Mary Jane Kaufman

Mary Jane Kaufman, 86, of Tripoli, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at Tripoli Nursing & Rehab in Tripoli, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church in Frederika with Rev. Dale Halverson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. Friends may call for one hour preceding services at the church on Tuesday. Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli is assisting Mary Jane’s family. 

Mary Jane Kaufman, daughter of Charles and Bernice O’Connell Kaufman, was born December 3, 1927, in Waucoma, Iowa. She attended school in Waucoma in her early years. Following her father’s death and her mother’s marriage to Ed Barbknecht, Mary Jane made her home with her mother and stepfather in Frederika. She helped around the house and also helped Bernice and Ed with their paper hanging business. After Ed’s death in 1975, Mary Jane and her mother continued to live in Frederika until entering the Bremer County Care Facility (The Larrabee Center). Mary Jane moved from the Larrabee Center to Larrabee Center's supported community living services in Waverly in August of 1999, and entered the Tripoli Nursing Home in August of 2003.

Her survivors include cousins, Wilma Timmerman of Tripoli, Helen Schumacher of Denver, Catherine Burns of Ames, Sharon Phillips of Midland, Michigan, Dean O’Connell of Tripoli, and other cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, and aunts and uncles.


Nancy Mueller Bonorden on March 26, 2014 at 9:04 AM said:

Sad to read of Mary Jane's passing. I have so so many memories as a child of our families getting together for birthday celebrations, fishing together down at the river in Frederika, or just getting together for visits. I visited Mary Jane on a number occasions when in Tripoli, she always had something to visit about, she was a special person to me. My thoughts are with you all.
Mary Lou Murphy on March 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM said:

O'Connell Cousins,

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers are being said for all of you. May God Bless you.

Mary Lou Murphy

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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