Weekly Feature

2017-10-11 / Obituaries

Joan A. Bissell, Buffalo artist

Bissell Bissell Joan “Jo” Bissell (nee Walker), 89, of Williamsville, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.

Mrs. Bissell was born in Batavia, New York, in 1928. She went to the Academy Street School from kindergarten through 12th grade. She attended Russell Sage College and Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts before returning to Williamsville, where she married Arthur Douglas Bissell II.

Mrs. Bissell was well known for her watercolor paintings and colorful landscapes, which were shown in various Buffalo galleries, including the Albright-Knox and Impact Gallery. She was a founding member of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, and in 1953, co-founded the Williamsville Art Society.

She enjoyed skiing, playing tennis, bike rides and travelling. With her husband, she was a founding member of the original Buffalo Ski Club. She spent time on the Women’s Board of the Buffalo Zoo and was a past volunteer of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Mrs. Bissell also enjoyed memberships in the Twentieth Century Club, the Country Club of Buffalo and the Lake Placid Club.

Mrs. Bissell is survived by three children, Arthur III, Cinda Stone and Dan Bissell; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and one sibling, James Walker.

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville. Arrangements were made by the Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home Inc.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo or the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

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