Marie L. BassaMarie L. Bassa, 95, of Duluth, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Diamond Willow's Advanced Care Assisted Living (Lake Superior Cottage) in Proctor.
MARIE L. BASSA
Marie L. Bassa, 95, of Duluth, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Diamond Willow's Advanced Care Assisted Living (Lake Superior Cottage) in Proctor.
Marie was born in Duluth Jan. 29, 1918, to Joseph and Sophie (Sojka) Janczak. She graduated from Denfeld High School in 1936 and was employed as a secretary at Red Star Yeast. In 1941 she married Philip J. Bassa and they lived in Brookston, Minn., for 8 years before moving to Duluth. In Duluth she was employed as a receptionist at Dr. Barrett's Pediatric Office and later with Duluth Water and Gas. Early on, Marie was active in the PTA and also served as a Sunday school teacher at St. Josephat's National Catholic Church. Marie was an avid gardener growing beautiful flowers and wonderful vegetables. She enjoyed visits to Florida to be with her son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a great love of classical music and children, especially her granddaughter, Nicole, who Marie said, "was good for her soul." She loved bird watching and animals especially her daughter's therapy dogs, Lance and Toula, who visited her frequently.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Bassa, in 1991; sisters Irene Bassa, Dorothy Bussa, Florence Lofald and Margaret Pederson; brothers Frank Janczak and Stanley Janczak; sister-in-law Audrey Janczak; brothers-in-law Ted Bassa and Edward Bussa.
Marie is survived by those who dearly loved her: son Phil (Marita) Bassa of Crystal River, Fla.; daughter Jan Peterson of Duluth; granddaughter Nicole Bassa of Ashville, N.C.; great-grandchildren Jordan Bassa-Cornwell and Riley Bassa-Cornwell of Homosassa, Fla.; sister Marcella (Arthur) Thompson of Esko; brother Wallace (Eileen) Janczak of Duluth; brothers-in-law Marvin Lofald and Howard Pederson; and many special nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family is in deep appreciation of the angels of Diamond Willow for their constant tender, loving, quality care of Marie over the past year: house coordinator, Jen; nurses Jody, Mayme, and Mel; and care specialists, Katie, Downal, Natasha, Jolene, Nicole, Ali, Joyce and Danielle. They were her second family. We also greatly thank the Rev. Theo Park, Rev. Cindy Peterson-Wlosinski, Rev. Stephen Wlosinski, Dr. George Apostolou, Leann Baker (Marie's godchild), Donna Mae (Marie's roommate who kept a watchful eye on her), Bill and Laurie Bastian, Elena Knezevich, St. Luke's Hospice and the wonderful people at St. Andrew's who always made Marie feel so special.
VISITATION: 2 until the 3 p.m. celebration of life Saturday, May 11, in St. Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church, 2802 Minnesota Ave., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, if anyone so desires, memorials to St. Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church (the little church with the big heart reaching out to those in need) would be appreciated.
Arrangements entrusted to Cremation Society of Minnesota, 218-624-5200.
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