Our dear Mom, affectionately known as Nana or Miss Connie, Constance Elfa Cupac of Merritt Island, Florida, passed away on the 27th of February 2023 at the age of 84 with family by her side.
Connie was an island girl. Born and raised in the beautiful island paradise of Antigua, WI; she joins her late parents, Lawrence and Eileen Gonsalves. She met our late dad, Daniel Ivan Cupac, while he was in the Navy stationed in Antigua. We are comforted imagining them, along with her late son, Larry Cupac, and other family members all holding hands and dancing once again in their forever paradise.
Connie is survived by her three children: Kathy Buthker, Dan Cupac, Carole Quintal, daughter-in-law Roberta Cupac, and son-in-law Clint Quintal of Merritt Island, Florida. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, her brothers- Gene and Larry Gonsalves, and many nieces and nephews.
Miss Connie was a pre-school teacher at Faith Lutheran in Merritt Island, Florida for 25+ years. In fact, if you had a garage sale between the years of 1990-2015 it is a good chance she was there “sailing” with her many grandchildren buying items for her classroom and everyone else! Miss Connie shared her love of children with Divine Mercy as well; she taught in the Rainbow Room for 15+ years. Miss Connie worked long days, but the amount of joy she received from all her children filled her heart.
Nana was the taxi driver, ice cream buyer, date night babysitter, gift giver, and love provider to her nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. She helped raise many of these said grandchildren without the blink of an eye. Nana’s unselfish daily gifts of her time, energy, and compassion to her grands were simply beautiful. BEST.NANA.EVER.
Mom was undeniably the best role model to have as a mother. She always put the family first, checked for our needs, and supported her four children in every way possible. She was our hero. Our rock. Our loving, devoted mother, and we were blessed to have her. We know mom is watching us from above and will protect us through the rest of our journey here until we all meet again in forever paradise.
Finally, Mom spent the last four years of her life at an Adult Family Home in Rockledge, Florida. Our family is forever grateful to RC and Karen Wilkes at Above The Mark Care. The absolute love, care, and kindness they provided comforted our entire family. We love you guys!
To all who ever loved her, worked with her, or called her a friend. Thank you. She loved you right back!
Church Service will be held at Divine Mercy Catholic Church on Saturday, March 25th at 1PM – open to the community
Celebration of Life for family will be held at Faith Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 25th 2:30-5:30
The family asks that people make donations in support of Alzheimer’s Research, in lieu of sending flowers.
Sasha and Lance’s wedding
I think this is top 3 favorite photos I've seen of her. Just living in her element xo
just found this while looking through her pictures
Our Queen Bee
January 2, 2023
Mom's Last Walk- Carole, Clint, Amaya, Barbara, and David (My beautiful in-laws)
May you find peace in paradise
I Love You
I, Carole, love you, Mom
Three words said daily
Yesterday, today, and all the tomorrows
Daughter, wife, Mom, Aunt, teacher, Coach
Watched you and took notes
Admired how unselfish you were
Miss holding your hand
Daughter, wife, Mom, Nana, Great- Nana, Aunt, teacher, Coach
Taught me many lessons
Gave everything to everyone
Held my hand
I, Carole, love you, Mom
The last three words you said daily
Until you could only speak with your eyes
I love you
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
Connie. A kind, loving, generous soul. She had this wonderful light inside her --you would hear her voice or see her or just think of her and break out into a grin. She looms large in my defining memory, showing by example how to pass kindness on. Words fail to adequately describe her kindness and inclusion: Rescuing me from boarding school on the weekends, coming to my H.S. graduation, the endearing teasings and easy-going jokes, making us "outside kids" feel like family, the heady 80s Antigua/Merritt Island 'limin' sessions with the Cupac Crew. She leaves behind one fond memory after another and sooo many fun stories...
Y'all had a righteous mom. God bless her forever.
Mrs. Cupac say no color and I loved her for that and she will be missed dearly.
We miss you Nana! ❤️
This was a beautiful day for a walk in Cocoa Village.
We do miss our walks so much.
This one too!!
I love this picture so much!
We miss you Nana! Xo
Auntie Elfa and Sean
And from what she saw in her life. For example, she saw a kid running with a pencil in her mouth and fell face down. You can picture it. Since then, I do not put anything with a point in my mouth like licking off a dinner knife .
She truly loves and cares for the welfare of all the children who were lucky to have her in their lives
RIP friend. I love you and will miss you always.
I took a photo of Connie and Kiki with Pat at Chorthip's Wedding on 7/5/2014
I have so many memories I never want to forget when it comes to Nana. But my favorite ones are the times that we would just spend the day with her. We would have McDonald’s or Burger King breakfast, watch her soap operas on your small tv in the car, feed squirrels, all of our commissary trips (especially when I got to pick out the snacks for her infamous snack closet) and especially our sleepovers! Chris and I are so grateful she got to spend time with Landon and Avery when they were little and they loved doing puzzles with her, coloring, reading, listening to her sing and playing with her nana bracelets. Her passion for teaching is what made me want to follow in her footsteps (which are big shoes to fill). I loved making all the kids jealous when I started working with her because she wasn’t just Miss. Connie to me, she was my Nana. I’m so thankful for Nana and how she always loved and accepted me no matter what awkward stage in life I was going through. She will forever be missed but her memories and love with forever live on. Love you forever Nana!
The best Nana ever❤️