceded in death by her father Edward Passe, mother Elvira Passe, mother-in-law Opal Kaupa, father-in-law Herbert Kaupa, and brother-in-law Kim Kaupa.
Funeral Mass is Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at St. Joachim’s Catholic Church in Plainview with Father William Becker officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joachim Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday, 5-8 pm at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview is assisting the family with arrangements.
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