Service measured not by GOLD,
but by the GOLDEN RULE
WOOSTER - Wanda Eileen Mairs Kaufman, 90 of Plain Township, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on March 11, 2018. Wanda was born at home to R. Forest and Mary Elizabeth (Wilson) Mairs on May 20, 1927. Wanda attended Maple Grove School and was in Shreve High School's graduating class of 1945 where she held the office of treasurer and secretary. Wanda, named the Trojan Queen her freshman year, caught the eye of Gordon Sylvanus Kaufman and later married him in 1945. They felt blessed and honored with the opportunity to carry on the work of her family farm where they raised their children; instilling in them the strong work ethic, generosity and good nature for which Wanda was best known.
Wanda's passion and zeal for life wasn't bridled by the hardships of farming, but
aspired greatness through the many organizations in which she was involved. Wanda
was a dedicated, steadfast, and life-long member of Plain Lutheran Church, Plain
Lutheran Ladies Aid and Blachleyville Grange. Her passion for gardening led her to
complete The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program,
where she received intensive training in horticulture earning her the title of Master
Gardener. As she held various positions in office as a charter member of the
Blachleyville Garden Club, she was able to apply and share her knowledge of
horticulture with members of the club and community. She was also a member of the
Gnat Boxers Square Dance Club, and a World renowned dancer with the Cedar Valley
Cloggers. Not only did she clog locally but the Cedar Valley Cloggers performed at
Disney World and in Austria.
Wanda's commitment to family and community did not go unnoticed, the Wayne
County Farm Bureau recognized Wanda as their "1988 Woman of the Year." During her
years in retirement, Wanda enjoyed working at Ki Ja Mar Greenhouse and continued
helping her son Kelly Kaufman on his farm until the age of 85.
Wanda was the youngest of 5 children. Preceding her in death were brothers
Ray, Lowell, and Robert and sister Neva Mairs Kintner. Wanda is remembered by three
children Kathy, Kelly, and Shawny Kaufman along with ten Grandchildren Aaron
Schafrath, Bobbi (Denny) Bresson, Amy (Randy) Rice, Echo (Terrence) Metz, Robin
(Brad) Kitchen, Joshua (Julie) Schafrath, Zachary (Jennifer) Schafrath, Rachel (Bill)
Hoffee, Bo (Rachel) Amos, Jill (Kenny} Biddle and 27 great grandchildren.
The Family would like to thank Lois and Deb for the loving and nurturing care
they gave our mom and grandma. A special thanks to LifeCare Hospice for taking good
care of our family. Wanda will be remembered as the salt of the earth, humble and forthcoming.
To many she is mom, grandma, hero and friend. Due to her modest nature she would be slightly appalled that we have sung her praises so high but we have simply told the truthof the wonderful woman she was.
Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 6-8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Plain Lutheran Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers consider a donation to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, Oh 44691 and find moments in the hustle and bustle of life to spend time with the ones you love.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691
Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home