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Lila V. Kaufman

Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

OREGON – Lila V. Kaufman died peacefully Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at her home along the Rock River, after a short illness.

Lila was born June 30, 1927, on her family farm in Polo. Her shining eyes and red hair foretold of the amazing life and legacy this feisty woman would lead. Her stories of milking goats before school, riding horses to school, and, of course, her favorite story of meeting the love of her life, Bill Kaufman, her freshman year of high school, will remain in our memories forever. They married on April 25, 1946. Lila and Bill’s life adventures would bring her from farming in Polo and Mount Morris, to meat shop processors and finally to grocery store owners.

Lila’s biggest loves, next to her husband, were her family. Lila enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One might find her hosting a family gathering, riding bikes, playing cards, rowing on the Rock River, or sitting on the porch viewing the Black Hawk Statue. Lila’s life was amazing, she always said, and was grateful to God for it. She was a treasure to everyone who knew her, a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mother-in-law and friend.

Lila was survived by sons, daughters, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who will miss her immensely.

A memorial service for family and close friends to celebrate her life was Sunday at her home along the river she dearly loved. Finch Funeral Home in Mount Morris handled arrangements.

Memorials for Pinecrest Community in Lila's name will be collected by the family.

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