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Sept. 5, 1973 – July 19, 2014

Services were held July 30 in Buffalo for Christine Imperi, a clinical education specialist, who died July 19 in the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla., following a battle with leukemia. She was 40.

Born and raised in Buffalo, the former Christine Royce never forgot her roots on the city’s West Side.

A graduate of Lafayette High School, she studied at Trocaire College before beginning her career as an echocardiogram technician with Kaleida Health at its Gates Circle facility.

Fulfilling a longtime dream, she and her husband, Phillip, four years ago moved to Florida, where she continued working in her field at Lakeland (Fla.) Regional Medical Center before being hired by Philips Healthcare as a clinical education specialist in cardiovascular ultrasound.

A sports fan, she was fiercely loyal to her hometown teams, the Bills and the Sabres, as well as the New York Yankees.

Survivors include her husband, Phillip; her mother, Audrey Benzo; her father, Burt Royce; a brother, Jason Royce; and grandmother, Marlene Marranca.