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June 6, 1919 – Dec. 5, 2013

Jean M.V. Conroy, a longtime home economics instructor for SUNY Buffalo State who was active in the community, died Thursday in her Williamsville home. She was 94.

The former Jean Abendoth was born in Buffalo and graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy. She earned a bachelor of science degree in home economics from the College of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, and a master’s degree in home economics from the University of Buffalo.

Mrs. Conroy retired as an associate professor of home economics at SUNY Buffalo State in 1981 after a 40-year career.

She served on the boards of Emergency Hospital Seton Guild and Buffalo Psychiatric Center, and was a member of the International Honorary Teachers Society, Education Committee and Speakers Bureau for the Mental Health Association of Erie County, and served as president of the Western District Home Economics Association and on the boards of Mount St. Joseph Academy and St. Mary Seminary Guild.

Mrs. Conroy was a member of the American Home Economics Association, New York State Home Economics Association, New York State Teachers Association, American Federation of Teachers and Erie County Republicans Club.

She enjoyed painting and sports.

Her husband, James “Murray,” died in 1957.

Survivors include four daughters, Judith A. McDonald, Jean M. Hayes, Joyce M. Schaefer and Janis L. Capuana.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St., Buffalo.