Jeannette Van Dyke, a former elementary school teacher, died Saturday in her Hamburg home after a long illness. She was 82.
Miss Van Dyke was born in Buffalo and was a lifelong resident of Western New York. After graduating from Mount St. Joseph's Academy, she received a bachelor's degree in art from D'Youville College in a degree program jointly directed by D'Youville and the then-Albright Art School. She was honored with an award by the Alumni Association of D'Youville..
Miss Van Dyke began her elementary school teaching career in the Buffalo public schools in 1943, continuing in Hamburg in 1948. She also served as art department chair, co-chaired a New York state model high school humanities program and served on several state-level committees.
In 1972, Miss Van Dyke was included in Outstanding Elementary Teachers in America, and in 1985, the year she retired, was recognized with an award from the New York State Art Educators.
Upon retiring from public school teaching, Miss Van Dyke taught at Trinity Church's Trinity Center, traveled throughout the world and was busy in civic projects.
She helped found the Centennial Art Center of Hamburg, which obtained a 100-year-old one-room schoolhouse and converted it into a community art center; was active in the restoration committee for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff home in Derby; was an active lifetime member of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, serving as a docent and member of the Speaker's Bureau; and was an active member of the 20th Century Club.
Miss Van Dyke's passion for religious art and the architecture of European churches informed her volunteer efforts on behalf of restoration efforts for SS. Peter & Paul Church in Hamburg.
Survivors include a sister, Margaret Holmes of Hamburg.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 2 p.m. Friday in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 68 East Main St., Hamburg.