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Sept. 23, 1910 - Sept. 17, 2012



Geraldine M. Klipfel, an award-winning artist and longtime dental assistant, died in Blocher Homes, Williamsville, after a short illness Monday, six days short of her 102nd birthday.

Born in Buffalo, Ms. Klipfel was a 1927 graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy. Her grandparents owned and operated the Klipfel Brothers pickle and vinegar factory on Michigan Avenue a century ago.

She had a 60-year career as a dental assistant and lab technician in the dental practice of her father and brother, Dr. Charles Klipfel and Dr. Herbert Klipfel, on Allen Street in Buffalo and later on Main Street in Snyder.

A master ceramicist, she had a kiln studio in her home. She served several terms as president of Smallwood Garden Club, where she was a founding member, and won top prizes for her flower arrangements at their annual shows.

She also was a gifted vocalist and sang in the choir at St. Joseph's Cathedral and Christ the King Church in Snyder. She was a member of the Christ the King Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder.