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November 28, 2023

Marie Hunsucker Gorupic

Marie Hunsucker Gorupic

Marie Hunsucker Gorupic entered her eternal home with her Heavenly Father on May 9, 2023.

Born March 7, 1948, in Conover, to Dorothy Hunsucker Sanders and Robert Lee Hunsucker, Marie lived her life in the Hickory area. She made a living as a cosmetologist and beauty salon owner. Marie had a way of not only making people feel beautiful on the outside but on the inside, too.

As a child, Marie was a mischievous, yet loving, little girl and, as she grew, her fun-loving, yet compassionate, ways gained her countless friends. If there ever was a life of the party, it was Marie! She always kept her friends and family laughing hysterically with her dinner stories. They usually ended in her barely able to finish the story from laughing so hard.

Marie enjoyed traveling to various places throughout the world with her husband, Drago. She made friends with people from all walks of life and wherever she went. People were drawn to her bright eyes, dimpled smile, and quick wit.

However, her main source of joy in her life was her grandson, Alex Cole. The latter part of her life was spent raising Alex, whom she considered not only her son, in every sense of the word, but her gift from God. And she was his “Mama.” She always told him that they were “Movie Stars.”
Marie was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Hunsucker Sanders, and her father, Robert Lee Hunsucker.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of over 22 years, Drago Gorupic; daughter, Erica Leigh Dagenhart; grandson, Alex Cole Gorupic; sister, Linda Spencer; nephews, Shawn Spencer and Shane Spencer; niece, Leah Penninger (William); and grand-niece, Elli Penninger; and her countless friends.

A celebration of life will be at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, June 24, at 1 p.m., with a reception to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Marie’s memory to Safe Harbor of NC by visiting or New Beginnings of Hickory by visiting

Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the Gorupic Family.

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