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Ruth D. Kauffman

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On January 29, 2015 @ 3:18 pm In Obituaries | 4 Comments

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Ruth DeHaven Kauffman, 94, of Oak Leaf Manor, passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Lancaster Regional Medical Center.   She was the wife of the late Richard J. Kauffman to whom she was married to for 49 years.

Born in Lancaster County on January 16, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Alice Messner DeHaven.

Ruth worked as a manager of the photography studio for the former Hager Department Store before moving to Washington, D.C. to supervise studios in Washington, Maryland and Virginia.

She later purchased the studios then owned and operated them until her retirement in 1970.

She returned to Lancaster to be with her family.  While in Lancaster, she volunteered for Hospice & Community Care (formerly Hospice of Lancaster County).

She was also a volunteer in Maryland for the Holy Cross Hospital.

She belonged to the Better Photograph Association in Washington, D.C.

Her interests included gardening, puzzles, antiques, shopping and reading.

In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by a son, Gene Kauffman, who took over the photography business after her retirement and previously resided in Baltimore, Maryland.  She was also predeceased by brothers Vincent DeHaven and DeVonde DeHaven, and a sister Vinette Beck, all of Lancaster.

She is survived by nieces: Joyce Evans of Lancaster, Phyllis Miller of Mountville, and LaVon Thomas of Akron, Ohio.  Also surviving are 4 great-nieces and 2 great-nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oak Leaf Manor for their compassionate care.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.  Interment in Conestoga Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.


Condolences for the family of “Ruth D. Kauffman”

Condolence from Deborah (Evans) Stum on January 30th, 2015 10:01 pm

As a great niece of Ruth, I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had together at lunches along with my mother, Joyce. From “creating” businesses, such as a bank, using shoe boxes for safe deposit boxes. Yes, that’s right because if you knew Ruth, she loved shoes. When she saw one pair she liked, she bought them in every color! The three of us would talk about dream vacations and dressing from her closet, again due to all the clothing she had!! What is helping my heart heal is knowing she is with her husband, son and her brothers and sister.
I will miss you tremendously! Love, Debbie

Condolence from Joan N Miller on February 1st, 2015 6:34 pm

Joyce, so sorry to read of the passing of your Aunt Ruth. I remember many times visiting her in the photo department at Hager’s when we were shopping together. She was always a fun person who teated a couple of probably dizzy teen agers as adults. Was happy to know that she lived such a long and full life.
I am certain that you and Debbie will be missing her. Keep those special memories of precious times with her in your mind. They will bring comfort.

Condolence from Marilyn Berger & Staff on February 4th, 2015 5:06 pm

We had just seen the notice of Ruth’s passing. We are so sorry for the family. We worked with Ruth on the sale of her Hedgewick property and we were all so find of her. She will be lovingly remembered.
Blessed thoughts.
-Marilyn Berger

Condolence from Cindy mehr on February 21st, 2016 7:29 pm

Ruth…you were a great friend for my mother, and I will never forget you
Cindy Maxson mehr

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