Emily R. Oprea
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1939 - 2017
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Obituary for Emily R. Oprea

Emily R.  Oprea
Emily "Lee" Oprea passed away Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at her home in Sardinia at the age of 77.

Born December 21, 1939 in Wyandotte, MI, a daughter of the late Howard and Emily (nee Olmsted) Roderick, Lee raised her children in Westport, Connecticut and then moved permanently to her family’s historic summer home in Sardinia in 1984.

Twenty-Five Years ago, Lee was one of the co-founders of the Western New York Land Conservancy in East Aurora. Granddaughter of the late artist and architect/landscape architect, Harold Leroy Olmsted of Springville, Lee was a a great supporter of Western New York Art, Architecture, and Landscapes and she was deeply committed to the preservation of nature and the environment. Lee championed the Springville Center for the Arts, protested the West Valley Nuclear Demonstration site, opposed the Chaffee Landfill, and, more recently, actively resisted and won a battle against the Northern Access Pipeline which would have crossed her family property at her beloved Cattaraugus Creek. She was an avid and skilled gardener and landscaper and most importantly a detailed historian and loving keeper of her family’s legacy and home, on the National Historic Register as Rider-Hopkins Farm (1841) and Olmsted Camp (1910).

Lee is survived by her children: daughters Lia and Yani Oprea of Sardinia and son Mircea Oprea and his wife Christina of California; her grandchildren: Anneliese and Max; her siblings: Grace Page of Florida, Sally Scholl of California, James Roderick of Manhattan, NY, Connie Roderick of Sardinia; her brother-in-law: Dexter Payne of Colorado along with many loving extended family members.

She is preceded in death by her parents and sister – the musician Judy Roderick.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held this summer at the Olmsted Camp in Sardinia.

Memorials may be made to the Western New York Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 471, East Aurora, NY 14052, the Springville Center for the Arts, 37 N. Buffalo St., Springville, NY 14141 or to Hospice Buffalo, Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227.

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