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Jean R. Kroll, limousine service vice president; July 24, 1927 -- June 13, 2012

Jean R. Kroll, a lifelong resident of Buffalo's Kaisertown neighborhood and vice president of Parklane Limousine Service, died Wednesday in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. She was 84.

Born in Buffalo, Mrs. Kroll graduated from South Park High School in 1943. From 1961 to 2001, she worked three different jobs.

Mrs. Kroll owned and operated Art & Jean's Deli from 1961 to 1984 with her husband, Arthur. The two were married in 1947, and he died in 1977.

She then worked at Ulbrich's in sales, specializing in Hallmark gifts and stationery. After retiring from there, Mrs. Kroll became vice president of Parklane Limousine Service, the business of her oldest son, David. She was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and handled booking.

Mrs. Kroll was also considered an excellent chef and nimble at sewing, he said.

"She just had this ability of changing hats," David said about his mother's ability to adapt to different jobs and challenges. "My mother was a truly amazing person. She was my best friend."

Mrs. Kroll also is survived by two other sons, James and Alan.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday in Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church, Cheektowaga.

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