2017-02-17 / Obituaries
January 28, 1934 – February 8, 2017
Ursula Rebecca Kaufman passed away peacefully in her home in Simi Valley, California, on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Ursula was born in 1934 in Hamburg, Germany, to parents Ilse and Erwin Voelker. She was the second oldest of eight children and grew up in war-torn Germany. As a young adult, she immigrated to New York City to forge a new life. She developed a deep love for her adopted country. She eventually moved her family from New York City to upstate New York to raise her children. She felt at peace with nature and the beauty of the great mountains she called her home for most of her life. In her final years, she relocated to Southern California to be closer to family. There she enjoyed the company of new friends and golf, and could often be found in Malibu cheering her son’s triathlon team. Ursula’s mother enrolled her in nursing school at the age of 17. Ursula later achieved a BSN and Masters in Health Administration. She emphasized the importance of education and ensured that her three children completed college. Her long and successful nursing career was as a Registered Nurse, Hospital Administrator, and then she became a pioneer as an independent Nurse Practitioner and Health Educator. Throughout her professional life, Ursula was a champion for patient rights and touched many lives with her compassion. Ursula is survived by her three children: Joseph (Michele) of Simi Valley, California, Theodor of Cooperstown, New York, and Deborah (Christopher) of Louisville, Kentucky; five grandchildren: Manuel, Gabriela, Jonathan, Roman and Dimitrius; and her sisters, brother and many nieces and nephews. Ursula’s wishes were for her ashes to be laid to rest beside her daughter, Heidi, in Bethel, New York, which will take place in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her honor to the National Audubon Society.