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Kaufman, Joseph M.

Joseph M. Kaufman, Appleton, age 87, died Sunday July 6, 2014 at his home. He was born in Appleton on July 22, 1926 to the late Matthew and Lorraine (Dunsirn) Kaufman. Joseph married Vivian Fulcer on August 22, 1945. She preceded him in death on April 6, 2011 after 65 years of marriage. Joe was a mechanic at Schreiters Auto Supply for over 40 years, retiring in 1998. Following his retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, reading and playing Solitaire. Joe served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Harvey Pierre V.F.W. Post 2778, Appleton.

Joseph is survived by his children: JoAnn Koehnke, Ginna (Jack) Heegeman, Dave (Linda), Judy (Roger) Regeth, Mike, Ralph (Diane), Mary (Steve) Ready, Debbie Wilson, Greg (Kim), Dan (Laurie) and Ann (Ken) Hansen; 26 grandchildren: Trisha (Dan) Rawlings, Tim (Kimbre) Kiley, Katy (Tim) Schultz, John (Misie) Heegeman, Bob and Keith (Amy) Ristow, Corrina (Jake) McIntire, Christy Fristch, Amanda Christophersen, Chris (Henna) and Kory Hermes, Levi Ready, Jessie Dercks, Shannon (Jon) Calllies, Jimmi Hansen, Joe, Willy, Paul (Kellie), Denny, Toni, Mike Jr., Tommy, Ronnie, Dan (Allissa) and Shawn (Corrie) Kaufman; 55 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren; siblings: Chuck (Lorraine) Kaufman and Margaret Seidling; sisters-in-law: Joyce Kaufman and Barbara Vandermuse. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, Joseph was preceded in death by his sons-in-law: Bob Koehnke, Jim Koehnke and Steve Wilson; grandsons: Jamie, Troy and Billy; great granddaughter, Ally; brothers: Bob (LaVerne), Casey (Margaret) (Betty), Louie (Margaret) and Jack Kaufman; and brothers and sisters-in-law: Sissy Wolff, Angeline Shuckhart, Jerome, Ronnie, Tommy, Danny, Clifford and Gerald Fulcer.

Visitation will be held Thursday July 10, 2014 at ST. MARY PARISH (312 S. State St. Appleton) beginning at 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Bill Swichtenberg will officiate. Military rites conducted by the Harvey Pierre V.F.W. Post 2778 will immediately follow. Committal St. Mary Cemetery. To sign the guest book, please visit In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Written by Joe's granddaughter, Trisha:

The world lost an amazing, most kind, and gentle soul that will be missed more than words can say. He loved so unconditionally that it shined right through his tender heart. Being a father and father figure to many you couldn't help but learn from him by the way he lived. You learned the true meaning of a work ethic by his hard and dedicated work. You learned to rely on your faith with his "this to shall pass" attitude. With the little pat that he gave you while giving you a hug, you knew he was proud of you. The thing that made him the happiest was his family and seeing them happy. He will be missed not only by his squirrel friends, but all that knew and loved him.

"Keep it cool" Grandpa! ~With much love~



Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from July 8 to July 9, 2014
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