Julius J. Lasko Jr., 85, of Bridgeport, formerly of Fairfield, died March 1, 2010.

Born and raised in Fairfield, a Bridgeport resident for many years, he was a veteran of World War II. Lasko enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force as a cadet and served on many Air Force bases in the U.S. He was stationed in the Pacific area of operations and flew many missions as flight engineer on many different types of aircraft.

After completing his Air Force service, he was employed as a toolmaker at Bead Chain Manufacturing Co. While at Bead, he served as president of the Bead Chain Employees Council and president of the Bead Chain 25-year club. He was very active in all phases of manufacturing, including the Connecticut Association of Manufacturing and the Bridgeport Industrial Association of Manufacturing.

Lasko was active in sports, including the bowling team and manager of the Bead Chain Softball team in the Bridgeport Industrial league. After assuming the job of being a foreman in every department of Bead, he was promoted to the sales department and, after traveling thousands of miles, he was named sales manager of Bead Chain Division. He retired after more than 50 years of service.

After retiring from Bead, he became assistant manager of the Discovery Store, manager of International Cutlery and assistant manager of Godive Chocolates.

Survivors include his daughters, Virginia Moffitt-Van Ollefen of Fairfield, Judith Price of New York City, and Katrina Lasko Padillo of Newtown; one brother, Robert Lasko of Fairfield; two grandchildren, Cynthia Raney and Griffin Bunn, two great-grandchildren, Connor and Cameron Raney; two nieces; and a dear friend and companion, Cathy Rinaldi.

Calling hours will take place Thursday, March 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield; a prayer service led by Rev. Paul Whitmore will begin at 6 p.m.

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