GOWANDA - Patricia Diane Brown, 79, of Walnut Street, Gowanda, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, NY.
Patricia, more commonly known as Diane, was born in Gowanda on May 23, 1934, the daughter of the late Eugene and Katherine Crotty Burger.
A graduate of Gowanda High School, Class of '52, Diane went on to receive her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She graduated from Geneseo in 1956. After graduation, she married Richard Arnold Brown at the First United Methodist Church in Gowanda on October 22, 1956. Arnie passed away suddenly November 8, 1983. Diane's teaching career began at the Thomas Indian School, after which she began her nearly 35-year teaching career with the Gowanda School District. She taught fourth and fifth grade in the Gowanda Elementary School, retiring in 1990.
Survivors include two daughters, Deborah S. Brown and Cynthia (Stephen) Brown-Murphy, and a sister, Lugene (Edward) Cygan, all of Gowanda.
Friends may call at the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME 44 Center St., (716)-532-4200, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o'clock on Friday, December 27, 2013, where funeral services will be held Saturday, December 28, at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Gowanda. The Rev. Sue Hodges will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Collins Free Library, Collins, NY 14034, or to a Western New York Animal Shelter of one's choice.