Martha Courpas, 93, homemaker, cafe owner

November 04, 2003

Martha Courpas, a homemaker and former Hampden resident, died of heart failure and kidney disease Thursday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 93.

Born and raised in Kymi, Greece, Martha Anthis immigrated in 1928 to Providence, R.I., with her twin sister.

They moved to New York City, where she took a job decorating hats. She met and married Evangelos C. Courpas, who also grew up in Kymi, in 1929.

The couple moved to Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood, where they purchased and operated the El Paso Cafe on 36th Street for 31 years. After retiring in 1960, they returned to Kymi, where Mr. Courpas died in 1965.

Mrs. Courpas remained in Greece until 1984, when she returned to Baltimore after suffering a stroke. She continued to visit Greece each summer until 2001.

Mrs. Courpas enjoyed entertaining Greek seamen and navy officers in her home when their ships called at the port of Baltimore. She also enjoyed crocheting decorative centerpieces, scarves, valences, bedspreads, blankets and place mats, and crocheted hats for newborn babies that were distributed in area hospitals.

She lived for many years at the home of a son in Phoenix and was active in the Jacksonville and Cockeysville senior citizens centers.

Mrs. Courpas was a member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation.

Services were held Saturday.

Mrs. Courpas is survived by two sons, Constantine A. Courpas of Phoenix and William A. Courpas of Ormond Beach, Fla.; her twin sister, America Hagis of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Another son, Pete A. Courpas, died in 1965.

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