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Helga Kauffman

Helga Kauffman, age 87, of Aurora died Sunday afternoon, October 17, 1999, at Hamilton Manor in Aurora.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday at the Higby Mortuary Chapel. Dr. Joe Scahill will officiate. Interment will be in Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9, Tuesday at Higby Mortuary.


Helga Marie Kauffman, the daughter of Sigvard and Julia (Kaae) Andersen, was born in Arapahoe, Nebraska on September 11, 1912 and died in Aurora, Nebraska on October 17, 1999, at the age of 87 years, 1 month and 6 days.

Helga’s family moved to a farm two miles east of Marquette in March of 1915. She started school in District 58 in 1917 but the family moved in March 1918 so she finished the 8th grade schooling in District 100 Hillcrest School in 1925. She worked as a domestic prior to her marriage.

She was united in marriage to Wesley Kauffman on March 2, 1932 in Grand Island. Wesley passed away February 28, 1992 two days before their 60th anniversary. The first three years of their wedded life were spent on a farm near Phillips. In March of 1935 they moved to a farm southwest of Marquette, three years later they moved 2 miles northeast of that farm. In December of 1956 they endured a total drought so they moved to Columbus where Wesley took work at Behlens and Helga was employed as Engineering Lab Technician at Dale’s Electronic. She found the job immensely interesting as it was early in the space explorations, she made parts for the moon shots that landed on the moon.

Helga’s hobbies involved nature; as wood, rocks and shells became decorative items for her home and yard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Herluff and Elwood Andersen and her eldest son, First Lieutenant Alan R. Kauffman, who lost his life in the service of his country as a Jet Pilot in the Strategic Air Command.

She is survived by her daughter Barbara L. Kleve of Aurora; son Clayton Kauffman and his wife Nancy of Grand Island; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Leona (Mrs. Guilford) Nissen of Marquette, Stella (Mrs. Bernard) Danhauer of Aurora; five nephews and eight nieces.

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