Barbara Kauffman

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VALPARAISO, Ind. — Barbara Glore Kauffman passed away at her home in Valparaiso, Indiana Monday, December 9, 2013.

She was a native of Detroit, Mich., born Oct. 31, 1932, to Lester and Ethel Glore. In 1943 the family moved to Sidney, Ohio she graduated from Sidney High School in 1950. She then attended and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor's degree in physical education. She taught in ohio public schools for a couple of years and in 1956 married Richard H. Kauffman, an Annapolis Navel Academy graduate and Sidney High School graduate. This union brought two wonderful daughters, Kathryn and Karen, into their lives. The marriage lasted 16 years.

Barbara went on to earn her master's degree in speech-language pathology at The Ohio State University and a second master's degree in business administration from Wright State University. In the early 1970s Barbara was employed as a speech and hearing therapist in Miami County schools. In 1973 she applied for and was chosen superintendent for the miami county board of mental retardation and developmental disability (MR/DD). She guided the development and success of Riverside RT Industries for the development and employment of clients served by Miami County. Barbara retired in 1991 after 18 years as administrator/superintendent during which time the Riverside program saw major expansion and statewide recognition. Barbara was congratulated by the president of the Ohio Senate 119th General Assembly, Senator Stanley J. Aronoff, … "thus, with great pleasure, we congratulate you on your retirement and salute you as one of Ohio's finest citizens."

Barbara was an active member of the Troy Kiwanis Club and was the first woman member to the Troy chapter.

those who knew barbara know that she was extremely generous, had a keen sense of humor and loved sports. She was an avid reader and enjoyed golfing, bowling and knitting. She volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

Barbara is survived by her precious daughters, Kathryn (Mike) Taylor of Ottawa, Ontario, and Karen Calvert of Valparaiso, Ind.; three grandsons, Brian (Brittany) Calvert, Eric Calvert and Alexander Taylor. She is also survived by her loving sister, Alice Napier, of Corpus Christi, Texas. Her parents and brother, Samuel E. Glore predeceased her.

Family and friends will gather together next summer in a celebration of her life at the family cottage on Higgins Lake, Michigan. Memorial contributions can be made to Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, Special Olympics or a .

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Moeller Funeral Home
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Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-0535
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Published in Sidney Daily News from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2013
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