Marguerite Sara Kaufman|
Born: Aug. 14, 1913
Died: Aug. 16, 2014
Marguerite Sara Kaufman, 101, Woodstock, died peacefully Saturday evening, August 16.
She was born August 14, 1913, to the Reverend Dr. Roger Kaufman and his wife, Blanche Hostetter Kaufman. "Rete" and her brother Roger (now deceased) grew up in Woodstock.
Marguerite was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church, where her father served as pastor. She attended the Woodstock public schools until her high school graduation in 1931.
Although higher education for women was rare at the time, Marguerite received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage College in 1935 and went on to earn both a B.S. and an M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois, later taking additional doctoral-level courses.
Because work was scarce during the Depression, Marguerite's professional career began with two years of intermittent teaching assignments following her graduation from Carthage. As economic conditions stabilized, she spent several years teaching at Woodstock Community High School, eventually also serving as the school's librarian. She then moved to Iowa to work as teacher-librarian at the State School for the Blind.
Advancing professionally in her field necessitated several geographic moves, which included working as a librarian at Midland College in Nebraska, then at Carthage College, University of Illinois Architecture Library, and Elmhurst College, all in Illinois. She then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and spent 6 years as the architecture reference librarian at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. After that she returned to Illinois and served as the Head Librarian of the Art and Architecture Library at the University of Illinois.
Marguerite retired from the University of Illinois in 1974, and returned to Woodstock, where she became an avid White Sox fan and an enthusiastic bird watcher with the local Audubon Society. From 1980-1998, she fed her love of learning and sense of adventure by traveling via train and bus to 29 different Elderhostels across the U.S. She also enjoyed walking, tending to indoor and outdoor plants, participating in Grace Lutheran Church's women's circles and attending Retired Teacher Association events.
Among extended family members she was known for her carefully chosen gifts of books to the children and for the designer Barbie doll clothing she sewed by hand. In her last few years, at Woodstock's Hearthstone Manor, she was known for her kindness to others, sweet disposition, and ever-sharp mind.
Marguerite is survived by many cousins, including, in the local Woodstock area: Edna Steadman, Dan (Marilyn) Steadman and children, Bruce (Lois) Gerloff and children, Brian (Carole) Gerloff and children, Pamela Gerloff, Jane Gerloff (god-daughter), Lisa (Bill) Gerloff Banker, Carl (Dagmar) Lofgren and children.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 21, and Friday, August 22, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Woodstock. The Friday visitation will be followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the church, then interment at Oakland cemetery, and a luncheon back at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 1300 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock, IL 60098.
For information, contact the Schneider Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home in Woodstock at 815-338-1710, or visit the website at www.slmcfh.com
Published in the Northwest Herald on Aug. 20, 2014