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April 18, 1926 – Jan. 22, 2013

Jeanette M. Lombardo, a retired physical education teacher at South Park High School, died Tuesday in her South Buffalo home after a short illness. She was 86.

Born Jeanette Daniel in Mannington, W.Va., she earned her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and did graduate studies of Buffalo State College, the University at Buffalo and Canisius College.

She was a high school teacher in Pennsylvania and West Virginia before coming to Buffalo in the late 1940s.

Mrs. Lombardo became a physical education teacher in the Buffalo schools after serving as a substitute teacher locally for a few years. She was at South Park High School for more than 25 years, retiring in 1988.

She also taught health at South Park and coached the cheerleading team and the girls bowling team, which won a state title in the 1960s.

In retirement, she was secretary of Lombardo Funeral Homes and continued working until a few weeks before her death. Her son, Joseph, said that she was instrumental in the success and expansion of the business.

She was a past president of the Lake Erie Italian Club Auxiliary; past president of the Auxiliary of Francis A. Lombardo Post 1037, American Legion; past president of the St. Martin of Tours Seniors; and past president of her Monday night bowling league.

Her husband, Jerome R., a funeral director, died in 1984.

Surviving are two sons, Jerome J. and Joseph P., and a daughter, Jeanette Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Friday in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road.