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FRANCES O'NEIL RUPP <br> JULY 18, 1918 -- DEC. 26, 2004

Frances O'Neil Rupp of Buffalo, an active volunteer, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness. She was 86.

Born Frances O'Neil in St. Louis, she attended Villa Duchesne School. In 1943, she married Buffalo native Richard W. Rupp, a U.S. Navy officer whom she met when he was stationed in St. Louis.

The couple moved to Buffalo in 1954. Mr. Rupp, a prominent local businessman who founded Armor-Box Co. and was one of the original investors in the Buffalo Sabres National Hockey League franchise, died in 1999.

A devoted mother and wife, Mrs. Rupp was also a longtime volunteer with the Junior League of Buffalo, Buffalo General Hospital, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Ingleside Home. A tennis player, she was also a member of the Garret and Saturn clubs.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan of Rochester and Christy of New York City; a son, William of Buffalo; a brother, Sidney O'Neil of Seattle; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held today in the chapel of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Burial was private.

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