Virginia Jackstadt

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Virginia Jackstadt

December 11, 1922 - January 03, 2019

Virginia Jackstadt Virginia Jackstadt passed away Jan. 3, 2019, at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid. She was an exhibition water-skier in the early 1930s, ballet teacher for most of her life, mentor, friend, and mother.
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), and 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 at 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. Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory or leave condolences at
Published on January 8, 2019
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Stephen & Kathy Travis
Jan 09, 2019
Micheal, Kathy and I are deeply sorry for your loss. Your mom was an amazing inspiration in the way she lived her life and with the people she worked with and taught. I know you'll miss her, but she had a great life thanks to you and the rest of your family.
Our Best to you and Susan
Steve & Kathy.
Susan Babcock
Jan 08, 2019
I was always in awe what an elegant lady Virginia was. She always carried herself with such poise and grace. She made me laugh, made me cry and taught me everything I know about knitting. I will miss her.
Eric Parisi
Jan 08, 2019
I was blessed to have known Virginia and live in that crazy Victorian house for many years. Thanks to her I am still happily in the Lake Placid area. Couldn’t ask for a better landlady, mentor and friend. I will miss her.
Mary Hart
Jan 08, 2019
I always enjoyed when Virgie would come to visit Suellen and we all would go to lunch and do a little shopping. Looked forward to it always. Rest in Peace