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Wanda Dougherty Grove, 97, artist who designed official seal for the Town of Hamburg

April 11, 1921 – July 13, 2018

Wanda Mary “Wendy” Grove, a longtime Hamburg resident and artist who designed the official seal for the Town of Hamburg, died July 13 in Stafford Hill Assisted Living, Plymouth, Mass. She was 97.

Born Wanda Daetsch in her parents’ home in Hamburg, she was the second of four children and the daughter of Chester Daetsch, an automobile and farm equipment dealer. She was a 1939 graduate of Hamburg High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. She earned a degree in 1941 from Rochester Institute of Technology, where she studied art.

Following college, she worked designing tombstones in Rochester, then enlisted in the Waves, the women’s branch of the Navy, during World War II. An aviation machinist stationed at Pensacola, Fla., she fueled and turned props on planes for Navy pilots in training and helped other Waves after hours by coding wires in aircraft engines with colored pencils.

After sustaining a back injury, she was transferred to office work and created artwork for the base, including a War Bond poster that read, “Shoot Hitler to the Moon.” Sketches she made as a Wave were sent to the Women’s Records of Military Service in Washington, D.C.

She later did calligraphy for Hamburg High School, the Hamburg Historical Society and Harvard University, inscribing diplomas for Harvard and Radcliffe College graduates. As part of her volunteer work with the Historical Society, she designed the Hamburg town seal in 1962, which is still in use today.

She taught for about 15 years in the Little Lamb Pre School in the Hamburg United Methodist Church. Later she became a senior volunteer in the Hamburg schools.

A Hamburg resident until 2010, she enjoyed cooking, gardening and knitting and was known for her green bean casserole and the knitted hats and mittens she gave as gifts.

She met her first husband, William H. Dougherty, who also was a Navy veteran, at a Memorial Day parade in Hamburg after the war. A transportation coordinator for Pierce and Stevens Chemical Corp., he died in 1983.

She was remarried in 1986 to William H. Grove, owner of Grove Roofing Co., which installed the roof on the new terminal at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. He died in 2006. She also was predeceased by her two sons, Dr. David W. Dougherty and Eric Dougherty.

Survivors include two step-daughters, Peggy Bosze and Andrea Embow; four grandchildren, five step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held in Hamburg at a later date.

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