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Leonard J. Sippel, retired city employee, veteran
April 9, 1924 -- Jan. 11, 2011

Leonard J. Sippel, of the Town of Tonawanda, an Army veteran of World War II, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sippel earned a GED and had studied drafting for a year in technical school. He was a technician fourth grade with the Army's 399th Fighter Squadron from 1943 to 1946, serving stateside.

Mr. Sippel later worked as a junior engineer for Buffalo's Department of Public Works from 1953 until his retirement in 1988.

Mr. Sippel's interests included painting, playing chess and reading. He was a member of Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.

Survivors include his wife, the former Ginette C. Damianos; five daughters, Gertrude McQueen, Katherine Ingles, Ruth Pace, Mariel Walleshauser and Joselyne Roth; and a son, Stefan D.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St. at Delaware Avenue.