Grace G. Kaufmann of Cutchogue died at the age of 74 Nov. 14, 2015, of complications related to colon cancer.
Grace was born Feb. 6, 1941, in Davenport, Iowa to Ed Kaufmann II and Jean Ploehn Kaufmann. She was educated at St. Katherine’s School in Davenport and Smith College, where she graduated in 1964. Grace then worked as an occupational therapist in Chicago and thereafter moved to New York City, where she lived on the Upper West Side and worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital. She then trained in psychotherapy and opened her own counseling practice in that field in New York, where she continued to practice until she retired in 2002 and moved to Cutchogue, where she had had a vacation home for several years.
Grace pursued a wide variety of interests both in New York and in retirement in Cutchogue. She sang for many years with the New York Oratorio Society, and the highlight each year was a performance of Handel’s messiah at Carnegie Hall. She also enjoyed cooking and sharing recipes (especially Christmas goodies), knitting, needlepoint, sewing quilting, jewelry making, and most recently (and most spectacularly) painting. She was fond of boating from the dock in her back yard in Cutchogue, and was never without her dogs and cats, most recently Max, Jackson, Sweetie and Sally.
Grace is survived by her brother, Jack, his wife Elizabeth, their daughters Christine, and Amanda, their son, John and his wife, Katie and their three sons. Grace was predeceased by her brother Ed. Surviving Ed are his wife Ruth M. Kaufmann, their daughters Anna Horner and her husband, Jonathon and their son and daughter, and Laura K. Kaufmann and her husband Baron Willard and their son and daughter.
Grace was very fond of all of her nieces and her nephew, loved watching them grow up, and delighted in giving them thoughtful personal gifts every Christmas.
There will be a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at the Church of the Redeemer in Mattituck. A reception will follow the service in the church’s Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Fork Animal Welfare League, PO Box 297, Southold, NY 11971, main.nfawl.org/.
This is a paid notice.