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Kathleen Kauffman

1939 - 2018

Kathleen M. “Kip” Kauffman age 78 of Grand Lake
passed away unexpectedly on May 26, 2018 at
MidMichigan Medical Center,

She was born May 27, 1939 in Rogers City
to Lester and Mary (Kowalski) Bannon.

Kip graduated from Rogers City High School in 1957. She received her
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Central Michigan
University in 1961. On August 5, 1961 she married Russell J, Kauffman
a St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Rogers City, Kip taught elementary
school down state until she and Russ started their family. She was asked
by St. Michael Catholic School in Livonia to develop their Kindergarten
program, She taught that program until her retirement eight years later,
She and Russ moved to Grand Lake in 2003. She has been the president
of the Grand Lake Association since 2005, She was active in the
Presque Isle Community working in the Homestead Gift Shop,
volunteering at the Light Houses, God Loves You Food Bank, and
whereever she saw a need. Kip received the Citizen of the Year award
from Presque Isle Township for 2017.

Kip is survived by her husband, Russell; 4 children; daughter, Sally
Schmidt and husband Tom, their daughters, Allison and Sarah; daughter,
Leslie Myers and her daughters, Emily and Emily’s son Andrew, Gina and
Ruby; daughter, Katie Rags and husband David, their son Russell; son,
John Kauffman and his daughter Rook; also survived by 2 brothers, Jerry
Bannon and his wife Elberta; Jim Bannon and his wife Jackie;
brother-in-law, Bob Selke.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Mary; and her sister,
Janice Selke.

Friends may visit at St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Tuesday, June Sth
from 9:00 a.m, until time of her Memorial Mass at 10:00 a.m, with
Fr, James Fitzpatrick officiating,

Burial will follow at the Presque Isle Township Cemetery,

In licu of flowers, memorials may be given to a charity of your choice in
memory of Kathleen “Kip” Kauffman.

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