Jeanette R. Sciolino, a longtime artist and a lifelong resident of Buffalo, died Thursday in the nursing facility at Canterbury Woods. She was 86.
Mrs. Sciolino spent her childhood on West Avenue and graduated from D'Youville College in 1941 with a degree in accounting. She lived on Busti Avenue until she fell ill in 2002.
Even as a young, stay-at-home mother, Mrs. Sciolino painted for pleasure. In her 50s, she received formal training, beginning at the neighborhood YMCA, followed by private tutoring and programs at Buffalo State College and the Chautauqua Institute, where her work has been exhibited.
For decades, Mrs. Sciolino also sang in the choir at Holy Angels Church in Buffalo. She began studying piano several years ago.
Mrs. Sciolino was predeceased in 2002 by her husband, Anthony R., who founded Latina Importing Co. in Niagara Falls.
Mrs. Sciolino is survived by two daughters, Elaine of Paris and Marianne of New York City; a son, Thomas of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; a sister, Mary Pepe of Buffalo; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Holy Angels Catholic Church, 348 Porter Ave., after prayers at 9 a.m. in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.