Romaine Faye Littlefield Kupfer


(Jan. 3, 1924 - April 18, 2017)

Romaine Faye (Littlefield) Kupfer died April 18, 2017, in Powell. She was 93 years old.

Romaine was born Jan. 3, 1924, in Hampden Highlands, Maine. She was the only child of Carlton E. and Mazie (McLaughlin) Littlefield.

She was educated in public elementary school in Boston, and graduated from Deering High School in Portland, Maine. Romaine graduated from the University of Maine (Orono) in 1947 and the University of Missouri (Columbia) in 1949 with degrees in geology. From 1944 to 1946, she was enlisted in the U.S. Navy WAVES as an aerographer, stationed in Washington, D.C., Pensacola, Florida, and Oahu, Hawaii. She was on duty at Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet headquarters at Pearl Harbor, on VJ Day in August 1945.

She graduated from Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) in 1967 with a master’s of arts degree in geography and was employed as Assistant to the Director of Coastal Studies Institute at LSU until 1977 when she retired.

On June 7, 1952, she married Donald H. Kupfer PhD. in Washington, D.C. They both worked for the U.S. Geological Survey. They first moved to Claremont, California, where their two children, Madeleine and John, were born.

In 1955, the family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Don was a professor at LSU. In 1983 Romaine and Don bought a summer home in Canon City, Colorado, and made it their permanent residence in 1995. Then in 2002 they moved to Powell, to be near their daughter, Madeleine, son-in-law, Larry J. Van Epps, and grandchildren. Don died there in 2010.

Romaine was a member of Phi Mu National Sorority; AAUW, and University of Maine Foundation. In Baton Rouge, she was a member of Red Stick WAVES and Skimmers. At Canon City she joined the History Society, Geology Club, Fremont Center for the Arts, and Garden Park Paleo Society.

In Powell she joined SOS and the Rock Club. She was active in uncovering the genealogy of both hers and her husband’s family. After Don’s death, Romaine was well-taken care of by Madeleine, The Heartland, Powell Valley Care Center and many friends, including good friend Lynne Whitmore in Powell.

Romaine was preceded in death by her parents Carlton and Mazie Littlefield of Maine.

Survivors are children: John (Marie) Kupfer of Orange, California, Madeleine (Larry-deceased) Van Epps of Powell; grandchildren: Stephanie (Jacob) Johnson of Arden Hills, Minnesota, Heidi (Adeeb) Khan of Denver, Chase (Angela) of Portland, Oregon, and great-grandchildren: Maizy, Berkeley, Emery, and Ivy Johnson and Zia and Abram Khan.  Memorial services will be held Memorial Day weekend at Grace Point church in Powell.