Dorothy Hobson Coupe, 92, of Eagle Point, OR, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Dot’s family has lost the last Winchell/Hobson family member of The Greatest Generation.
Dot was born in Southington, CT on June 20, 1920, on the property that is now the Southington Country Club. She lived there with her parents and five brothers and sister until she met her husband of 64 years, Stephen G. Coupe. Theirs was a love affair from beginning to end and we are confident that Steve and Dot’s love continues on the other side. Dot was a perfect military wife, supporting her husband, setting up household in sparse foreign places and participating in the fun things that soldiers love: shooting, travel and road rallies! She was awarded the Artillery Order of Molly Pitcher in recognition of her volunteerism of the improvement of the United States Field Artillery community.
Shortly before Dot and Steve married on August 22, 1942, Steve became a career soldier. Steve was a member of the legendary 1st Infantry Division and the 7th Field Artillery. He was part of the invasion of North Africa in Nov. 1942, the invasion of Sicily, landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and the bloody Hertgen Forest. During this time, Dot worked for the International Silver Company in Meriden, Connecticut and prayed for his safe return.
Dot and Steve were reunited after the war and spent a few years on a honeymoon, riding motorcycles and enjoying New England while Steve studied aircraft maintenance, became a pilot, and joined the Connecticut National Guard. From 1946 to 1950, three children were born and in 1952 Steve was sent to a forward fighter air base in Korea for a year. This was a very difficult time for Dot but she endured. When Steve returned from Korea, they embarked on their military life bringing up the kids in the most adventurous life imaginable including two tours in France, one in Minot, ND and ten months in Tucson, AZ. In 1967, after twenty-eight years of military service, Dot and Steve retired to Granby, Connecticut, where Dot worked as a kindergarten aide and was active the community and in the First Congregational Church of Granby. For many years, Steve served as the honorary Grand Marshall of the Granby Memorial Day Parade. To honor his beloved Dot, he would march to the exact place where she was standing, stop the entire parade, turn, snap to attention and salute her while she stood and smiled.
In 1973 they moved to Dover, Delaware, where they were active in target shooting with the Bridgeville Rifle and Pistol Club, camping with the Kent Kampers, and bowling with the Milford Senior Bowling League. They volunteered at the Dover AFB hospital, participated in the Disabled Citizens Bowling League and many church activities at the Magnolia United Methodist Church and contributed to the Air Mobility Command Museum adjacent to the Dover AFB.
Soon after Steve passed away in 2005, Dot moved to Eagle Point to live with her daughter Sharon. Dot loved Oregon and became active in hiking (even to the top of Table Rock at the age of 87), bingo at the Senior Center, Women’s Club luncheons and activities and solving ever-present crossword puzzles. Dot most recently lived in the wonderful, loving care of Chris Magel of the Magel Adult Foster Home. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Chris and the caregivers who cared for Mommy and kept her safe and happy while enduring her wicked sense of humor! During Dot’s final days, Asante Hospice Service was incredibly supportive and tended to our every need. Thank you so much to those wonderful folks.
Dorothy is survived by her three children and their partners, Gordon Coupe (Rebecca), Peter Coupe (Donna Fisher) and Sharon Coupe (Jim Kay); five grandchildren, Julie (Bob Adamson), Michael (Chelsea Heller), Katherine Coupe (Greg Capps), Sarah Coupe, and Anita Coupe Molina; and two great-grandsons, Xavier and Lucas Molina, and very special family members who they loved always: Arlene Coupe and Lynn Louison. Daddy and Mommy will be missed terribly but their love endures through all the people whose lives they touched – most especially their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dot will join her beloved Steve in eternal rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC. Arrangements Funeral Alternatives