Francine Kaufman

Francine Kaufman (Rowars)

March 18, 1944 - May 25, 2021
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There will be a private funeral. A Celebration of Life will be planned post-pandemic. To honor Fran right now, please wear bright colors, smile at strangers (even through your mask) and show kindness to others.


Donations are being accepted for:
Encore Creativity for Older Adults

147 Old Solomons Island Road
Suite 211, Annapolis, MD 21401

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105


Francine Rowars (Gross) Kaufman, 77, of Columbia, MD, the late wife of Hal Kaufman, passed away on May 25th, 2021 after a final disagreement with cancer. Fran, who grew up in Jackson Heights, NY and Hollywood, FL is most remembered for her infectious, charismatic and fun personality. Fran served as a Broward County School Board Member (1976-1978), a Broward County Commissioner (1978-1982) and a Memphis Zoo Docent (2007-2014). Fran is the daughter of the late Howard Rowars and Muriel Leeds, step-daughter of the late David Leeds and sister to Charles (Jeri) and Barry Rowars.

A world traveler, lover of flowers, and enthusiastic singer with Encore Chorale (Columbia, MD), Fran is and will always be celebrated by her two daughters – Dana (Tom) Lawson and Jennifer (Paul) Lara, three grandchildren (Jessica Lawson, Anna Lawson and Olive Lara), three family dogs (Annie, Ty and Jedi) and step-children Marty Kaufman, Natalie Lefkowitz, Herb Kaufman, Mindy Smith and their families.

There will be a private funeral. A Celebration of Life will be planned post-pandemic. To honor Fran right now, please wear bright colors, smile at strangers (even through your mask) and show kindness to others. Donations can be made to Encore Creativity for Older Adults (Annapolis, MD) where Fran enjoyed singing and serving as the Columbia Chorale Master and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Memphis, TN).
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Dawn Bond

Posted at 11:38am
Dear Jen, I send you much love during this time and always. My condolences to your family. Frannie's love, curiosity and exuberance live on through you and your precious Olive, and countless others her life touched. Take care as you grieve for your mom and your family.

Rosalind L Snyder

Posted at 10:16am
Jen I am so sorry for your loss, my condolences to you and your family. May her memory always be a blessing and may God give you all peace in your hearts and joy in your souls.

Monica O'Gara

Posted at 06:10pm
Those of us who sang with Fran every week at Encore will remember her bright, cheerful smile, her love for the activity and how she worked to foster community among the singers. I send my heartfelt condolences to her family. May her memory be a blessing.

Barret Cole

Posted at 06:34pm
Fran was such a help and guiding force with our Columbia Encore chorale - and will be greatly missed. Your smile and winning attitude will always be remembered. Continue to SING ON as only you can!

Elizabeth Karpa

Posted at 06:21pm
I am sad beyond belief! As she did with many of us she welcomed me into Encore Columbia and became a dear, dear friend! I shall miss her forever! I am so very, very, sorry for all of her family and for all of us she touched with her kind, warm, enveloping personality along with her great gift of friendship! I love you Frannie.......may you forever Rest In Peace! ELizabeth

Leonard Montgomery

Posted at 04:41am
I met Fran and Hal at the FedEx St Jude PGA Golf Tournament in Memphis. I chaired a committee that they joined and we became instant friends. You could tell they loved each other so much. Fran always greeted you with a smile and loving attitude; her smile was infectious. After Hal died, she moved away. We kept in touch for a couple of years. We will miss you Fran. ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏

Barbara Barrett

Posted at 10:18pm
I first met Fran when I was a teenager and she was dating my brother who she subsequently married. She was someone I looked up to. She was strong, beautiful, kind and had the best sense of humor. When Fran became a mother my admiration only grew as she was such a good mother as evidenced by her two beautiful daughters, Dana and Jennifer. Even though I had not seen Fran for several years I will miss her dearly.

Norman Bickman

Posted at 08:28pm
Fran embraced life with passion, had a wonderful personality, incredible charm, and was always positive. As a Facebook friend we would exchange adorable photos of animals. She will be dearly missed.

Cathy Clark

Posted at 07:25pm
Oh my, words are not adequate to express my sadness to learn that Dear Sweet Fran is no longer with us. We were Sister Sopranos with Encore. She was so warm and welcoming to me when I joined Encore. We always wanted to sit next to one another at our performances. We always had fun together and enjoyed each other. She had a beautiful voice. She always had a bright cheerful beautiful smile, full of joy and a fun and good cheer personality! I was honored to have known her! She will be greatly missed. I am glad that she is pain free now and at peace! I love you, Fran! You will not be forgotten!

Delores Cobb

Posted at 05:26pm
We worked together as docents at the Memphis Zoo. She was always such a sparkling personality. She will be greatly missed.

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