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Jan. 23, 1920 – Jan. 24, 2014

Eileen L. Bippert, owner of Bippert’s Farms, a fourth-generation agricultural business, died Friday in her Elma home after a long illness. She was 94.

Born Eileen Lein in Buffalo, she was a 1937 graduate of Lancaster High School and attended Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.

In 1944, she married her high school sweetheart, Warren Bippert Sr., who had taken over the original 35-acre farm in Elma from his father two years earlier.

They acquired four more farms in Lancaster and Alden, expanding their operation to about 500 acres, and added livestock – hogs and a registered Angus herd – to their fruit and vegetable growing and distribution activities.

Currently, the farm cultivates about 300 acres, raising primarily potatoes and sweet corn, and maintains a wholesale produce business supplying hotels, restaurants, schools and other institutions.

The Bipperts built a roadside market on Clinton Street to sell produce year-round and in 1995 established a seasonal weekly fresh produce auction for local growers and consigners.

After the death of her husband in 1991, Mrs. Bippert continued to operate the farm with help of her son, Warren Jr., and one of her daughters, Barbara Dygert.

She was a life member of the Erie County Agricultural Society, the American Angus Association and the New York Beef Producers, and was a member of the Elma Senior Citizens and the Eastern Star.

Bippert Farms was certified as a New York State woman-owned business enterprise.

Survivors also include three other daughters, Nancy Kronthaler, Marcia Schneeberger and Dawn Rodgers; a brother, Donald Lein; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Elma Methodist Church, 2991 Bowen Road.