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Kaaren Luparello Lynch, chief of staff for the Buffalo Common Council, died Friday (Sept. 24, 1999) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. She was 40.

Mrs. Lynch was appointed as a legislative aide to the Common Council in January 1982 and later became a legislative assistant.

She was named chief of staff in January 1998. Shortly after rising to that post, Mrs. Lynch was diagnosed with colon cancer, her family said.

Her husband, John, recalled mayoral assistants working with his wife on budget matters in the dining room of their home while she recuperated from surgery.

"Her family and work really helped keep her alive," he said.

She worked on legislation, the budget and Civil Service matters.

She was working in City Hall the week before she died.

"You could see the pain in her face, and yet she continued on," Delaware District Council Member Alfred T. Coppola said. "She loved her work. She was just a wonderful person and joy to work with. She's going to be greatly missed. It's really a big loss to the Buffalo Common Council."

Mrs. Lynch was born in Buffalo. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1991 from Medaille College and was working toward a master's degree at the University at Buffalo when she became ill.

She was a member of the Romulus Club Women's Auxiliary and the Sacred Heart Academy and Medaille College alumni associations.

Survivors include her husband, John "Jay" Lynch; parents, Oberdan and Elaine Luparello of Clarence; four brothers, Craig of Chantilly, Va., Ronald of Williamsville, Thomas of the Town of Tonawanda and Robert; and grandmothers, Marion Weichmann of Cheektowaga and Carrie Luparello of Clarence.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, 1557 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Prayers will be said at 9:30 in Perna Funeral Home, 1306 Hertel Ave. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cheektowaga.


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