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Regina Dupuy


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Regina Dupuy Obituary
November 24, 1921 - November 11, 2017 At dawn on Nov 11, Regina Dupuy died peacefully in her sleep. She leaves behind daughter Elizabeth, son Marc, grandsons Lincoln & Preston Mendell and Marc Anthony Dupuy, sons-in-law Gary Mendell and Paco Serus and daughter-in-law Cathy Dupuy. Born Nov 24, 1921 in Glembokie Poland (now Lithuania), Regina was the eldest child of Jan and Elizabeth Lazarz. She had two brothers: Ludomir and Waldemar. Her father was a forester and her mother a seamstress. Regina was educated by the Sisters of Nazareth, but her schooling was stopped short when Russia invaded the eastern part of Poland during WWII. Along with hundreds of thousands of Poles, she and her family were loaded into boxcars and sent to a labor camp in Siberia. Regina's WWII saga involved working as a lumberjack, being tried for sabotage in a Russian court, nearly dying of pneumonia (which claimed her brother Waldemar), and ultimately figuring out how to escape their situation. After another long train ride, the family made it to Kazakhstan. Subsequent to the Sikorski-Mayski agreement in the summer of '41 and re-formation of the Polish Army there, Polish refugees settled in the area. Disease took many lives; Regina and her surviving brother Mirek almost died from typhoid fever. The family continued their quest to leave the Soviet Republics and in the fall of '41 crossed the Caspian Sea to Tehran. It took time for Mirek to regain his strength after sickness and malnourishment. Everyone found jobs to make ends meet. In Iran, Regina's daughter Danouta was born (deceased Feb 2017), but the family was separated when Regina, her brother and parents moved to Lebanon, from which Regina emigrated to the United States in 1945. When she arrived in America Regina spoke not one word of English, but took it upon herself to learn. Within a month of arriving in NY, she got a job as a nanny. She later worked at Montgomery Ward, sewed dresses in a bridal shop, served as a translator at the U.N., and ultimately landed her dream job as a typist at Dodge Corp. in NYC. At work and at the Salvation Army's Evangeline Home for Women in Greenwich Village, she made life-long friends. At the same time Regina got the wheels rolling for having her family join her in the US. When her brother Mirek, known as "Lou", was awarded a scholarship to attend Columbia University, the rest of the family emigrated with him from England (where they had moved after Lebanon). They settled in Elmhurst, Queens. Regina and her father worked, Lou went to school and her mother tended house. In March 1955 Regina met the love of her life, Pierre Dupuy, a postwar émigré himself, from France. It was love at first sight for both of them and they married in June. Lou had already moved out, so Pierre moved in with his wife and in-laws. Regina and Pierre started a family with Liz arriving in '57 and Marc in '59. The extended family moved to the suburbs in '61 and lived in N White Plains, NY. Regina was a wonderful mother who put her family above all else. Her cooking and baking skills were outstanding. She loved entertaining and telling stories, but was not content to be a stay-at-home mom. After a stint as a highly successful Avon Sales Rep in the 60s, she sought work again as a typist. She worked for Georg Jensen for several years before taking a job with Kemper Insurance. Regina retired in 1986. She cared for her mom at home until her mother died in 1990 (her father passed in 1969). From then on, Pierre and Regina lived a quiet life. Their marriage remained strong for 58 years until Pierre passed away in 2013. In the last two years of her life, Regina lived in California, where she had moved to be near her daughter. Although wheelchair bound, she was in remarkably good health and spirits for most of that time. Regina Dupuy's rich and full life of nearly 96 years will be celebrated Mon, Nov 20 at the Sisters of St. Louis Chapel in Woodland Hills. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her honor to either of two educational causes which were near and dear to her: (girl's school) Kupper Memorial Fund https://www.louisvillehs.org/page/giving/ways-to-give or (music education) www.soundartla.org
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 18, 2017
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