ALLEGANY - Linda L. Sciandra, of 3436 Buffalo Road, passed away Thursday (Sept. 19, 2013) at her home after a lengthy illness, under the loving care of her family.
Born April 30, 1948, in Olean, she was the daughter of Walter and Jean Chapus Kwiatkowski.
On Aug. 12, 1972 in Olean she married Russell J. Sciandra, Jr. who survives.
Mrs. Sciandra was a 1966 graduate of Olean High School and later received a BS in art education at SUNY Buffalo in 1970. She had been employed by the Salamanca City Central School District as an art teacher for 32 years prior to her retirement.
Her love of art was large in scope, including painting, drawing, sculpturing, making furniture and weaving. She also did commissioned art work and has pieces on display throughout the United States, Canada and Pakistan. Teaching children was her passion. They also were subject matter for her artwork and her flower gardens were her outdoor art.
She was a past president of the Salamanca Teachers Association and also was a member of the Allegany-Limestone Central School Board from 1987 to 2003. She served as president of the board for many of those years and presided over the merger of Allegany and Limestone Schools and the construction of the new middle/high school complex.
She was a member of St. John's Church in Olean and the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. She was an avid skier for more than 50 years, and was often in the "bumps" putting the men to shame.
Surviving, besides her husband, are two children, Margo (Nick) Ferraro of Penfield and Ryan (Addie Marino) Sciandra of Brooklyn; two grandchildren, Adriana Belle Ferraro and Nolan Alexander Ferraro; a brother, Gregory Kwiatkowski of Olean; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her mother on Sept. 4, 2004.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home 3128 W. State Rd. Olean. Funeral services will be held Monday (Sept. 23, 2013) beginning with a prayer service at 11 a.m. in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. John's Church. Rev. Edward Sheedy, pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122 (www.ocrf.org
) or to Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 83015, Gaithersburg, MD 20883 (www.trocrf.org
Online condolences may be expressed at www.oleanfuneralhome.com.