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Jacquelyn A. Lasky, longtime teacher, saleswoman

Nov. 13, 1926 – April 23, 2015

Jacquelyn A. Lasky of the City of Tonawanda, who taught physical education for many years in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda schools, died Thursday at Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. She was 88.

Born Jacquelyn Armantrout in Frankfort, Ind., she spent her early years on the road with her parents, Harold and Mary Kathryn Armantrout, who were both vaudeville musicians.

She attended Frankfort schools and earned a physical education degree from University of Indiana.

To help pay her tuition, she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter,” a cultural icon of the U.S. representing the American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II.

During those years she met and married her husband, Frank E. Lasky, who died in 1978.

She taught physical education in the 1960s and 1970s, while at the same time teaching adult classes in gym, volleyball and swimming.

In 1979, she began another career in sales for the Women’s Publishing Co., a job that kept her traveling to many small communities along the East Coast. She later worked at several sales jobs, finally retiring from Sears in 2007 at the age of 81.

She played softball and volleyball with local teams into her late 70s. She enjoyed music, theater and the arts and was an enthusiastic volunteer at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. She also was a member of the Women’s Health Initiative at the University of Buffalo.

She is survived by two sons, Jeffrey and Joseph; three daughters, Jennifer Gribbon, Jane Formato and Judith Prezioso; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 150 Broad St., City of Tonawanda.