Mary Janice "Jan" Sadler Kauffman

  • Born: December 24, 1939
  • Died: November 30, 2012
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Janice "Jan" Sadler Kauffman passed to the spiritual realm Friday, November 30, 2012 at home with her husband of 38 years, Art, lovingly by her side. She fought for many years against enumerable health conditions with grace, courage and optimism. Jan left this world knowing of the many blessings that awaited her beyond this earthly presence. Her love, generosity, strength and endurance have been treasures and inspiration to others who have known her.

Jan's life was filled with care for her family. In addition, she helped reach the glass ceiling for other women when she worked for the Army in Panama running a radio station, and for IBM in a tech writing position formerly held by men both in Austin Texas and in California. Her Bachelor's, in the Philosophy of Science, and Masters, in Counseling, took her far.

Jan lived and traveled in Germany, Italy, and Panama; was a prize-winning poet, an accomplished artist, linguist, and musician. An animal-lover, she also enjoyed photography, amateur radio-astronomy, and science fiction

Jan was born December 24, 1939 in Booneville, Mississippi to David L. and Lillian Sadler. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, and her little sister Helen Jill Sadler. She is survived by her loving husband Art, her sisters Joyce Milford and Judy Bunch, son D. Jason Penney, daughter Philyss Samuels Seidenfeld, 9 grandchildren (some of whom preceded and welcomed her) and 1 great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made. Contributions are not required. The love you have shown us in life is precious and gift enough. But if you want, we would ask you consider contributing to one or both of these organizations. Both have been so kind and good to us and both are worthy. Contributions should be made in the name of Jan S Kauffman.

Gentiva Hospice Foundation
7801 Mesquite Bend Drive, Suite 105
Irving, TX 75063

or online at:

Contributions to Congregation Beth El can be sent to:

Congregation Beth El
8902 Mesa Drive
Austin, TX 78759

Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thank you for your service.

I was in the Army too.

Posted by Hadassah bat Yakov - Austin, TX   December 29, 2012

On 12-31-2012, Mr. and Mrs. Don Walsh will sponsor a memorial service at the Wat Soon Sakorn Satheevid #2, in Bangkok, Thailand, for the benefit or and in memory of the soul of Mary Janice Sadler Kauffman.

P.S. To Art:

Please contact me at Phone # 66-86 102-3250. I need to speak to you concerning some important matters concerning Jan. I am now blind and cannot now use e-mail or regular mail.


Posted by Donald J. Walsh - Bangkok Thailand - friend   December 28, 2012

Jan was one of the more interesting and intrigueing people in the old New Orleans Science Fiction Association. She will be missed by all of us here.

Posted by Ken Hafer - LA   December 24, 2012

I believe I can speak for all of Jan's old New Orleans science fiction friends when I say that we are deeply saddened to hear of her passing.

We attended UNO together (I believe we met in a philosophy class) and stayed in touch for several years thereafter. Unfortunately I lost contact with her in the late 70's.

I treasured her insight and knowledge. She always had an interesting perspective, regardless of what we discussedand discussions broached hundreds of subjects. I tried several times to locate her online, in hope of comparing notes on life, but never managed to do so, and now it is too late.

Her later accomplishmentsas poet, artist, linguist, and musician--are not surprising at all, even though I don't associate her with any of those things; they sound like natural evolutions of the inquisitive and highly intelligent person I knew.

Her memory lives on in those of us who knew her. She was one of those unforgettable people. We miss you, Jan!

Posted by Pat Adkins - New Orleans, LA - Friend   December 23, 2012


I knew Jan years ago, in New Orleans when went to school there; I believe she got that Philosophy degree from UNO. She was kind and wonderful, particularly as I was quite wthdrawn and shy; she helped, a little, out of my shell. She was a good woman. She still has many friends here who remember her. I had dinner with several of them last night; this news saddened all.

One I know in particular would like to convey his condolences to Art; Art, if you read this, please contact me by email and I will forward you details.

Posted by Dennis K Dolbear - Jefferson, LA - friend   December 23, 2012