Mary Jane Kaufman

January 11, 1927 - April 9, 2021
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Mary Jane Kaufman, age 94, of Lima passed away Friday, April 9, 2021 at her residence. She was born January 11, 1927 in East Liverpool, Ohio to the late Ralph and Kathryn (Walter) Vess. She attended East Liverpool High School and the graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mary Jane then married the late Irving Kaufman on March 5, 1955. In addition to raising four children; Robin Kaufman of Lima, Kurt Kaufman of Lima, Peter Kaufman of Washington state and Phillip Kauffman of Texas; she had a passion to volunteer, teaching her love of art to the Kindergarten students at Faurot Elementary and swim lessons at the YMCA. She also volunteered at the American Association of University women’s book fair. She was a member of Shawnee Country Club and the Elks.

She was also blessed with 5 grandchildren – Justin Goare, Michelle Kaufman, Kristen Kaufman, Kory Kaufman, Ali Sipple; and 5 great grandchildren.

Special thanks to her care givers; Terri, Dorothy, Nicole, Pat, Eugenia, Carolyn, Brandy, Jeannie, Audrey and Veronica, who also help feed her meals provided by her daughter, Robin. And thanks to everyone, she was able to die peacefully in her home.

Following Mrs. Kaufman’s wishes there will be no public services. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Born: January 11, 1927
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Reverend Robert Dale Walter posted on 8/7/21

Dear family of Irv and Mary Jane. Also found that announcement of Mary Jane passing and am most sorrowful. As a child when she came home from collage I remember well her attention and love given at our Grandparents home Howard and Bertha Walter. We have talked through the years and enjoyed the blessings of memories of the past. As cousins we shared Grandparents and parents of brother Dale Stanley Walter and sister Katheryn Ann Walter Vess. She will be sorely missed.


Renee Pranses posted on 4/15/21

Robin, I am so sorry to hear of your moms' passing. She was such a great friend to my mom all these many years. I have so many fond memories of us as children, playing at one house or another and our moms. True and lifetime friends are a rare commodity, but they were fortunate to have both! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this tough time. Love, Renee


Terry Pranses posted on 4/15/21

To all the Kaufman children, my condolences on your loss. Your mother was a great friend to mine for many years. I'll never forget her interest in our family and in art and the bigger world. May many good thoughts continue.