on December 9, 2013 - 8:39 PM
, updated December 11, 2013 at 1:41 AM
Nov. 17, 1911 – Dec. 7, 2013
Nina Sweeney, of Amherst, a nurse and physical therapist, died Saturday in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville. She was 102.
Mrs. Sweeney was director of physical therapy at the Crippled Children’s Guild during the polio epidemic of the early 1940s.
She later was director of physical therapy at Niagara Frontier Rehabilitation Center and the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York for 18 years.
Born Nina Dorey in Madison, Wis., one of six children, she was a graduate of Gowanda High School, the Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Buffalo.
Mrs. Sweeney also trained in London with Drs. Karel and Berta Bobath, originators of a rehab technique for adult stroke victims and children with cerebral palsy, in neuro-development treatment of infants.
She established the first infant program at United Cerebral Palsy.
Mrs. Sweeney was a life member of the Buffalo General Hospital Alumni Association and the American Physical Therapy Association.
She was a member of the St. Aloysius Senior Citizens.
Her husband, Arthur E., died in 1964.
Survivors include two daughters, Holly and Candee.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.