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JULY 2, 1940 -- NOV. 4, 2004

Eileen Hunt, of Crossville, Tenn., a former Buffalo-area resident, died Thursday in Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, after a brief illness. She was 64.

Born Eileen VanTassel in Buffalo, she attended West Seneca schools.

A longtime telephone company worker, she advanced to chief operator, then went into sales, overseeing the installation of telephone systems across the state, including some in the World Trade Center in New York City.

Mrs. Hunt retired from Nynex in 1985 and moved to Venice, Fla. She had been living in Tennessee since June 2003.

Surviving are her husband of 28 years, Richard; a daughter, Linda Kumar of Binghamton; a son, James Heppner of Venice; a stepson, Mark of Houston; three stepdaughters, Barbara Gonzalez and Theresa Caldwell, both of Niagara Falls, and Paula of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a brother, William VanTassel of Coral Springs, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

There will be no services. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Matthews Cemetery, West Seneca.


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