Our Jane, Mom, Jolie Mere, peacefully died on Feb. 24, 2014. Born in San Francisco on Nov. 15, 1936, she grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Lowell High School and Stephens College. 1959 would become the start of a storybook love affair with Don Kauffman that would last nearly 55 years and produce six children. No matter where Jane lived, Phoenix or Bozeman, and no matter where she traveled, Florence or Botswana, she made life long friends who continued to openly express their adoration and support until the end. Her keen sense of humor on the tennis court and around the bridge table brought joy and comfort to so many for so many years. Her grace and infectious love for life and family inspired us all.
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She is survived by her husband, Don, and six children: Nancy Nicholson of San Diego, John Kauffman of Bozeman, Jill Kauffman Johnson of CorteMadera, Sally Flinchbaugh of Berkeley, Anne Kauffman of New York, Patsy Kauffman Barber of North Hampton and 13 grandchildren. Please send any donations to
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 27, 2014