Obituary of Diann Zinteck
Diann L. Zinteck, of Buffalo, NY entered into rest on Tuesday August 8, 2017. Diann’s life seemed too short to many of us, but those who were touched by her, understood that the quality of her life far exceeded the quantity of time in which one lives. Diann and her loving husband Donald S. Zinteck and were married on April 20, 1979. Diann was a graduate of Buffalo State College with a BS in Art Education. Diann enjoyed Art throughout her lifetime and expanded those interests with Photography and Jewelry Making. Diann and Don were partners in their art and photography businesses, Photographics 2, and their art gallery “1045 Elmwood Gallery for the Arts,” which promotes the WNY arts scene in all forms of the arts medium. Many “new” and established artists joined their movement in bringing the ‘arts to the public’ with that venue. Expanding her love of art into the garden, Diann became an avid and prolific gardener. Diann learned and identified all varieties of plants. While satisfying her ever search for knowledge and as a lifelong mentor, she passed that learned knowledge to other eager garden enthusiasts. Her combined garden experience and never ending patience, resulted in a “green thumb,” producing some of the most prolific species of plants, which were always on display each summer at their studio garden for the Buffalo Garden Walk. Diann also photographed the striking “Columbine” image, which was selected for the official 2010 Garden Walk Poster. Diann was a lover of animals, and was considered an expert on dogs by her friends and she was a caretaker for all kinds of animals in her lifetime. A competitive athlete in college, Diann participated in field hockey, racquetball and softball. Diann touched all her family and friends during her very memorable life. Survivors include her mother and artist Erma Kratzke, her sisters Susan (Michael) Ziembiec, Martha “Marty” Arnold (Darren Leotta), brother in law Norbert A. Zinteck (Marcia), nephews Matthew (Theresa) Ziembiec, Timothy (Asha) Ziembiec, Andrew (Alyson) Ziembiec, Jeffrey (Tiffany) Zinteck, Thomas (Cheri) Zinteck, and a number of great nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be November 18 from 2-5 pm at their gallery, 1045 Elmwood Gallery for the Arts.