Tonawanda News


May 9, 2013

William J. Lasky

NORTH TONAWANDA — William J. Lasky, 90, of North Tonawanda, Wednesday (May 8, 2013), after a brief Illness. Mr. Lasky was born in Dinwood, KY on February 4, 1923 to Daniel and Mathlida (Geceliak) Lasky. William moved with his family to Tonawanda, NY as a child. Prior to completing his Senior year at the Tonawanda High School, he joined the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1943 and served in the European Theatre. Mr. Lasky also                          volunteered for the Battle of the Bulge. Upon returning home he completed high school and accepted a scholarship to play football at the Indiana University. William was employed at The Buffalo Steel Mill in Gastown and later with the Tonawanda Fire Department. He later retired as a heavy duty equipment operator. William was a retired charter member of the Eldredge Bicycle Club, North Tonawanda Benevolent Order of the Elks #860, The Renaissance Club and the North Tonawanda Senior Citizen Center. He was an avid fan of horse racing, football and family games of Texas Hold'em. He also enjoyed penny poker night with family. He saved a date for cards and a bacon roast with Dave, Grubby and Butch.

William is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rita Buchanan Dillon Lasky; father of Michael (Sue Sapperstein) Lasky, Susan (James) Jesella, Colleen M. Lasky and Kelly Galus; brother of Lillian (the late Norman) Denk, Olga (the late John) Holleran, Pearl (the late Donald) Lane, Carole and the late Charles Laskay, and the late Frank and Julius Lasky; beloved granddaughter, "Little Pumpkin" Adrielle M. Lasky. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews; and dear to his heart friends, Patricia and Barry Hibbert.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at the Wattengel Funeral Home, 307 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 11 AM from Our Lady of Czestochowa, Oliver and Center Sts., North Tonawanda. Flowers gratefully declined.      Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Buffalo Chapter #1.


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