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George F. Kaufmann

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

George Kaufmann, Age 93 of Bloomington, Minnesota; passed away May 13, 2017 at Martin Luther Care Center in Bloomington.  George was born on March 23, 1924 in Bethlehem, PA.  He was a WWII Veteran.  He married Josephine Spahn of Lidgerwood, ND on August 24, 1946, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.  George worked for KBMW Radio Station in Wahpeton, ND for almost four decades.  Jo and George moved to Bloomington in 1997.  George was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine; infant son, Robert and 8 brothers and sisters.  Survived by children, Linda (Steven) Kari of Bloomington, MN, Peg (Ron) Mohs of North Platte, NE, Steve (Kirsten) Kaufmann of St. Paul, MN, Jim (Dawn) Kaufmann of Minnetonka, MN and Rick Kaufmann of Milnor, ND.  George has 10 grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.  Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 17th at The Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 E. 90th St., Bloomington with visitation beginning at 10:30. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.


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Submitted by Granddaughter on

My Grandfather George was the sweetest man, and I miss him dearly. No amount of words can describe his kindness for he was loved by all. He was a WWII veteran who served his country with pride and dignity. He loved his family dearly, and I hope they all recognize this.

I will miss you Grandpa, but I am comforted knowing you are reunited with Grandma Josephine in heaven. May the perpetual light shine upon you always.

Love you

Submitted by Martin Luther Staff on

Dearest George, you were the man everyone knew and said hello to. Our hearts are feeling empty missing your smile and laugh. Please accept our condolences and prayers.

Submitted by Steve & Kirsten... on

Thank you Martin Luther community for loving our father. He will be missed. His granddaughter wrote a wonderful tribute please share with your residents and staff.

" George Francis Kaufmann, age 93 formerly of Wahpeton, ND, and Bloomington, MN. Born March 23, 1924 in Bethlehem, PA. George was a 1942 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School. He entered the U.S. Army and served in the European Theatre during WWII. His service in WWII was a great sacrifice, giving up a promising baseball career and scholarship to Georgetown. He married Josephine Spahn of Lidgerwood, ND on August 24, 1946 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. In 1947, he graduated from the American Institute of Air in Minneapolis. His 39-year career as a radio broadcaster began in October 1947 at KSJB in Jamestown, ND and in September 1948, he joined KBMW in Wahpeton, ND. A kind, loving man, he will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and the caring staff at Martin Luther Campus. Preceded in death by his wife, Josephine and his parents, Lorincz Kaufman and Zsofi Vagula. Survived by sister Margaret; daughters, Linda (Steve Kari), Peg (Ron Mohs); sons, Steven (Kirsten), James (Dawn), Richard; 9 grandsons, Dan, Mark, Mike, Nathan, Patrick, Jacob, Dustin, Drew, Dawson; 3 granddaughters, Kelly, Jenna, Lindsey; 4 great-grandsons, Cole, Kade, Rocky, Bennett; and 2 great-granddaughters, Josie, Elle. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 17th at The Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 East 90th Street, Bloomington with visitation 1/2 hour prior to mass only.  Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. "

George Kaufmann Family

Submitted by Steven Kaufmann on

My father George Kaufmann was a gentle, kind and thoughtful person. His sons' mentor and champion. His service in WWll was a great sacrifice, giving up a promising baseball career. Josephine was the love of his life and he was a devoted husband for more than 65 years. My dad always wanted a better life for his kids than he had growing up. He will be greatly missed by more than just his sons. I personally want to thank my dad for 60 years of love to me and the adoration he showed my wife Kirsten. We will miss you.

Steve Kaufmann

Submitted by Johnson Family on

We are so sorry to read of the passing of our dear friend George. Jim, Dawn, and girls, my blessings and prayers to you and your entire family. I know he loved his family very much. Please accept our condolences

Thinking of you all during this tough time. Many prayers and hugs.

Submitted by Friend of George's on

The above doesn't thoroughly explain the love this man had for his family and friends. I cannot speak highly enough of my dear friend, and I miss his dearly. Love you, my old friend.

Submitted by Family on

I am honored to be your family, and I miss you so much. Your love and support meant the world to me, and I'll be lucky to meet someone as kind as you in my lifetime. I hope you are smiling in heaven with Jo.

Submitted by Mohs Family on

So thankful for the summer's that we got to see you in Minnesota. Those memories will be cherished forever. We love you so very much and will miss getting to see your smiling face. Thanks for loving us. We miss you so much. Give Grandma Jo a big love from us.

Submitted by Charles & Lynne... on

We came to know you and Jo late in your lives as
our daughter, Kirsten was joined in marriage to
your kind and loving son, Steven. We soon could
see what a kind and special father you were and
have fond memories of your Easter visit with Jo
at our home in Columbus Wi and St. Paul.
You truly were a man of the "Greatest Generation "
and will be greatly missed.

Submitted by Dawn Kaufmann on

I was very fortunate to have had such a wonderful, loving and kind father-in-law. You told me every time I saw you, how much you loved our family. You are always in my heart. Love you!

Submitted by Brian Rohrenbach on

George lived a full life and I believe he made friends wherever he went! He was a friend to everyone he met! I will always remember him! There was never a better man!

Submitted by Nathan Mohs and... on

Great grandchildren, Jordyn Mohs (2) and James Mohs (1) never had a chance to meet Grandpa George. He will forever live in our hearts as we share stories of his life, love and legacy. Prayers of peace to our entire family as Grandpa reunites with his Love.

Submitted by Dear Friend of ... on

George was one of a kind. There will never be a more caring and sweet soul to walk the earth. Eternal blessings to you, my dear friend, and I know you'll be watching over all of us from heaven with Jo.

Submitted by Jim Milne on

George was the finest and most honorable man that I have ever known. While living in Wahpeton, George was truly 'Mr. Wahpeton'. He was the best boss I ever had pleasure to work with. God bless you George! Eternal rest grant onto you and let perpetual light shine upon you George!

Submitted by Jackie (Hudson)... on

I will always remember George coming home from work and playing ball with the kids. Often, he would have every kid in the neighborhood playing catch in the street. It was a great place to grow up, and part of that was because George was there.

Submitted by Bruce Eckre on

George was always one for the nicest people in Wahpeton, ND. I remember growing up and listening to him on KBMW radio...doing everything from the news and weather to broadcasting live high school and college sporting events.

Submitted by Lindsey Kaufmann on

Grandpa George, today we celebrated your beautiful life with your loving family and friends. I know you were smiling from heaven with Grandma Jo. There were so many people present to honor you, and the ceremony at the church and Fort Snelling were lovely. Your neighbor Bud and his family were there, too! I miss you but know you are at peace in the arms of our Father. Thank you for being the best grandpa.

Love you always,
Your granddaughter Lindsey

Submitted by Family friends on

George was a true blessing in my family's life, and we loved listening to him on KBMW. I saw the photo and beautiful tribute his granddaughter shared and wanted to extend my prayers to the Kaufmann family. Thank you for being the best George.

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