Heleyn Kaufman


Heleyn Kaufman


Heleyn Kaufman passed away on June 10, 2019. She lived well, enjoying a long career in banking, travel, and family.

Born in Butte, Montana, on Oct. 3, 1927, she married Jim Kaufman on Thanksgiving Day, 1946, in Butte. After Jim was transferred to Billings, she began working in banking, where she rose to the position of vice president. Heleyn and Jim enjoyed traveling and spent many winters in Hawaii during their retirement. Because they enjoyed gatherings of family, they invited relatives to visit on vacations.

Heleyn was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Elsie Miller; her sister and twin brother; her husband, Jim; and her son and daughter Greg and Cynde. She is survived by daughters Linda and Terri; grandchildren Tee Jay Hert, Kirsten, Sarah and Gus (Tori) Kaufman, and Derek (Marika) Grimm; and by great-grandchildren Damien, Tatum, Khloe and Ledger.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, at Michelotti-Sawyer Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave., in Billings.

Special thanks to the outstanding staff at Westpark Village.

Donations in her honor can be made to Alzheimer’s/dementia, to breast cancer research or support groups, or to the charity of choice.

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2 thoughts on “Heleyn Kaufman”

  1. Ron & Gerri Pearson

    Sincerest condolences to the Family! Where to begin? My association with Heleyn begins in the mid-1950’s on the 2600 block of Terry Avenue. Pearson’s lived at one end of the block [2608] and Kaufman’s near the other end of the block across the street [2635?] but it wasn’t long before I met Greg and Linda. Terri and Cynde were also there but more in the background. Greg and I were about the same age, rode bikes, played baseball and did all the usual stuff. Many fun remembrances! We went our separate ways after high school but always kept on friendly terms. Fast-forward to 1978, fresh out of college with my shiny new BS in business and a new career in banking at Midland National Bank. I met my lovely bride Gerri at Midland…. long story short, we couldn’t BOTH work at the same branch and at that particular moment, it so happened that Dutch Omdahl, Stan Hill and Heleyn Kaufman were in the market to fill a customer service office position. As my luck had persevered, I was able to get that position at First Bank West Billings and was there 10 years. I got to know Heleyn & Jim quite well during that time. Jim would drop by to pick up Heleyn and always had a story to share which left all of us smiling! It was ALL good!

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