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Ruth B. Kaufmann, 89, died early Tuesday morning, Nov. 7, at Greencroft Healthcare.
She was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Albany, Oregon, to Joe A. and Sarah (Kenagy) Birky.
On May 8, 1965, she married William H. Kaufmann in Elkhart. He died Sept. 13, 2006.
Survivors include three children, Karen (David) Kieper, Goshen, Elaine (Tim) Martin, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Eric (Cynthia Good) Kaufmann, Goshen; three stepchildren, Beth (Albert) Schlabach, Leesburg, Virginia, Alice (Steve) Slabach, Goshen, and William (Bonita Martin) Kaufmann, Jr., Loris, South Carolina; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Luke Birky and Wilbur (Fanni) Birky, both of Goshen.
Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Minerva Kropf and Lela Birky, and a brother, Eldon Birky.
Ruth was a member of College Mennonite Church and former member of Willow Springs Mennonite Church, Tiskilwa, Illinois, where she worked as a secretary. She also worked for the Illinois Mennonite Conference, Mennonite Board of Missions and the Mennonite Hour radio program.
Visitation will be Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Gathering Room at College Mennonite Church prior to the 11:30 a.m. funeral service in the sanctuary.
Burial will be at Willow Springs Mennonite Church Cemetery, Tiskilwa, Illinois.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Mennonite Mission Network or a charity of the donor's choice.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 7, 2017
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