106th Kaufmann reunion held July 18


The 106th annual reunion of the descendants of Gottlieb and Dorothea Kaufmann was held July 18 at the Wilton Community Center with 96 in attendance from 11 states. Martha Puls gave the blessing prior to the catered meal. President Jeff Kaufmann called the meeting to order and Carolee Stanley gave the Secretary’s report for Margaret Marolf who had passed last year after serving as secretary for more than 39 years.

A list of cousins who died was read and a moment of silence taken. The Kaufmann Cemetery account now has over $20,000 in the fund.

Officers for the 2022 reunion will be: president Jeff Kaufmann; vice president Donna Price; secretary Melissa Kissell; treasurer Vicki Kaufmann; archivist Margaret Barclay; toastmaster Carolee Stanley; asst. toastmaster Nora Lee Steinbrech.

The eldest cousin present was Carl Geertz, 99; the youngest was Oliver Kaufmann, 7 months. Carl and Aurilee Geertz were married the longest at 73 years. John and Carol Lowe traveled the farthest from Arizona/Australia.

The program focused on the updated and enhanced family history book. It will be a monumental task but one well worth doing. James T. Batchelor recalled his work on making the 120-foot-long family chart.

On Saturday, a small group visited the Wilton Candy Kitchen and dined together in Muscatine.

Those attending include:

Henrietta Borghart family: Lisa Postel and Donna Postel, Cedar Rapids; Marcia Parmenter, Marion.

Fred F. Kaufmann family: Fred R Kaufmann, Moscow.

Henry A. Kaufmann family: John and Carol Lowe, Sun City West, Arizona; Mike and Sandi Spilizewski, Casstown, Ohio; Dick and Joyce Wilson, Granger, Indiana; John and Helen Egenberger, Ankeny; Martha Puls, LeClaire; Robert and Carolee Stanely, Elizabeth Stoffer, Carole Noble and Emilea Haut, Bettendorf; Melissa Kissell, Drew and Ellah, Wayland; Ernest Dillard and Phyllis Jones, Jewel Dillard, Dominic Tompkins and Liberty Yordt, Paxton Dillard, Linda Shoppa, Muscatine; Samantha Noble and Jose Delgado, Joseph and Marshall, West Branch; Ken and Josephine Noble, West Liberty; Grace and Leti Wiese, Durant; Charles Frymoyer and Susan Greenwald, Tipton; Harry Kaufmann, Moscow; Jeff and Vicki Kaufmann, Bobby Kaufmann, Jacob and Courtney Kaufmann and Oliver, John Kaufmann and Rachel Brossman, Brett and Tricia Ford, Kaylee and Linsey, Wilton.

Fredericka Duffe family: Ed Duffe and Janette Sheldon, DeSoto, Kansas; Ashley Renfrew, Ethan and Grant, Overland Park, Kansas; Tom Duffe, Georgetown, Texas; Kim Andresen, Mark Andresen and Vivienne, Mt. Vernon; Nora Lee Steinbrech, Iowa City; Donna Price, Bettendorf; Steve Price, Julie Gelaude, Moline, Illinois; Robert and Jennifer Nichols, Christina Nichols, Jerry Freeborn and Sue Marx, Muscatine; Matthew Nichols, Des Moines; Margaret Duffe, Wilton.

Andrew H. Kaufmann family: Jeff and Debra Welton, Orange, California; Deborah Czarnecki, Osceola, Wisconsin; Scott and Susan Wearn, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Shelby Parks, Christopher and Kelly Parks, Moline, Illinois; Mary Ann Nelson, Kansas City, Missouri; Carl and Aurilee Geertz, Emily Geertz, West Liberty; Carol Kuehl, Bettendorf; William and Carlene Klein, Grafton, Illinois; Tina Klein, Jerseyville, Illinois; James T. and Lynn Batchelor, Manito, Illinois; Warren McConahay, Columbus City; Bret McConahay, Columbus Junction; Dori Martin, Davenport; James Batchelor, Paul and Mary FitzPatrick, Bill Lenker, Wilton.