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Eileen Krupp, businesswoman, blood donor March 3, 1926 -- Dec. 19, 2005

Eileen C. Krupp, retired owner of a fabric shop and dedicated Red Cross blood donor, died unexpectedly Dec. 19 at her Lancaster home. She was 79.

Born Eileen C. Greune in Chicago, she graduated from Calvert High School in Tiffin, Ohio. She moved to Western New York in 1970.

A homemaker and seamstress, she owned Quaker Fabrics in Orchard Park for many years, retiring in the mid-1990s.

As a young mother living in Milwaukee, Mrs. Krupp was active in the Cub Scouts, serving as a den mother while her husband, William M. Sr., served as cubmaster. The local Cub Scout organization there honored her as Den Mother of the Year.

This year, she was named Blood Donor of the Year by the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Her husband died in 1973.

Surviving are four daughters, Kathleen Cribb of Mount Pleasant, S.C., Margaret Stern and Patricia Steger, both of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Eileen Marie Gleisner of Greensburg, Pa.; three sons, Christopher of Wheaton, Ill., William M. Jr. of Orchard Park and Gregory T. of Blasdell; a sister, Dolores LaFayette of California; a brother, Francis Greune of North Tonawanda; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, South Buffalo Street and Thorn Avenue, Orchard Park, after prayers at 8:45 in F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, 6575 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park.

Burial will be in Nativity of Our Lord Cemetery.

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