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Sandra L. Lipke July 2, 1962 -- Sept. 11, 2005

Sandra L. Lipke, a court reporter, died unexpectedly Sunday in her Hamburg home. She was 43.

She was born Sandra L. Smith in Buffalo and was a graduate of Iroquois Central High School, Geneseo State College and the Stenographic Institute of Western New York. She worked as a court reporter for Buffalo Reporters and for Kaczor and Buyer Court Reporting.

A former horse owner, she enjoyed horseback riding and dogs.

Surviving are her father and stepmother, retired Buffalo News photographer Robert L. Smith Sr. and Jeanne E. Smith of Orchard Park; two sisters, Susan Mariacher of Elma and Colleen Vigneron of Orchard Park; and three brothers, Robert L. Smith Jr. of Los Angeles, Michael Fintar of Holland and Shawn Fintar of Lockport.

An outdoor memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Avanti Mansion, 4409 South Park Ave., Blasdell. Burial in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Elma, is private.

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