Ruth E. Kaufman, 83, Defiance, died at 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at the Vancrest Healthcare Center of Holgate, Ohio.
She was born December 25, 1929, in Delphos, Ohio, to Arnold and Florence (Gerdeman) Reindel. On June 16, 1954, she married Robert B. Kaufman, who preceded her in death. Ruth graduated with the class of 1948 from the Middlepoint, Ohio, High School. Ruth worked for 25 years at the Defiance Junior High School cafeteria, retiring in 1990. Both students and teachers alike were fond of Ruth's cheerful attitude and many acts of kindness.
She was a member of VFW Post 3360 Ladies Auxiliary and the St. Mary Catholic Church Altar Society. She also volunteered over the years at the Good Samaritan School as well as with the DASH organization, both of Defiance
She is survived by three sons, Dennis Kaufman, of Defiance, David (Tara) Kaufman, of Defiance and Douglas (Staci) Kaufman, of Defiance; a sister, Eilene Holdgreve, Delphos, Ohio; a brother, Melvin (Jane) Reindel, Middlepoint, Ohio; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Norma Warneke.
Visitation will be today from 2-8 p.m. at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance. A rosary wake service will be held this evening at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Defiance, with Father Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Suggested memorials are to St. Mary Catholic Church or to DASH of Defiance. Condolences to the family may be left at www.defiancefuneralhome.com.