RICHMOND - Ruth Marvin Cuprak, 94, of Richmond, Maine, died October 22, 2018, after a brief illness. Born 1924 in Brooklyn, New York, Ruth was the younger daughter of Rev. Ernest James Marvin and Henrietta Meyer.
She graduated in 1944 with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut, where she met her husband Dr. Lucian J. Cuprak. While raising five children, she received her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Tufts University. During this time she also taught at Tufts’ Elliot-Pearson Children’s School.
As a specialist in early childhood education she held positions with the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh’s Falk School, University of Southern Maine, and Maine Head Start. She enjoyed the wide variety of people and communities she worked with, especially the three and four year olds.
A lifelong gardener, Ruth was a member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) since the 70s and continued to garden and care for her sheep into her nineties.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Lucian J. Cuprak, grandson, Kyle Kopet, and her sister, Mildred Randazzo.
She is survived by her children, Mary Kopet of Point Pleasant, New Jersey; Elizabeth Cuprak of Gardiner, Maine; Gregory Cuprak and wife Enie of Wilmington, Delaware; Dorothy Cuprak of Richmond, Maine; Alexander Cuprak and wife Rhonda of Burlington, Maine; grandchildren, Alexander Forsythe of Richmond, Maine; Jon and Chris Cuprak of Wilmington, Delaware; Sarah Huffman of Pennsylvania; three great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
A memorial is planned for the Spring.