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Sheila Gibbons, City of Tonawanda teacher, artist

Sheila Gibbons, City of Tonawanda teacher, artist

March 31, 1933 – Sept. 21, 2013

Sheila S. Gibbons, of Getzville, a teacher and an artist, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. She was 80.

Born in Buffalo, the former Sheila Stranahan was a graduate of Bennett High School. Her father was William Patrick Stranahan, director of buildings for the City of Buffalo during the 1930s. He oversaw numerous Depression-era building projects, including Memorial Auditorium.

A longtime North Buffalo resident, she began her education career after raising her family. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Buffalo State College in 1985 and a master’s degree in education there in 1988.

Mrs. Gibbons taught art in Tonawanda city schools for 17 years, retiring in 2005.

A member of the Fine Arts League and an accomplished artist, she first was a painter, then turned to sculpting in soapstone. Her work was displayed at the Amherst Main Library at Audubon. She also wrote poems and children’s stories.

She was a member the Newman Center at the University at Buffalo.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Richard R. Sr.; four daughters, Mary Ellen, Colleen Tunney, Maureen Gold and Kathleen Kirk; and two sons, Richard R. Jr. and John Patrick.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst.

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