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Mary Weiss Repec, artist, philanthropist, actress

Nov. 28, 1926 – Dec. 24, 2013

Artist and philanthropist Mary Weiss Repec, who was known for her contributions to the city’s arts community, died Tuesday in the hospice unit of Buffalo General Medical Center. She was 87.

Born in Buffalo, the daughter of the late Edwin J. Weiss and Estelle Reeb Weiss continued her parents’ legacy as a supporter of the arts locally, becoming a vibrant part of Buffalo’s arts and theater communities.

“She was interested in everything – the theater, the arts, the preservation of Buffalo,” said her daughter, Jenny Repec. “She really loved it here and was very comfortable here.”

Mrs. Weiss Repec attended Franklin School, Buffalo Seminary, Vassar College, University of Geneva, University of Madrid, Columbia University and the Academie Julian in Paris.

She met and married Michel des Vallieres while studying sculpture at the Academie Julian during the late 1940s. They lived in France before moving to New York, where they studied at Columbia University. Their marriage ended in divorce after 11 years.

In 1961, Mrs. Weiss Repec married Charles F. Repec, and the couple lived in Spain, where they studied at the University of Madrid before returning to Buffalo to raise a family.

Soon after their return, Mrs. Weiss Repec became a lead actress for the Studio Theatre. She also managed the first solo exhibits for local artists, including Gene Vass.

Even while supporting other artists, Mrs. Weiss Repec earned praise for her own work, primarily portrait sculpture.

Along with her contribution to the arts, Mrs. Weiss Repec was a member of various social clubs, including the Junior League, and supported local charities.

She was also a skilled tennis player, skier and pianist.

Her husband of 51 years died in 2002.

Survivors in addition to her daughter include a grandson.

There will be no public service.

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