Fund set up in memory of slain North Union Township dog lover
A woman who will be remembered for her quick laugh and good heart, Lisa Matheson Tupta will be sadly missed by all those whose lives she touched.
Tupta was known for her kindness and her quick smile, but she was best known for her love of her dogs, which were always by her side.
“She just loved those dogs,” friend Maria Swimmer of Uniontown said. “She always had them with her.”
Tupta died on Jan. 28 from stab wounds she suffered during an attack in her North Union Township home. Henry Crawford of North Union Township is charged with her murder.
To keep Tupta's memory alive while helping support the four-legged friends she so loved, Swimmer and other friends and family members decided to set up a memorial fund in her honor. They are asking people to donate to the Fayette Friends of Animals in Tupta's memory.
“I just felt that I wanted to do something,” Swimmer said. “I think that helping the animals at Fayette Friends of Animals is something that she would have appreciated.”
Fayette Friends of Animals is a no-kill shelter in Uniontown that takes in dogs and cats in hopes of finding homes for them.
“We place over 700 dogs and cats every year,” Fayette Friends of Animals board secretary Carol Majernik said. “We appreciate all of the support that we get.”
Terri Zidek, Fayette Friends of Animals board treasurer and volunteer, said the money donated in Tupta's memory will be greatly welcomed.
“We really appreciate when people do things like this for the shelter,” Zidek said, adding that the money donated at present is not set aside for anything special. “We'd like to meet possibly with some of her family to talk to them to see what their wishes are. We'd like to see if they have anything specific in mind.”
Zidek said that if a substantial amount of money is donated in Tupta's memory, then it may be used for one big project or used for general purposes at the shelter, but all funds will be of great value.
“I just felt that this can't be it, I just can't let this be the end,” Swimmer said. “I wanted somehow to keep her memory going, keep her memory alive.”
Swimmer said she hopes to be able to organize an annual walk for dog owners and their pets in Tupta's memory.
“If we have an event every year, then we can hold it in her memory and keep her memory going,” Swimmer said.
Checks can be mailed to Fayette Friends of Animals, P.O. Box 1282, Uniontown, PA 15401 and write “In memory of Lisa Matheson Tupta” in the memo line.
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Fayette woman wins $13M discrimination lawsuit
- Democratic sheriff candidates in Fayette spliton responsibility of office
- Connellsville community cleanup planned Saturday; volunteers needed
- Residents urged to volunteer in effort to scour Connellsville
- Convicted rapist from North Versailles misses appeal deadline
- Fayette County Crime Victims Center marking milestone
- Dawson church to present spring smorgasbord