Mary K. Bertell, a retired Buffalo art teacher, died Thursday. She was 86.
Born in Buffalo, Miss Bertell was a graduate of St. Mary's High School, Albright Art School and Buffalo State College, where she earned a degree in art education. She also had a degree in art history from the University at Buffalo.
Miss Bertell began her teaching career in Skaneateles, where she taught for three years before returning to Buffalo to work at Fosdick-Masten Park High School. She later transferred to Kensington High School and specialized in design and mechanical drawing. She retired in the mid-1980s.
After retirement, she maintained her passion for art, taking up new forms, including icon painting. She also enjoyed crafts such as knitting and crocheting.
A travel enthusiast, Miss Bertell visited many European destinations to further her knowledge of art history. She enjoyed many local performing arts events and was an active member in the College Club.
Surviving is a sister, Rosalie.
A memorial Mass was offered Monday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Williamsville.