Virginia Jackstadt was an exhibition water-skier in the early 1930s, ballet teacher for most of her life, mentor, friend, and mother. She passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid.
Born in Newport News, Virginia on Dec. 11, 1922, she was the only child of Harold Weston and Liss Clement Heald. Just after she graduated from college in 1946, Virginia married Edwin R. Raymaley Jr., a surgeon newly returned from the War.
Seven years and five kids later, the family moved from a little house in town to a house she built on Cumberland Head, giving her kids an unfettered lifestyle and herself some breathing room. Soon after she opened the Valcour School of Ballet where she taught until 1962, at which time she arrived in Lake Placid with her next husband, Ellsworth Jackstadt. They purchased a big Victorian house on Signal Hill and created a crazy, eccentric, sometimes raucous, magical household which she presided over into her mid-eighties.
She knitted, she sewed, she cooked, she laughed, most often at herself. She worked and she danced. There was nothing she couldn’t do and very little she didn’t. Virginia often said that when she “went” it would be in a poof. It did not happen that way. And then, it did.
Survivors include her son, Michael Raymaley (Susan); daughters Suellen Crabbe (Cuffy), Jeannine Keegan (Bill) and Bonnie Kassen (David); and grandchildren, Clay Linn, Mark Keegan, Karen Marie Keegan, and Jacqueline Belknap; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Her youngest daughter, Kimme Barton Raymaley, predeceased her eight years ago.
There are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the North Elba Cemetery in Lake Placid at a later date.
The M. B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements.
Donations in Virginia’s name can be made to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Ave., Lake Placid, NY 12946.
Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory or leave condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.