March 24, 1924 – February 26, 2022
Bernadette A. Collier, who had trained as a weather observer during World War II and worked at the Buffalo Museum of Science, died Feb. 26 under hospice care following a fall. She was 97 years old.
Former Bernadette A. Eller lived in East Amherst at Solstice Senior Living until last December.
Born in the family home in a part of Cheektowaga known as Forks, she attended Our Lady Help of Christians Elementary School and graduated, at age 16, from the old Pine Hill High School. She then attended SUNY Buffalo State, earning a bachelor’s degree. But there was more to his upbringing than a traditional type of education.
During World War II, she traveled to New York to train as a weather observer. She received an assignment at Buffalo Airport and its Weather Bureau. It was while working at the Weather Bureau that she met meteorologist James S. Collier, who became her husband.
The couple lived in Cheektawaga for a time. In 1963 they moved to Williamsville.
Her husband, who developed a method to predict lake effect snowstorms, died in 2000.
In addition to her weather observing work, Ms Collier worked at the Science Museum, where she assisted Ruth Sparrow, the research librarian, her family said.