Obituary of Alberta Kaufmann
Alberta May Kaufmann, age 92, passed away after a brief, acute illness at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro on February 20, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. A resident of the Princeton area for the last 14 years, she lived at Yorkshire Village in Lawrenceville and later in the independent living section of Stonebridge at Montgomery in Belle Mead for the last two years.
She was born in Orange, NJ on June 27, 1924 to Gladys Alberta Guerin Bryans and William Edward Bryans. She had two sisters, Doris Bryans Webb and Jean Bryans Bull, both of whom predeceased her. As a young girl, she resided in East and West Orange and Hillside, NJ, before moving to Chatham, NJ at age ten. She graduated from Chatham High School in 1942 and later attended the East Orange Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1946 as a registered nurse. She initially worked in the office of a surgeon in Newark, followed by the newborn nursery in St. Elizabeth's Hospital and the medical surgical ward of Elizabeth General Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ.
She married her loving husband of 54 years, the late Roderick Thomas Kaufmann, Sr. in July, 1949 and resided with him in Linden, NJ for most of their married life. They were the owners of a popular ice cream store and grill called Dari-Lite in Linden. As a young mother in the 1950s, she belonged to a group called the Why Worry Girls, which was a women's social and support group ahead of its time. Later in life, she joined the Red Hat Group of Yorkshire Village, eventually becoming the Queen Mother of that group. She was also a member of two senior groups in Lawrenceville.
A devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Drs. Roderick T. Kaufmann, Jr. and Gayle Hotlzman and their children Daniel and Jonathan Kaufmann of Belle Meade, NJ; daughter and son-in-law Linda Berger and Dr. Robert "Buzz" Berger of Princeton and their children and spouses, Melissa Berger of Princeton and Carly Berger Ogren and Jayce Ogren of Brooklyn; and son and daughter-in-law Dr. Gregory A. and Maria Kaufmann of Belle Mead and their children, spouses, and grandchildren, Alan and Carly Kaufmann of Glenside, Pa and their children, Felix and Tabitha, and Dr. Kristin Kaufmann of Belle Mead; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Alberta was the epitome of a loving, selfless, and giving soul, who always put her family's and friends' needs first. She was loved dearly by her family and friends and will be greatly missed.
A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Skillman on February 23rd, followed by a graveside service at St. Gertrude Cemetery in Colonia, NJ.
Contributions may be made in her memory to Princeton Healthcare Foundation, Homefront NJ, or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
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