WILLIAM KALUPANOV, A Man of Many Names and Many Talents



























On August 31st, 2019, William Kalupanov, “Bill,” passed away at 82 after a long illness. Bill was a lifelong resident of the Homestead/Munhall area, though he and his wonderful wife of 54 years, Peg, travelled to many places (all 50 states and many countries in Europe).  Father of three and grandfather of two, Bill graduated from Homestead High School and then California University of PA in Industrial Arts.  He served in the army then taught at Steel Valley High School for 26 years where he was known as “Mr. Kal.”  Bill simultaneously worked for the Union Railroad for 33 years.  He didn’t need much sleep. 


His talents and passions included woodworking, building, photography, printing and designing posters, gardening, cooking, the stock market, the Strip District, jazz at MCG, the Speakers Series at Heinz Hall, and, of course, growing orchids.  He was a Life Time Member of the OSWP, serving as Co-President (2002 – 2003).


We knew Bill as a person with a great sense of humor (He would answer to “Stash.”), work ethic and a wonderful, caring spirit.  He was the chief chef for our annual orchid show for several years, plus provided the baked ham for our holiday parties.  Bill also revised and printed our membership books, show posters and bookmark for many, many years.  Today we still benefit from his expertise and connections through Donna, his former student and longtime friend, who does most of our OSWP printing.


By whatever name we knew him:  William, Bill, Mr. Kal or Stash, he will always have a place in our hearts.  Our deepest sympathy to Peg and his family.

AUTUMN COLBY, Small Town Girl Who Traveled the World

Longtime member of the OSWP (pre-1970), Autumn Colby passed away on July 5, 2019.  Originally from Corry, PA, Autumn had her masters degree in pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh and worked at Mellon Institute  (1944-1958) then Gulf Research (1958-1986).


Autumn and her roommate and lifelong partner, Catherine Pellkofer, who passed many years ago, were vital and active members of the OSWP.  They were great cooks and hostesses.  Besides orchids, their overriding passion was world travel, especially to exotic places.  Some examples:  Trans Siberian railroad trip across what was then the Soviet Union; boating down the Amazon; a safari in Africa; a road trip in their car across the U.S. and Canada then thru the dirt and gravel roads of Alaska; an expedition thru South American to Antarctica and an “Around the World” cruise.


After losing Catherine, Autumn stayed in Pittsburgh for several years then moved to a retirement community in Greenville to be nearer family.  She cared for the orchids in her new home and was very involved and active in her church community and, at the age of 96, was serving as an Elder of her congregation.  Autumn had an amazing and caring spirit with a great sense of humor and wonderful sense of adventure.  She is an inspiration to us all and will be missed.

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