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Walter R. Saupe of Alden, who crafted a 45-year career in the machine-trades industry, died Saturday (Dec. 27, 1997) in his Alden home after a lengthy illness. He was 84.

A Pittsburgh native, Saupe launched his career during the World War II years at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Pittsburgh, transferring after 15 years to the Cheektowaga plant, where he became a superintendent.

After 20 years at Westinghouse, Saupe formed his own business, G&S Tool & Die Co. in Corfu, and for seven years helped develop equipment for the aerospace industry. He then founded Trison Manufacturing, also in Corfu, and worked as a consultant and machinist with his three sons. He retired at 75.

A son, Walter E. of Corfu, said his father loved work and helping others.

"My dad was very humble -- one of those individuals who lived to work," he said. "Anybody who needed a hand, he was there to help him."

Saupe was a 36-year member of Town Line Lutheran Church and was active in many church projects.

He and Hazel F. Palmquist Saupe, who died in 1990, were married for 54 years.

Survivors include his wife, the former Faye Litzinger of Alden; two other sons, James R. of Grimesland, N.C., and Richard A. of Wellsville; two sisters, Esther Ansel of Baltimore and Irene Ferguson of Pittsburgh; a brother, Eugene of Pittsburgh; six grandchil-dren; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Town Line Church, 1159 Townline Road, Alden. Burial will be in Marilla Cemetery.[rrdda]

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