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Margaret Floyd Kaufman

February 16, 1935 ~ June 25, 2017 (age 82)

Margaret Floyd Kaufman lived a life of devotion: to her family, her church, and the hundreds of children who brightened her first-grade classroom at Hillsdale Elementary School in Dormont. Mrs. Kaufman, 82, died June 25, of congestive heart failure. She had been living at Brookdale  Mt. Lebanon, but until last October, had been living at her house in Dormont, where she and her husband, the late Albert Samuel Kaufman, raised two sons.It should have come as no surprise that Mrs. Kaufman was deeply involved in both the Episcopal Church and education. Her father, the late Oliver Floyd, had been a superintendent of schools in the North boroughs before becoming a priest in the church. Born in 1935, Mrs. Kaufman and her older brother, Charles R. Floyd of Panama City Beach, Fla. grew up in Ben Avon. She was a ballet dancer, an avid reader and a precocious student who skipped her senior year in high school to enroll at Chatham University, where she graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1956. It was there that her college roommate introduced her to her eventual husband, a Washington & Jefferson student who went by the name of Sam. They were married in 1957 in her father’s parish, Brookline’s Church of the Advent. She would work as an elementary school teacher in the Keystone Oaks School district from 1973-1994, living close enough to walk to school each day. She and Mr. Kaufman made countless happy trips to Hidden Valley in Somerset County; another favorite was Chautauqua, New York, where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with the families of sons Stephen Kaufman of Castle Shannon and James Kaufman of Whitehall. At Advent, Mrs. Kaufman served in numerous capacities: member of the Vestry, delegate to the annual convention, lector, and most important, serving in the healing ministry. Mrs. Kaufman is preceded in death by her husband, Sam, and her parents, Oliver and Laura Floyd. She is survived by her brother, Charles R. Floyd, sons Stephen (Maria Sciullo) Kaufman and James (Theresa) Kaufman, as well as beloved grandchildren Alexandra Kaufman, Ellen Kaufman, Jim Kaufman and Bridget Kaufman, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends will be welcomed at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1008 Castle Shannon Boulevard, Castle Shannon, TUESDAY 2-4 and 6-9. A funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Advent, Brookline (Everyone Please Meet at Church). Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Church of the Advent (Episcopal), 3002 Pioneer Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15226



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