Carolyn May Kupersmith


Carolyn (Kanaga) Kupersmith, 56, left us July 8, 2010. She was the daughter of Clinton and Nina Kanaga. Carolyn attended Border Star Grade School and Southwest High School, where she was an honor student and president of the Tri Hi Y. She attended the University of Kansas and was in the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, where she was president of her pledge class. She graduated with a degree as an occupational therapist (OT), and served in a hospital in Hawaii. She married Michael Chappell, and they moved to Clemson, South Carolina, where she first worked as an OT for the school district. They divorced, and she returned to Kansas City, Mo. Later she married V. Stephen Kupersmith.

Carolyn was an incredibly loving and devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend and will be dearly missed. When she faced adversity, she lived with courage and grace, without complaint. Her kindness and selflessness was evident to everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her mother; her husband; brothers Stephen C. Kanaga, Eugene, Ore., and William G. Kanaga (Joan), Prairie Village, Kan.; nephews Ross and David of Eugene, Ore., and Jonathan and niece Sarah; all Kanagas, and several cousins. A memorial service will be held at Village Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, July 13, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception and private burial. In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations to ReDiscover or the charity of your choice


  1. Jack Rush on July 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Your family has the thoughts and prayers of the Jack Rush family during this difficult time.

  2. Tom Smith on July 12, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Dear Friends ~ You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord bring his peace and grace to each one of you, and provide for your every need. We celebrate the freedom and joy that Carolyn walks in today, and look forward to that same hope.

    In Christ’s peace,
    Tom, Diane, Austin and Kristen Smith
    and the staff of Vineyard Church of Overland Park

  3. Dedei Scislowicz on July 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm


    May God give you everything you need to make it through this most difficult time. You and Carolyn’s family will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

    Dedei Scislowicz

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