Monday, January 23, 2012

Charles Rupalo [Kazimierz Rupalla],1893-1976

Charles Rupalo [Kazimierz Rupalla], 1893-1976
  Charles Rupalo (Kazimierz Rupalla), son of John Rupalo and Mary Helmen, was born in Jaworzno, Galicia Province, Austria, 2 March 1893, during the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  He was raised in this area which later became part of independent southwest Poland.  He departed this life at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa on 28 December 28 1976: aged 83 years, 9 months and 26 days.   
  At the age of 19 he came to America, naturalized at Ellis Island on 12 December 1912.  He settled in Appanoose County Iowa and spent a majority of his life coal mining.  At the age of 52 he left the coal mines and began farming near Numa in Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, IA.   
  On 8 September 1918, he was united in marriage to Maggie Gorman, making their home near Diamond, Iowa. Upon his retirement from farming in 1966, they moved to Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa to make their home. 
  Besides his widow, he is survived by six children:  Mrs. Wanda McFarland (Cecil) of Longmont, Colo., Walter Rupalo (Donna) of Seymour, Wilbur Rupalo (Fern) of Centerville, Mrs. Louise Newby (Kenneth) of Donnellson, Mrs. Carolyn Inman (Wendell) of Corydon, and Mrs. Eleanor Ferren of Austin, Texas.  Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, one great grandchild, one nephew, and three nieces. 
  Funeral was Thursday, 30 December 1976  at the Liggett-Randolph Funeral home in Seymour with Rev. Louis Schaffner officiating.  Milton Albertson sang requested hymns, accompanied by Mrs. Iris Merritt.  Pallbearers were Harold McElvain, Dan Jones, Roger DeVore, Dr. A.W. Cooper, Roger Park and Stanley Cooper. Burial was in Southlawn Cemetery, Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa. 
Card Of Thanks
  The Charles Rupalo family wishes to express sincere thanks to friends and neighbors for food, flowers and expressions of sympathy in the recent death of our father, husband and grandfather. 
Family of Charles Rupalo
  Obituary of Charles Rupalo emailed to the editor of The Jerome Journal on 16 January 2012 by Lauretta Newby [], granddaughter, and edited by Bill Hawkins.

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