Capt. Edwin J. Kaufman
Sept. 15, 2017
Capt. Edwin J. Kaufman, retired, U.S. Navy, 76, of Hamburg, formerly of Tamaqua, passed away peacefully Friday in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Boulevard, Salisbury Twp.
He is survived by his wife of six years, Kay A. Krieger Henn-Kaufman; son, Thomas M. Kaufman and his wife, Susan, Columbia, S.C.; daughters, Jennifer R. Kerr and her husband, Gary, Tamaqua; Maureen A. Ciavarella and her husband , Anthony, Drums; brother, Larry E. Kaufman and his wife, Sylvia, Hilton Head Island, S.C.; grandchildren, Tiffany, Alexis, Garrett, Kipp, Abigail, Vincent, Isabella, Dwight and Kyla; stepsons, Kevin Henn and his wife, Dawna, Denver; Keith Henn and his companion, Lori Bi one, Hamburg; Bryan Henn and his wife, Diana, Auburn; sister- in-law, Sue Kaufman, Reading; many nieces and nephews.
A Tamaqua High School graduate, Ed did a preparatory year at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston before matriculating to Albright College in Reading, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. Upon graduation, Ed entered the U.S. Navy, having retired with distinction after 28 years as a captain.
During those 28 years, he served on several U.S. naval warships, culminating with the command of the USS Sellers stationed in Charleston, S.C. He then earned the rank of captain and finished his final years of military service in Washington, D.C., as senior material readiness officer. Previously he attended the National War College and Destroyer School.
Ed earned many meritorious accommodations from the National Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Ar med Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal with Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.
Ed was an avid traveler, visiting all 50 states, where he liked to follow his hobby of geocaching. He was a gardener and enjoyed bike riding.
Upon retirement, Ed returned to his hometown of Tamaqua, and with his first wife, Anne Marie, operated his mother’s corner grocery store, Anna Kaufman’s on Pitt Street.
He was born in Coaldale, the son of the late Edward and Anna B. Malishaucki Kaufman.
He was also predeceased by his first wife, Anne Marie Manning Kaufman, on Feb. 28, 2010; and brother, Neal T. Kaufman.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to service time.
Interment with military honors will be conducted at Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church Cemetery, Owl Creek.
Memorials in his honor maybe sent to Disabled American Veterans, 1123 E. End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
A registry and condolences may be signed at www .griffithsfuneralhomes.com.