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April 30, 1957-July 3, 2013

Rebecca G. Lasch, 56, of Amherst, a former teacher at the University at Buffalo and well-known local singer, musician and gardener, died July 3 in Tucson, Ariz.

Mrs. Lasch was born in Harrisburg, Pa., and moved to Amherst with her family in 1959. She graduated from Williamsville South High School in 1975.

After earning a degree in French from the University at Buffalo, Mrs. Lasch spent a year studying in Grenoble, France, developing a lifelong love of the French language and culture. Years later, she visited France with her daughter Julia G. LoVullo.

Mrs. Lasch taught in the English Language Institute at the University at Buffalo.

She held a degree in Christian counseling, and also taught Vacation Bible School.

Mrs. Lasch participated in the Eggertsville Garden Walk for many years.

She sang in several church choirs and enjoyed playing the recorder and flute. During the last two years, she gave behind-the-scenes creative suggestions, ideas and support to the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, especially for its February 2013 concert.

In December 2012, she traveled to Sierra Vista, Ariz., where her sister, Elizabeth Speck, would be her caregiver for the last months of her life.

Mrs. Lasch is also survived by her mother, Joan Fishburn of Amherst, and another daughter, Stephanie A. Anger.