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Betty Jane Wehle, school founder July 15, 1943 -- Dec. 26, 2006

Betty Jane Wehle of Buffalo died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital. She was 63.

Born Betty Jane Nelson in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Amherst Central High School. She studied art at the Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France, the University of Cincinnati and Buffalo State College.

Mrs. Wehle worked for Hunt Real Estate as a real estate agent for several years and was owner-operator of the Art Attic, an antique store on Hertel Avenue, during the 1990s.

She founded the Southtowns Montessori School.

Survivors include four daughters, Lisa Bate, Kimberly Brown, Christina Bauer and Colleen James; a son, Michael; and her mother, Ann Nelson.

A private memorial service will be held.

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