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Estelle M. Crino, educator, artist

March 30, 1932 - Jan. 27, 2017

SILVER CREEK  - Estelle M. Crino, longtime teacher,  artist and author who was active in the Silver Creek community, died Jan. 27 in the TLC Health Network nursing facility, Irving, following a short illness. She was 84.

The former Estelle Wade was borne in Clifton, N.J.,  and graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in Paterson, N.J. At the age of 18, she entered the  Franciscan Sisters in Allegany and began a  45-year  teaching career. She taught classes in art appreciation, art content and method to teachers in high school and college. In 1969, she took a leave of absence from the Franciscan community and began teaching at School 37 in Buffalo.

She  returned to Silver Creek and married Benjamin W. Crino in 1972.

In 1979, Mrs. Crino was appointed elementary principal in the Gowanda Central School District, where she served for 14 years. She retired from a 45 years career in education in 1993.

After retiring, Mrs. Crino served as director of religious education at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church for five years.

She designed and built Pinewoods Cottage in Silver Creek and operated it as a bed-and-breakfast business..

Mrs. Crino  holds a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Bonaventure University, a master’s degree from SUNY Buffalo State and a doctor of education in curriculum development and planning from the University at Buffalo. She also was active in a Ph.D program at Capella University until becoming ill.

Mrs. Crino was a member of the Board of Visitors of J.N. Adam Developmental Center, Silver Creek/Irving Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and Town of Hanover Board of Assessment Review.

She authored books including “Before and After, The Antics of Three Franciscan Sister’s” and “Who Lives in the Little Pink House,” a children’s book.

In 2011, Mrs. Crino established a scholarship for promising women leaders through the Foundation at SUNY Fredonia's College of Education.

She was a member Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church  for many years, and served as a Eucharistic minister and lecturer.

She is predeceased by her husband. Survivors include a sister, Jean Carol DeBoer.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Wednesday in  Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Silver Creek.

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