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Leah Anne Bingeman, art restoration expert

March 1, 1986 – August 7, 2014

Leah Anne Bingeman, an art restoration expert trained by Sotheby’s in London, died in Buffalo Thursday. She was 28.

Mrs. Bingeman, who had been seriously ill since childhood, was self-employed and in the midst of restoring an Arts-and-Crafts style house in North Buffalo, building the stair railing and crown molding herself. She was planning a new house for herself and her husband, Brian Bingeman, when she was hospitalized last week.

“She was just courageous,” said her mother, Christine Schweikhard. “She was living her life regardless of how she felt.”

A graduate of Orchard Park High School, she was voted “unsung hero” by her class. She earned a fine arts degree with a minor in chemistry from St. Bonaventure and completed a masters in decorative art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, which published her dissertation on American furniture designer Charles Rohlfs.

In Buffalo, she had a curatorial internship at the Albright Knox Art Gallery. She worked on the restoration of the marble staircase at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. A children’s book she illustrated was just submitted for publication.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by her father, John, and brother, Geoffrey.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Bernadette’s Church, 5930 South Abbott Road.

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