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Barbara Jean Krafthefer


1922 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Barbara Jean Krafthefer Obituary
Barbara Jean Krafthefer 4/10/1922-12/14/2012 Barbara Jean was born in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. She was the eldest of six daughters of Samuel Harrison and Carrie Lois Hassler Cozad. Barbara grew up in northern California from Dam City (under Lake Shasta now) to Anderson and finally Red Bluff. After graduating from Red Bluff High School, where she enjoyed music, sports and drama, Barbara received a scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley, to pursue her goal of becoming a home economics teacher. While working at the Claremont Hotel in Oakland, she caught the eye of a young draftsman from the Kaiser Shipyards. Barbara and Russell Edward Krafthefer were married on June 1, 1945. Their first child arrived in December 1946 and they moved to Bakersfield in 1947. As four more children arrived, a larger home was required and they built a new home on what was then the eastern edge of Bakersfield, near East Bakersfield High School, "Where there's nothing between us and the canyon." As the children grew and all were in school, Barbara enrolled in the Cafeteria Management program at Bakersfield College. She spent many happy years as a baker and assistant manager at Horace Mann, Harding, and Chipman Schools in the Bakersfield City School District. Barbara was a local CSEA member and was active at the local and state levels, and served as local president. When Barbara and Russell came to Bakersfield, they joined the congregation at Trinity United Methodist Church. They were both Methodist Youth Fellowship leaders and Barbara was very active with the children's Christian Education Department. Barbara was actively involved in the United Methodist Women organization and served as local president. She greatly enjoyed traveling around the state to the many district meetings and national conventions with her fellow Methodist Women. One of her greatest joys was the UMW contribution to the development and building of the Arthritis Association's Adaptive Aquatic Center where she enjoyed swimming up into her eighties. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Russell, sister Rosalie Andrews, nephew Richard Klusman and niece Shelly Andrews. She is survived by sisters Alice Mueller of Red Bluff, Margaret Cozad and Sara Klusman of Pensacola, Florida, and Penny Gee of Chico; children Kenneth (Cindy) of Keene, Robert (Earlene) of Bakersfield, Kathleen Shoff (Bruce) of Pollock Pines, Rodney (Cyndi) of Tehachapi and Jeffery of Craigsmore, New York; grandchildren Susan of San Diego, Robert John II (Ashley) of Bakersfield, Miranda Thompson (Andrew) of Honolulu, Hawaii, Sara Shoff of Keur Manoumbe, Senegal, and Nickolas of Tehachapi; great-grandsons Jordan, of Bakersfield, and Connor Thompson, of Honolulu. A memorial service will be held Friday December 21st, 2 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, corner of Niles and King Streets. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 19, 2012
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