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Esther F. Bassett


January 13, 2015


Esther F. Bassett, 94, formerly of 16 Rushtown Road Danville PA passed away Monday, January 12, 2015 at Nottingham Village Nursing Center Northumberland PA.

She was born January 23, 1920 in Rush Township, PA the daughter of the late Robert J. and Ellen Jane Delong Forney. 

She graduated from Danville High School in 1937.  After high school, she thoroughly enjoyed working at J.J. Newberry in Danville PA. 

Esther was married to her husband of 63 years, Russell F. Bassett who preceded her in death February 2, 2006.  They were married May 27, 1942. 

She was a member of the former Rushtown Methodist Church Rush Township PA where she taught Sunday School and led youth groups and later a member of St. Peter's United Methodist Church Riverside PA.  

Esther was an excellent baker and she loved gardening, especially caring for all her flower gardens.  She was a 4H leader and helped many girls learn to sew.  Esther loved to read and do crossword puzzles.  She and Russ had a love of the game Scrabble, and for the last 30 years of Russell's life they had a date every evening with the Scrabble board.  Above all, Esther was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother to her family whom she adored.  

She is survived by one daughter, Jane B. Herman and her husband Kenneth of Danville PA.  Also surviving is one grandson, Mark D. Bassett and his wife Amber of Bloomsburg PA and one granddaughter, Marcie H. Riebe and her husband Peter of Scranton PA.  She is also survived by one great-grandson, Ty David Bassett.  She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Marie K Bassett of Paradise PA.  

She was preceded in death by her son, David E. Bassett in 2011.  Esther was the last member of her immediate family.  She was preceded in death by five brothers; Corey, James, Robert, Carl and Millard and three sisters; Natalie Swartz, Bertha Pick and Mabel Scheetz. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services to be held, Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM  at Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville PA with the Reverend Dr. Donald N. Hurley officiating.  Burial will follow in Rush Presbyterian Cemetery Snydertown Road Danville PA.  Friends will be received from 9:30 AM to the time of the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's United Methodist Church PO Box 428 Riverside PA  17868.  www.visneski.com

 


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