Aug. 11, 1923 – Nov. 4, 2012

Eleanor Riester Treiber, a retired elementary school principal, died Sunday in her Buffalo home. She was 89.

Born in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree from D’Youville College before launching her career teaching children with developmental disabilities at schools in Virginia and North Carolina.

She returned to Western New York and began teaching kindergarten in the Grand Island School District, then went on to earn her master’s degree in education from the University of Buffalo.

In 1960, Mrs. Riester Treiber was appointed supervisor of elementary education in the Amherst School District. In 1965, she accepted a position as principal at Robert Morris School in Batavia. She retired in 1978.

Mrs. Riester Treiber served as president of the board of Ars Nova and attended all of its concerts. At age 86, she accompanied her cousins on a trip to Germany and Switzerland to meet with their European relatives.

She recently established the Kathy Kinton Kerr Memorial Endowment at Park School in memory of her daughter.

Her husband, Udo H., died in 1998.

She is survived by a stepson, Kurt.

Services are private.