Naomi “Sis” Lasky

Naomi “Sis” Lasky

Naomi “Sis” Lasky, February 15, 1921 – March 1, 2020. 

Two weeks after celebrating her ninety-ninth Birthday with her family, our beloved Mother passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones. She was the cherished daughter of Sam and Bess Brown, dear sister of Albert and Harlin Brown, and the adored wife of her late husband, the love of her life, Manuel Lasky. She is survived by three devoted daughters, Suzanne Lasky (Guy) Rohling, Terry (Alan) Levine, and Jane Lasky, as well as five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, ten nieces and nephews including Bonnie Levens, Nancy Siwak and Jason Brown. Toward the end of her life, she enjoyed a very special relationship with her great-great niece, Molly Siwak. She is also survived by many wonderful friends, including Bettie Gershman, her closest friend for over 80 years.

Born in St. Louis, Naomi was a lifelong resident of Clayton and Ladue. She graduated with honors from Washington University, earning a degree in Psychology, and met her husband, Manne, there while he was attending Law School. “Sis” and “Sweetie” were blessed with sixty blissful years together, raising their family, traveling the world, and enjoying their ever expanding circle of friends. They spent wonderful winters in Palm Springs and were long term members of Westwood Country Club.

While raising three children of her own, Sis volunteered at the Miriam School and Learning Center. She was a long time contributor to Jewish Federation and a Lion of Judah. An outstanding cook and elegant hostess, Mom loved to entertain family and friends, and maintained a welcoming and beautiful home filled with personally collected art and antiques. She brought style and artistry to everything she did. She played tennis and golf with gusto into her eighties, and bridge and Mahjong into her nineties.

Mom had a great sense of humor, and will always be remembered for her remarkable energy, spontaneous laughter and “joie de vivre”. She was kind, thoughtful, generous, devoted to her family and friends, and always available as a source of support. Her children and grandchildren, all unique individuals, will always be thankful for her ability to accept people’s differences and evolve with the changing times. Her love was truly unconditional.

Mom’s strength and resilience were inspirational. She showed us by example how to persevere through challenge and loss, returning to life with renewed energy and enthusiasm to embrace our joys and blessings. We will remain forever grateful for our Mother’s open heart, wisdom and spirit, loving and guiding us from the moment we came into the world and now, even after she is gone from our sight. We celebrate her long and marvelous life blessed with Grace, Beauty and Love.