Dawn (Sobek) Marie Kaupa
Date: Wednesday January 15, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]
A Prayer Service will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel.
Sunday, February 28, 1965
Date of Death:
Thursday, January 9, 2020
54 years old
Dawn (Sobek) Marie Kaupa
Dawn (Sobek) M. Kaupa – Rochester
Dawn Marie Kaupa, 54, of Rochester, MN passed Thursday, January 09, 2020 at St Marys Hospital after a short, hard fought battle with cancer. #F*ckcancer #cancersucks
Dawn was born February 28, 1965 in Rochester, MN to Marvin and Pat (James) Sobek. She graduated from Mayo High School in 1983. Dawn was married to Randall Steven Pike on April 29, 1989 and later divorced. She later remarried to Kent Miles Kaupa on August 1, 2006 in Sturgis and made their home in Rochester, MN.
Dawn made her career in culinary arts. Her passion for cooking started at St. Marys Hospital in 1981 which lasted 20 years and lead her to an executive chef position at Shorewood Senior Campus in Rochester until her passing. Dawn was involved in the SE Rochester Culinary Association, winning Chef of the Year in 2001. She also participated in food competitions and charity events, winning awards for her chili recipes and raising money with her German chocolate cakes.
Outside of work, Dawn enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, camping and riding motorcycle. Spending time with her grandchildren always brought a bright smile to her face. She had a huge heart for animals owning multiple dogs, many which were rescues.
Dawn is survived by her husband, Kent Kaupa; mother, Pat Sobek; brother, Jim Sobek; sons, Brandon (Jaime) Janzen and Tanner Pike; step daughters, Kayla Kaupa, Krista (Darell) Hogg and Kendra Kaupa; step daughters of prior marriage, Amanda (Anthony) McDew and Monica Pike; three grandchildren, Jayden, Madalynn and Blake.
She is proceeded in death by her father, Marvin Sobek and her brother, Jary Sobek.
A memorial gathering for Dawn will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, MN from 4:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. There will be a prayer service during the gathering beginning at 6:30p.m.
The family of Dawn (Sobek) Marie Kaupa has received the following condolences.
Because you loved me, you immediately loved Max and our fur babies, you loved my sons.. you loved them all because you loved me.
My dear beautiful friend, Dawn, you’re loving soul has and will forever be cherished and honored.
In a blink of an eye you closed your eyes to this world and opened them to your eternity... All the animals you’ve ever wanted are there for you to enjoy and play with, your loved ones of old, waiting for you and you’ll watch and wait for time to catch up to your other loved ones.
love you forever Charlotte and all my family x
Dawn and I grew up together. We both went to elementary, junior high, and high school together. So we’ve known each other for about a half century! She was one of the kindest hearted people I’ve ever known. I felt it a privilege to call her a friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kent and the rest of the family. May you find peace in knowing she is now pain free and she will continue to watch over all of you but just from a different view high above. She will be missed deeply by many so cherish the memories you were able to create with her and don’t ever stop talking about her. Rest In Peace my friend!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I worked with Dawn for several years in the kitchen at St. Mary’s. She taught me so much about cooking and I loved her spirit and loving heart. She’ll forever be remembered and cherished. Amy
So sorry for your loss. I had alot of close people pass away in December.
Dawn you will be so missed...You are my lovely friend.... From the day we met we hit it off we loved our chats, many putting the world to rights lol.
I just can't believe you have gone....But your presence will always be felt in my heart....You had so much more to do and was taken far too soon.
Keep looking over us...... God bless you lovely lady....
I wish I could be there in person to show my upmost respect I have for you.
All my love Kay (from England)
Kent and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. We wish we could be with you on this day, but know that you are in our hearts and prayers.
My thoughts are prayers are with the families of Dawn during this difficult time. May she fly high and rest easy.
Thinking and praying for the families & friends of Dawn & her fur babies. Sweet lady you will be missed by so many. Kent and family, keep your memories close, speak of her often, know there is peace ahead. For it matters not how much we own; the cars, the house, the cash, what matters is how we lived and loved; she DID just that! I will be there in spirit as you share memories & celebrate Dawn’s life. God Bless.