Kathryn A. Huff­man

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Kathryn A. Huff­man was the beau­ti­ful, in­tel­li­gent, fun lov­ing woman of in­tegrity, strength, and con­vic­tion as Mother, Grand­mother, and Wife to her fam­ily. She was a full­time Mom all the years our three chil­dren were grow­ing up. She al­ways wanted to be home when the chil­dren came home from school be­cause that is when they wanted to talk. She moth­ered our three chil­dren with her heart and soul, in­clud­ing a love of learn­ing. She loved read­ing, go­ing to the theatre, sym­phony, and mu­se­ums, and en­joyed play­ing with words. She camped the U.S.A. with her beloved hus­band, Charles A. (Chuck) Huff­man, and their three chil­dren in a fold­ing camp­ing trailer. She cir­cled the world with her Chuck on one of their many in­ter­na­tional trips. She lived a life filled with love and laugh­ter. She trea­sured her fam­ily with faith in her Cre­ator, God.

Kathryn was the lov­ing daugh­ter of Ray­mond D. Kues­pert and Ruth M. Sta­ples Kues­pert of South Bend, IN, where Kathryn was born. She grew up in a well ed­u­cated fam­ily where in­tel­li­gent con­ver­sa­tion, thought­ful ob­ser­va­tion, and in­formed dis­cus­sions were prized. While in a dis­cus­sion at the Sun­day din­ner ta­ble, in the days be­fore the in­ter­net, when the an­swer wasn’t known to a ques­tion, Kathryn or her brother Don im­me­di­ately re­trieved the “World Book” En­cy­clo­pe­dia from the fam­ily book­shelves to find the an­swer.

In high school, Kathryn was a Re­porter, then News Edi­tor, then Edi­tor-in-Chief on the School news­pa­per, “The In­ter­lude.” Kathryn was a del­e­gate to the Amer­i­can Youth Foun­da­tion Sum­mer Camp in Sau­gatuck, MI. She was a del­e­gate to the “Cit­i­zens of Tomorrow” spon­sored by the Chicago Tri­bune for Honor Stu­dents. She was Vale­dic­to­rian of her grad­u­at­ing class in 1944 at South Bend High School.

Kathryn then en­tered Pur­due Univer­sity in West Lafayette, IN, in 1944, where she was a mem­ber of DELTA RHO KAPPA, a Na­tional Honorary for dis­tin­guished stu­dents in the School of Sci­ence, AL­PHA LAMBDA DELTA, an In­ter­na­tional Aca­demic Honorary So­ci­ety for dis­tin­guished un­der­grad­u­ate co­eds, and KAPPA DELTA PI, an In­ter­na­tional Aca­demic Honor So­ci­ety in Ed­u­ca­tion. She was the City Edi­tor of the cam­pus news­pa­per, “The Ex­po­nent,” and an As­so­ciate Edi­tor of the Pur­due Year Book the, ”De­bris.” She also be­came an Elder in the Univer­sity Pres­by­te­rian Church. She rep­re­sented her church and was the only fe­male on the Univer­sity In­ter­faith Coun­cil. She grad­u­ated from Pur­due Univer­sity in 1948 with the de­gree of Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence, with High­est Hon­ors.

She taught high school English and So­cial Stud­ies for two years in South Bend prior to be­ing mar­ried to Chuck in 1950. She then taught high school English and So­cial Stud­ies in Bat­tle Creek, MI, prior to start­ing our fam­ily.

When our youngest was a high school Ju­nior, Kathryn started do­ing some sub­sti­tute teach­ing. Find­ing dis­ci­pline prob­lems not to her lik­ing, she en­rolled at the Univer­sity of Delaware. She grad­u­ated with a Master’s De­gree of Ed­u­ca­tion, and pur­sued a thor­oughly con­struc­tive ca­reer as a Guid­ance Coun­selor for 14 years in Per­ryville Mid­dle School, Per­ryville, MD. In those years, she en­riched the lives of, and re­mains in the hearts of, many of the chil­dren she coun­seled, and the col­leagues she worked with.

Af­ter re­tir­ing, she lived with her hus­band, Chuck, in China for a year while Chuck was fin­ish­ing his work as­sign­ment there. Soon af­ter re­turn­ing to Wilm­ing­ton, DE, they moved to Wil­low Val­ley, and Kathryn be­came a mem­ber of The First Pres­by­te­rian Church on Orange Street where she served as a Dea­con. She was a long time Elder in the Pres­by­te­rian Church, PCUSA.

Kathryn passed away Au­gust 26, 2016. She is sur­vived by her hus­band of 66 years, Charles A. (Chuck) Huff­man, son, Wil­liam A. (Bill) Huff­man, mar­ried to Sharon Carr Huff­man, of Los Gatos, CA, son, James B. (Jim) Huff­man, mar­ried to Bar­bara Cle­ments of Prince­ton Junc­tion, NJ, daugh­ter, Anne E. Huff­man Deb­baut, mar­ried to Chris­tian Deb­baut of Hood River, OR, grand­daugh­ter, Mary Kathryn Huff­man Gough, mar­ried to Ti­mothy Gough, of Llan­dudno, Wales, UK, and grand­sons, Jef­frey A Huff­man of Los Gatos, CA, Christo­pher Z. Deb­baut of Stan­ford, CA, Peter S. Deb­baut of Raleigh, NC. Kathryn’s brother, Don R. Kues­pert, pre­ceded her in death.

Friends and fam­ily are in­vited to share in the cel­e­bra­tion of the life of Kathryn A. Huff­man at 11 a.m. on Septem­ber 9, which will be held in the John­son Au­di­to­rium of Wil­low Val­ley Manor North, 600 Wil­low Val­ley Square, Lancaster, PA 17602.

If you would like to honor Kathryn, we ask that you make a do­na­tion in her name to First Pres­by­te­rian Church, Dea­cons, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA, The Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Univer­sity Women Schol­ar­ship and Me­mo­rial Fund, 1800 Fair­fax Blvd., Wilm­ing­ton, DE 19803, or Phil­an­thropic Ed­u­ca­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion, PEO, for Cottey Col­lege, to Deb­o­rah Krei­der, 356 Flint Lock Dr., Wil­low Street, PA 17584.

Burial will be pri­vate in Lower Brandy­wine Ceme­tery, 117 Old Kennett Road, Wilm­ing­ton, DE 19807.

To send an on­line con­do­lence, visit DeBordSny­der. com. foot­ball sea­son, she was a life­long, en­thu­si­as­tic sup­porter of her beloved home­town Green Bay Pack­ers.

Nancy is sur­vived by her hus­band, Richard; sons Michael Kubek and wife, Jessie and Randy Kubek and com­pan­ion Jodi Blevins; sis­ter, Mar­garet Wilkum; nephew, Christo­pher Wilkum; two grand­chil­dren, Sophia Marie Kubek and Al­lo­rie Michael Kubek.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, Nancy was pre­ceded in death by her daugh­ter, Tif­fany Lynn Kubek; sis­ter, Colleen Ligocki; three nieces, Cherie Ligocki, Dawn Ligocki and Michelle Ligocki, and a sis­ter-in-law, Shirley Kirschner.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Nancy’s life will be held at 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Septem­ber 9 at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Ris­ing Sun, MD 21911, with a visi­ta­tion be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. where fam­ily and friends are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made payable to “Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety” and sent care of the funeral home.

To send con­do­lences, please visit www.rt­foard.com.

R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A. A Life Cel­e­bra­tion ® Home ers: James and David Par­ent.

Me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held Fri­day, Septem­ber 2, 11:30 a.m. at Crouch Funeral Home, P.A., 127 South Main St., North East, MD, with visi­ta­tion be­gin­ning at 10:30 a.m. un­til ser­vice time.

Pri­vate in­ter­ment will be in St. Mary’s Ceme­tery, Dover, NH.

In lieu of flowers, the fam­ily re­quest me­mo­rial do­na­tions be sent to Ce­cil Col­lege Foun­da­tion, Ce­cil County Li­brary, or NEVFC, in care of the funeral home.

For con­do­lences, please visit www.crouch­fu­neral home.com.


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