Mary J. Bassett age 94 of Portage passed away peacefully on June 2, 2017 at Heritage House in Portage.
Mary was born on February 26, 1923, the only child born to Ben and Erna (Schmidtbauer) Palmer. On September 22, 1944, she married C. Lee Bassett the love of her life she met at UW Madison. They wed during his World War II service as Lieutenant Navigator in the Navy.
Mary worked as a legal secretary and later helped her mother Erna operate the family business Loreli Fashions for many years until 1983 when she and Lee retired to Florida until 2007 returning to Portage to be closer to family.
Mary is survived by her daughter Pam (Doug) Williams, her granddaughters Rachel Schaaf and Brianne Williams; great grandchildren Elijah Colson, Ben and Kaylee Schaaf
She was preceded in death by her Parents, husband Lee in 2007 and son Lee “mike” Bassett in 2011.
A private family memorial service is being held for Mary. We all feel so blessed to have had one of the best mom’s, grandma and great grandma.
Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and school, Agrace Hospice or the charity of your choice.
Thank you to all the staff at Heritage House and Agrace Hospice care for their wonderful care and support.
Kratz Funeral Home- Portage (www.kratzfuneralhome.com) is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mary J. Bassett
February 26, 1923
June 02, 2017