Jean Elizabeth Dunn, a former day care provider who also taught sewing classes in Cheektowaga, died Thursday in The Waters at Orchard Park nursing home after a short illness. She was 81.
Born and raised in Buffalo, the former Jean Slattery attended Fosdick-Masten Park High School. After she and Clinton "Pinky" Dunn married, they lived in Cheektowaga prior to moving to Arcade in 1986. Mr. Dunn, her husband of more than 50 years, died in 2004.
A homemaker with four children, Mrs. Dunn owned and operated Dunn's Day Care, providing care to a multitude of children. She taught sewing at Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga and worked briefly in the early to mid-1950s for Westinghouse.
Mrs. Dunn collected for the Community Chest and was actively involved in fund-raising efforts for the initial construction of St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga. Along with her husband, she was an avid Bills fan and held season tickets for decades. She loved to travel, and was a relative of boxer Jimmy Slattery, who will be inducted in June into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota.
The boxer was a pall bearer for the 1940 funeral of Mrs. Dunn's father, Nicholas Slattery, said her daughter, Patricia Ann of Falls Church, Va.
"She always called him his uncle . . . but I think it might be a cousin or second cousin," she said.
Surviving along with Patricia Dunn is another daughter, Susan Zeitz of Hamburg; two sons, Gary of North Charleston, S.C., and Clinton of Arcade; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Urban-Amigone Funeral Home, 3645 Genesee St. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.