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Karen C. Leopold, 46, of Arden, N.C., a former Buffalo-area resident, died Tuesday (Feb. 13, 2001) in Memorial Mission Hospital, Asheville, N.C., after a lengthy illness.

Born in Buffalo, she was a descendant of the Conners family, who owned the Buffalo Courier-Express. She attended private schools and studied in Europe.

At the time of her death, she was a sales associate with Habitat Realty in Hendersonville, N.C., and a volunteer at Memorial Mission Hospital, Asheville.

Before moving to North Carolina in 1999, she was owner of Turtles Restaurant on Anna Maria Island, Fla., from 1986 to 1993 and was involved in numerous fund-raising and community events. She also worked in real estate for several years in Florida. She was an Anna Maria Island volunteer firefighter.

"She was an amazing person," said her longtime companion, Martin J. Kimball of Arden. "She would do anything for anybody. Cops would call up after they pulled somebody over for DUI and said, 'If you come pick him up, we'll let you take him home.' Even if she didn't know who it was, she'd get up out of bed and go get him."

Also surviving are her father, David of Burlington, Vt., and a sister, Katharine of Arden.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Groce Funeral Home, Arden.


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