Katherine Joan (Harder) Kaufman, 84, of Winfield, passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at Winfield Senior Living Community with her family at her side.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the First United Methodist Church of Winfield.
Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to services at the church. Private burial will take place at Highland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Mennonite Central Committee of North Newton (a relief, service and peace agency). Contributions can be left in care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield.
Joan was born Jan. 29, 1935, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Menno and Katherine (Wiens) Harder. She was raised in North Newton while her father taught at Bethel College, and graduated from Newton High School in 1951. While attending classes at Bethel, Joan married the love of her life, Leland R. Kaufman, in 1953. They were married 66 years. The couple lived brief stints in Denver, North Newton, Lawrence and Kansas City in the late ’50s and early ’60s while Leland finished his undergraduate and medical school degrees. They moved to Winfield in 1962, where Leland started his family practice. There they raised their five children and became active in the community in a variety of ways.
Joan co-owned and operated The Hanger and The Wardrobe clothing stores for a number of years. She served on the Winfield Chamber of Commerce Board and was on the USD 465 Board of Education. She was also chairwoman of the “Mothers for a New School” campaign to replace the deteriorating downtown high school. She was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where she served on numerous boards and committees through the years and enjoyed going to the weekly prayer and study groups.
Throughout her life, her absolute pride and joy was being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Family meant everything to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Christian Kaufman.
Joan is survived by her husband, Leland R. Kaufman M.D.; children, David Kaufman (Pamela), of Burden, Tony Kaufman (Rene), of Lawrence, Kathy Martin (Michael), of Chanute, and Patrick Kaufman (Kathleen), of Overland Park; daughter-in-law, Jane (Liermann) Kaufman, of Winfield; grandchildren, John Kaufman (Kiersten), Caroline Golay (Nathan), Alex Doyle (James), Annie Kaufman, Jake Kaufman, Jennifer Kaufman, Jessica Kaufman, Sydney Kaufman, David Martin (Katie), Jack Martin, Katie Martin, Brian Kaufman, Emily Kaufman, Christian Kaufman, and Olivia Kaufman; and great-grandchildren, Jett Kaufman, Liam Doyle, Christian Kaufman, Laken Doyle, and Demi Golay.