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Sarah E. Thompson, who was active in adult literacy programs and ran a chemical sales company, died Sunday (Sept. 16, 2001) in Mercy Hospital after being stricken in her Orchard Park home. She was 80.

Born Sarah Kleinsteuber, she attended Buffalo schools and was a 1943 graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in English literature.

From 1980 until 1997, she served as president and chief executive officer of Chemical Sales Corp. of Buffalo, a firm founded by her father in 1918.

For many years, Mrs. Thompson was a member of Literacy Volunteers and also taught in adult education programs. She was a freelance writer and contributor to area publications on historical and natural history topics.

She was a member of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church and the Orchard Park Historical Society.

Her husband of 34 years, Lowell L., died in 1980.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by two sons, Craig D. of Albany and Stuart C. of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina; a brother, Charles J. Kleinsteuber of West Rockport, Maine; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, 6575 E. Quaker Road, Orchard Park.


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