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In Memory of Pat Kufeldt

From: LEAVEN, Vol. 37 No. 3, June-July 2001, p. 65.

Pat Kufeldt's passion in La Leche League was education. She held a firm belief that Leaders deserved training and continuing education. Just before her death, Pat wrote about the goal she set 22 years ago, to offer Leaders Human Relations Enrichment (HRE) sessions for free.

Pat wrote that when she took over the HRE Department for the Eastern Division (EUS), Leaders had to pay $10.00 for each HRE session. She went on, Somehow, this never seemed right. We asked mothers to volunteer as Leaders and then charged them for the training that helped them to communicate more effectively with mothers. I personally volunteer for other programs within my town and found that they supplied all that I needed to do the job at no charge. I made this proposal to the LLL EUS Division and they agreed. The EUS Division became the first to offer HRE as expected Leader education, not a fundraiser."

After consultation with Pat's family, LLL of Virginia/West Virginia is establishing the "Pat Kufeldt Memorial Scholarship Fund." The fund will be used to help Leaders and Applicants in the Eastern United States Division (EUS) build their skills through attendance at workshops, conferences, and seminars. This fund will be managed by Angela Love-Zaranka, Joyce Schaal, and Marianne Vakiener.

If you would like to make a contribution in Pat's memory, send a check payable to "LLL of VA/WV" and write "Pat Kufeldt Memorial" on the memo line. Please mail checks to:

Pat Kufeldt Memorial
c/o Marianne Vakiener
9803 Barlow Road Fairfax, VA 22031-3517

(LLL of VA/WV is a tax-exempt organization, so your donation is tax-deductible.) Many thanks for your interest in continuing Pat's legacy in this way.

From My Corner of the World

Carole Wrede, LEAVEN Managing Editor

LEAVEN has lost one of its own. Patricia S. Kufeldt, contributing editor for the LEAVEN column "Helping Mothers" since 1992, died April 29, 2001 of bronchiectasis, a rare lung disease.

This issue of LEAVEN is for Pat, dedicated in her memory. Pat held a master's degree in special education, taught emotionally disturbed children from 1964 to 1974, and for the past ten years was the Director of Human Resources Enrichment (HRE) for the Eastern US Division of La Leche League International. She brought her love of education and wonderful HRE skills to thousands of Leaders through LEAVEN. A talented editor, Pat wrote many of the articles that appeared in "Helping Mothers," and developed several ongoing series of articles.

I will personally miss our communications and contributions in LEAVEN.

Pat is survived by her husband, Edward Kufeldt, a son, Kyle Kufeldt, her father, Vincent Speechley, and two sisters. We at LEAVEN join with her family and all those who knew her in grieving her loss and celebrating her life. Thank you, Pat, for enriching our lives. Knowing you was a privilege.

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