Katherine Lucille Kauffman

June 01, 1913 ‒ May 25, 2009

Ontario, Ohio

ONTARIO~ There’s an old adage about the true success of a man: “behind every strong man, is a strong wife.” Katherine Lucille Kauffman was just such a woman. Not much of a joiner, Katherine preferred to be in the background, quiet, ensuring her husband was the renown and popular one. Yet her work ethic, strong support and superior motherhood skills ensured their success together.

Katherine passed away Monday morning May 25, 2009 in Mifflin Care Center.

Born June 1, 1913 in Lexington, she was the third of six daughters of Calvin and Mary (Laughlin) Stiffler, and was a 1931 graduate of Lexington High School. She was married to Norman N. Kauffman on November 17, 1934, and together they remained lifelong area residents on the five-acre Lexington-Springmill homestead, so well known to area residents as The Kauffman Place.

Alongside Norman, Katherine operated Kauffman & Sons Slaughterhouse for more than 35 years, and raised five children with love and patience.

An active member of Ontario United Methodist Church, her appreciation for music…playing the organ and humming or singing her favorite hymns…reminded others of her faith. Katherine read voraciously. She read historical romances and inspirational works, but her well-worn Bible proved the hundreds of times she had read through the scriptures.

Her hands were always busy sewing, crocheting or gardening, but she preferred to hold a fishing rod, especially at their cabin on Middle Bass Island.

She is survived by five children and their spouses Wayne & Pat Kauffman of Madison, FL, Mary & Lowell Hamilton of Bokelia, FL, Melissa & Ralph “Bud” Morrow of Live Oak, FL, Norma Poalson of Akron and Mike & Sherri Kauffman of Ontario; 16 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; a sister Mildred Creighton of Tucson, AZ and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her husband Norman preceded her in death in 1991. Also deceased are three grandchildren; and her sisters Ruth Ibe, Naomi Crone Elliott, Helen Vogel and Viola Windbigler.

Her graveside funeral service will be held today, Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 3 p.m. in Lexington Cemetery. The Rev. David E. Case, Jr. will officiate. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.

The Kauffman Family suggests memorial contributions be made to Ontario United Methodist Church, 3540 Park Avenue West, Mansfield 44906.

Condolences may be made to the Kauffman Family online by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com