Wanda Zastempowski of West Seneca, a fixture at a local dance studio for the past 50 years, died Monday in Mercy Hospital. She was 96.
Born Wanda Seweryn in Buffalo, she graduated from East High School and earned a diploma in business studying nights at Masten Park High School.
In her younger years, she was a dancer in a folk-dancing troupe and passed on her love of dance to her daughter.
Then for a half-century, she served as business manager of Eugenia's Dance Studio in West Seneca, owned by her daughter, Eugenia Smith. Known to thousands of dance students as "Mrs. Z," Mrs. Zastempowski did the bookkeeping, ordered costumes and handled the phone until the day before she died.
Before working at the dance studio, she was a bookkeeper at the Larkin Co. and was an owner of a liquor store on Sycamore Street.
Her husband of 28 years, Theodore, died in 1968.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Zastempowski is survived by a son, Victor Zast.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John Gualbert Catholic Church, Gualbert Avenue at Doat Street, Cheektowaga.