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OFFERMANN, Karl P.

OFFERMANN - Karl P. The son of former Erie County Sheriff and Buffalo Bison Baseball owner Frank J. Offermann and Isabel M. Offermann, died in Lakeland, FL on December 20, 2010, following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He would have turned 80 on St. Patrick's Day. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Offermann graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and began his printing career in his family's business, F.J. Offermann Art Works on Broadway. He began his own company, Offermann Press, in the 1960's before moving in 1972 to Lakeland, where he founded Artcraft Printers. His wife of 42 years, the former Elizabeth (Betty) Ekiss, died in 1991. He was also preceded in death by son Karl Jr. and a daughter, Gretchen de Stafano. He is survived by sons, Michael of Sarasota, Kevin (Kelly) of Lakeland, Mark (Robin) of Texas and Erich (Margie) of Lakeland; daughters, Diane Krueger of Oklahoma, Lisa Latham of Lakeland, Kristen (Steve) Schaller of Colorado and Katrin (Willie) Lunsford of Arkansas; sister Jeanne Lawless of Big Flats, NY; brothers Frank Jr. and Paul, both of Buffalo. 26 grand and 25 great-grandchildren also survive.

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