Joan Measer, 81, trustee emeritus of the Amherst Museum and a dedicated community leader, died Monday in Sarasota, Fla.
The former Joan Moesel was the wife of George J. Measer, retired publisher of the Bee Group Newspapers.
The couple celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last month.
Mrs. Measer was a longtime supporter of the Amherst Museum, which was established in 1971. Patrick G. Lucey, president of the museum's board of trustees, said Mrs. Measer's capacity for fresh ideas blended with a sensible business approach, making her invaluable to the museum.
"She put her life into the museum, and all it offers to the town," he said. "We feel fortunate to have worked with her. Joan left a mark on this town that can never be taken away."
An Eggertsville native, Mrs. Measer was a graduate of Amherst Central High School and the Rochester Institute of Technology. She served as co-chairman of the Joint Charities of Williamsville, a predecessor of the United Way, and was a board member of the local chapter of the Visiting Nurses Association of America.
Mrs. Measer was a charter member of the Williamsville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She also was a founding member and past treasurer of the Daemen College Associates and a member of the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Operating Board from 1981 to 1990. She received the Amherst Republican Committee's Community Service Award in 1994.
A member of the American Needlework Guild, she was a member of the Embroiderers Guild of America for almost 30 years and served as treasurer from 1984 to 1990.
She is survived by her husband, George J. Measer; a son, Trey; and two daughters, Karen Measer Hadala and Kimberly Measer Sindall.
A memorial Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 3 in SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.