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.