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June 4, 1950   Sept. 7, 2013

Marianne Zipp Hofheins of Williamsville, co-founder of a software company, died Sept. 7 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 63.

Born in Tonawanda, she graduated from Tonawanda High School in 1968. She received her bachelor ‘s degree in mathematics from Albany State University in 1973.

The former Marianne Zipp began a computer programming career in Buffalo at Computer Task Group, where she advanced to technical service manager, providing help desk services and custom programming to business clients using CTG’s basic four minicomputers.

In 1996, along with her husband, Mrs. Hofheins founded ProServe New York Corporation, a software firm specializing in enterprise software serving small to mid-sized businesses in Western New York.

She retired in 2006 upon selling the company.

She was widely known for her Scrabble parties through which she raised money for the Literacy Volunteers of America.

Survivors include her husband, George, and a brother, Paul Zipp.

Services were private.