PLAINS TWP. — On May 28, 2014, this world lost a gentle, generous and kind man. John Joseph Kupstas, 80, of the Hudson section of Plains Township, passed unexpectedly surrounded by his family at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
Born in Edwardsville on May 15, 1934, he was a son of John A. and Nellie H. Straigis Kupstas. John's family moved to the Heights section of Wilkes-Barre at a young age to operate the Kupstas Market. John helped out with his parents' business while attaining an education from local schools. John was a graduate of the Plains Memorial High School, class of 1952.
After graduation, John worked at Gort's Factory until 1954, when he joined the U.S. Army. He served his country during the Korean Conflict. After returning home, he married the former Elizabeth Macosky in 1957. Together, they moved to Metuchen, New Jersey, where John worked for the Ford Motor Co. assembling vehicles. After a few years, John and Elizabeth returned to Hudson to succeed the Kupstas Market in 1964.
John became known as one of the greatest butchers around, not to mention the "kielbasa-making king of Hudson." John operated his store with his wife at his side for 32 more years until 1996, when he retired.
In his retirement, John was a funeral assistant at the Yanaitis Funeral Home for many years. A funeral did not run smoothly if John was not there to get things ready. He was truly one of the best men to have standing beside you.
John was a member of St. Joseph Church, Hudson, until the church's closure; a current member of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township; a past member and board member of the Economy Stores Association and a member of the Joseph E. Conlon, Post 558, American Legion, the Hudson Servicemen Club and the Shuffle Board League.
Most of all, John loved spending time with his family. Whether it was going hunting or fishing with the grandkids or taking a trip to Niagara Falls, John loved to be surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. During this time he would mesmerize you with one of his stories of past adventures. These are the treasures that he has passed on.
John was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Nestorick.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth, at home; daughters, Janet DiMaria and her husband, Thomas, Swoyersville, and Susan Kalnoskas, Dalton; sister, Dianna Kupstas, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Tom "T.J." and Jennifer DiMaria, and Russell Kalnoskas; along with several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Kupstas's funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from the Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., 55 Stark St., Plains Township. John's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township. Mass will be officiated by the Rev. John Boyle. Interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army and the American Legion, Post 558. Friends and family may call 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the Kupstas family would like memorial donations to be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Donation forms will be available at the funeral home.
Condolences to the family and directions to John's service can be found at www.yanaitisfuneralhome.com.