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Helen Yates Kaufmann
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Birth: Jul. 14, 1922
Death: Apr. 14, 2011

Helen (Yates) Kaufmann, 88, of Danforth and formerly of Hoopeston, died at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Prairie View Lutheran Home in Danforth.

She was born July 14, 1922 in Hoopeston to Everett E. and Lucy A. Potter Yates. She married Dale Kaufmann on July 21, 1943 at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul. He died in 1985. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

She is survived by one son, John (Joey) Kaufmann in Truth or Consequences, N.M.; two daughters, Lucie (David) LaBounty of Batesville, Arkansas and MaryAnn Kaufmann of Hoopeston; grandchildren, Barry (Diane) Huffman of Blue Jacket, Oklahoma, Ann (Steve) Callahan of Mesa, Arizona, Melissa (Cory) Kult of Lafayette, Indiana and Liz Kaufmann of San Diego, California and five great-grandchildren.

She graduated from high school and entered nurses' training at Burnham City Hospital in Champaign in 1940. She then moved to New York City and worked at the New York Polyclinic and Doctors Hospital during World War II, while Dale was stationed in England and Germany.

She worked at hospitals in Danville, Champaign and Paxton, as well as doing private duty nursing before she went to work full time at Hoopeston Community Hospital in 1962. She was instrumental in the formation of the hospital and often joked that she was motivated to get the hospital built so she could have a job closer to home. She also worked for the Illinois Migrant Council, the Vermilion County Health Department, The United Way and the American Red Cross. She went back to college in 1976 and obtained her bachelor's degree in nursing from Eastern Illinois University.

For over 50 years Helen was involved in many community projects in Hoopeston. She helped set up the Well Baby Clinic, Meals on Wheels and served on the board of the Multi-Agency Service. She was a visiting home health nurse and worked in various Vermilion County health clinics, including Planned Parenthood. She also taught Sunday school and confirmation classes at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Her other activities included D.A.R., Mary Hartwell Catherwood, Historical Society of Vermilion and Iroquois Counties, National Wildlife Association, National Humane Society, American Cancer Society volunteer and she was a patron of the Hoopeston Public Library. She enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing and genealogy research,

Family links: 
  Everett Ernest Yates (1883 - 1968)
  Lucy Anna Potter Yates (1883 - 1944)
  Dale Martin Kaufmann (1922 - 1985)
  Kenneth L. Yates (1914 - 1970)*
  Helen Yates Kaufmann (1922 - 2011)
*Calculated relationship
Floral Hill Cemetery
Iroquois County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Bob & Nancy Cannon
Record added: Apr 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68606790
Helen <i>Yates</i> Kaufmann
Added by: Bob & Nancy Cannon
Helen <i>Yates</i> Kaufmann
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You were a blessed resource for family records and a loving friend. I will muss you, Helen. Rest in blessed peace.
- Rosetta
 Added: Dec. 24, 2011

- Bob & Nancy Cannon
 Added: Apr. 19, 2011

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