Doris Kaffer

Doris Kaffer
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Doris Mae Kaffer, nee Blaufuss, 93, of Swansea, IL, born September 8, 1923, in Louisville, KY, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at her residence at Cambridge House of Swansea.

Mrs. Kaffer was a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved animals, cooking for her family, and watching her favorite Shirley Temple movies.  Doris enjoyed her stay at Cambridge House for the past seven years, and made many wonderful friends, both staff and residents.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Donald M. Kaffer, whom she married on August 19, 1944, and who died on February 25, 1999; one son in infancy, Thomas; her parents, Edmund L. Sr. and Irene I., nee Steffan, Blaufuss; three brothers, Edmund L. Jr. (Jean), Melvin and William (Clara) Blaufuss; two sisters in infancy; two sisters-in-law, Rita and Maggie Blaufuss; a brother-in-law, Bishop Roger L. Kaffer; two daughters-in-law, Linda Kaffer and Charlotte Kaffer; and a son-in-law, Marcel “Bud” Kaemmerer.

Surviving are eight children, Marilyn (Wayne) Layman of Fairview Heights, IL,
Ken Kaffer of Belleville, IL,
Larry (Bonnie) Kaffer of Belleville, IL,
Susan (Richard) Beelman of Swansea, IL,
Nancy (Jerry) McCoy of Pikeville, KY,
Jack (Pam) Kaffer of Belleville, IL,
Patti (Steve) Wittenauer of Belleville, IL;
and Steve (Sharon) Kaffer of Vaughn, WA;
23 grandchildren;
29 great-grandchildren;
six great-great-grandchildren;
a brother-in-law, Dr. Robert (Liz) Kaffer of Arvada, CO;
numerous nieces and nephews;
her dear friend, Vicki Leombruno of Swansea, IL;
and her little dog, Peanut.

The family would like to thank the staff and residents at Cambridge House for all the loving care and friendship given to Doris. To quote her, “Hi Sweetie!”, “And that’s the way it is!”, “Yep, yep, yep!”

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 15, 2017, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, January 16, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11a.m. Monday, January 16, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.  Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Doris Kaffer

We are so sorry for your loss. May the fond memories you all have of your Mom carry you through this difficult time. Love, Jimmy and Marian

Jim and Marian Wittenauer, Ocala, FL, 34476

Please accept our condolences. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave and Jan Baechle, Belleville, Illinois, 62223

Patti, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Although you will miss her, you know she is in a better place and someday you will be reunited.

Wayne Rueter, Nashville, Illinois, 62263

We want to express our sympathy to the Kaffer family and we are sorry form your loss. She was a great lady.

Vicky And Jane, Belleville , illinois, 62223

We want to express our sympathy to the Kaffer family and we are sorry form your loss. She was a great lady.

Vicky And Jane Smolik, Belleville , illinois, 62223

To the Kaffer family please accept my condolences and know that I have all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Judy Sheer, Belleville, IL, 62223

Ken, Jack, and all the Kaffers. You have our deepest sympathy. She will live on in your memories. Thinking of you with prayer, Rose and Charles

Rose MERTENS, SMITHTON, Illinois, 62285

We are sorry for the loss of your Mother and
Beloved family member. First time we met Doris she was full of energy along with a wonderful smile. Such a lovely Lady.
May all the great memories you share help you thru
This difficult time
Myra & Andy Voggenauer

Andy & Myra Voggenauer , Winter Haven, Florida, 33881

Doris will be missed so much… I was truly blessed to have met her, not to mention her amazing family… her singing will be missed, it made my day just hearing her.
My love and prayers to the family.

Dorothy Wrigley , Troy, IL, 62294

I have so many memories of your mom. Removing splinters from my hand that I got from the red fence and how she always called me Bethy. I loved running into her at the Cambridge House and smiling. She was always in a good mood. I’m sorry I missed the visitation but I was ill.

Beth Rule , Fairview heights , IL , 62208


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