Louise Levi Obletz, antique expert and mother of five, died last Wednesday in Canterbury Woods senior living facility, Amherst, after a brief illness. She was 86.
Mrs. Obletz attended Buffalo Seminary and graduated from The Park School in 1939. She also attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and was active in alumni organizations at those schools.
After college, she traveled widely, living briefly in Cambridge, Mass., before she returned to Buffalo. She also was employed as an elementary school teacher.
Mrs. Obletz's lifelong passion was antiques and home decoration.
After she began selling antiques from her home in what she called a "barn sale," she decided to open an antique store. For 30 years, she operated antique shops, including Blue Eagle Antiques on Bernhardt Drive before opening Antiques and Found Objects in Snyder Square. She was also active in antique co-ops in Clarence and did antique consulting.
Mrs. Obletz also renovated homes, which she would decorate as a resident, then sell furnished. Her areas of expertise were early American antique and American primitives, country pine furniture, and Quimper and Staffordshire china and figurines.
Mrs. Obletz, known as "Weezie" to her five children and 13 grandchildren, is survived by three sons, Douglas, Stephen, and Thomas, and a daughter, Betsy.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. June 16 in the Chapel at Forest Lawn.