Leona Kauffman

Leona E "Lee" Kauffman

Thursday, August 7th, 1924 - Friday, December 18th, 2020
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Leona (Lee) E. Kauffman

Lee Kauffman,96, passed away on December 18, 2020, at her residence in Newton, Kansas. She was born August 7,1924 in Barton County, Kansas to Ida and Siegmund Dietz. In 1948 Lee married Donald Doyle of Lakin, Kansas, who passed away in 1949. Lee and Derald Kauffman were married at Milberger, Kansas, on August 16, 1952, and were married for 50 years.

Lee and Derald were lifelong Kansans, residing in Garden City and Scott City before settling in Abilene in 1963. Lee attended Salt City Business College in Hutchinson, then worked at Dun & Bradstreet Corporation in Wichita. She was a homemaker and also a skin care consultant for Luzier Cosmetics for 43 years. Lee was a charter member of Abilene Christian Women’s Club, involved in First Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, and received the honor of being the oldest and longest serving volunteer at Abilene Memorial Health System in 2014. She enjoyed bowling for many years, often as part of a winning team, as well as crocheting and traveling.

Lee was a loving mother and grandmother and people enjoyed her presence. Surviving her are daughters Mona (George) Krievins of Newton and Noreen (Ed) Fenton of Topeka, sister Esther Karst of Hoisington, and brother Markus (Caroline) Dietz of McPherson. Lee is also survived by grandsons Matt Stowe (fiance Nicole) of Overland Park, and Tony Stowe (girlfriend Emily) of Kansas City, step granddaughters Alaina (Matt) Martin of Austin, Texas, and Kayla (Caleb) Lind of Norfolk, Nebraska, and their families, which include eight great-grandchildren. A number of dear nieces and nephews and longtime friends also stayed connected with Lee throughout her long life.

Lee was preceded in death by husband Don, husband Derald, her infant daughter, Donelda Doyle, and her sisters Rosa Nulik and Helen Landon, brothers Edwin Dietz and Luther Dietz, two nephews, Stan Karst and Loren Dietz, and great niece Amy Drake.

A service to celebrate the life of Lee Kauffman will be held at Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home in Abilene on Wednesday, December 23 at 1:00 p.m. The family asks those attending to wear masks and seating will be limited due to COVID precautions. Lee will be laid to rest in the Abilene cemetery following the service. Memorials may be given to MHS Volunteer Corps in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd, Abilene, Kansas 67410. For those unable to attend, the service may be watched live at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 | 9:00am - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 9:00am - 7:00pm
    Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home
    414 N 3rd
    ABILENE, KS 67410
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 1:00pm
    Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home
    414 N 3rd
    ABILENE, KS 67410
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  • Interment

    Abilene Cemetery
    14th Street
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Posted at 09:45am
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Dennis A Nulik

Posted at 10:08pm
Aunt Lee was a remarkable lady who lived a long and fulfilling life while having endured tragedy and loss as a young wife and mother. We celebrated her 95th birthday with her and family members at a party at Mona and George’s home in Newton and she was vibrant, joyful, and amazingly youthful looking. We really enjoyed being with her and the family and will always have those memories to keep her alive in our hearts. While we mourn losing her, we are happy for her because she died peacefully, surrounded by love. What more can any of us ask for? Peace, Aunt Lee, no more suffering. You have transcended your earthly bonds and the entire universe is your playground now.
Dennis Nulik and Harper Jackson (Wichita KS)


Posted at 11:41am
Sister, Esther, remembers “We we’re close”. They walked to school together;
sometimes rode the horse. They played together and especially enjoyed playing with Cousin Milda. Esther and Lee stayed close their whole lives.
My memories of (Aunt) Lee are from forever too, but especially from the early 70s when my young daughters and I lived nearby in Abilene. Such fun we had! Lee was ready for almost any experience and her laughter was infectious! The Kauffmans spoiled my girls and helped me , a young mother.
Throughout her lifetime, Lee loved to make memories and recall them with you later. Hers was a life well-lived and we were blessed to be part of it.
Mona and Noreen and families, may you
find the comfort you need for this loss.
Melinda and John


Posted at 10:18am
Through many happy years, Sisters
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Posted at 11:15pm
Sister Lee/Aunt Lee Is loved very much by us and will be missed here but will be happy in Heaven.
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