Teacher shared love of art wherever she went
Constance “Connie” Vaskov brought her passion for art wherever she went.
“She just loved to make every place she went look a little bit more beautiful,” said her daughter, Victoria Sheridan. “She couldn’t help herself.”
Mrs. Vaskov would make ceramics and other artsy gifts for her friends. She’d help decorate her church for holidays and other special occasions. And she’d spread the love of creativity to the many students she had as an art teacher at St. Maurice Grade School in Forest Hills, St. James Grade School in Wilkinsburg and Penn-Trafford High School.
“The tributes from all of her former students at any of the schools she taught at are amazing,” said her husband, Eugene Vaskov. “She was able to get her students to realize their talents in the arts.”
Constance A. (Brucker) Vaskov of Murrysville, formerly of Forest Hills, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019. She was 65.
She was born June 19, 1953, to the late Drew and Jean Brucker.
She inherited her artistic streak from her parents. Her mother used to teach painting classes out of the family basement, and her father would make stained glass and other projects.
A graduate of Churchill High School, she was a student at Edinboro University when she got a summer job with the Allegheny County Parks Department.
She was hired to illustrate a pamphlet about local geology for park visitors. Eugene Vaskov, her future husband and fellow student, was hired to write the pamphlet.
“We got to just be friends, and then we found out we lived near each other and we decided to carpool,” he said.
They were married 43 years.
“She was a vibrant woman, so creative and talented with art and music especially,” said her son, the Rev. Nicholas Vaskov. “And she spread her gift for those things through teaching and church.”
Mrs. Vaskov was a devout Catholic. Faith brought the family together, as they helped with church projects and events.
“We were always a part of that; it became a family affair,” Nicholas Vaskov said.
She was eager to volunteer and to spend time with friends.
“She was just exuberant. She was full of life, very outgoing,” her daughter said. “She loved learning about other people; she loved talking to people.”
Mrs. Vaskov is survived by her husband, Eugene Vaskov; daughter Victoria “Tia” Sheridan and her husband Thomas, of Morristown, N.J.; son Father Nicholas Vaskov of Pittsburgh and two grandchildren.
Friends are welcome from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. James Church, Wilkinsburg.
She will be entombed privately in All Saints Braddock Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or Sisters Place, 418 Mitchell Ave., Clairton, PA 15025.
Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter .