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Kathleen M. Bassell

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Service: 11:00am Sat. March 2nd, 2019
Location: St. Bernard Catholic Church

BASSELL, Kathleen “Kathy” Marie (Kelly), of Springfield, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2019 in Upper Valley Medical Center’s Hospice Unit. Kathy was born on November 5, 1956 in Springfield to John and Carol (Oswald) Kelly. She married Michael Bassell on September 11, 2004. Kathy spent many years as a caregiver for the elderly in the Springfield area, always turning a “job” into friendships. She cared deeply for her charges and sought to make their later years a time of joy. Kathy worked for Oakwood Village, Eaglewood Village, the Masonic Home, and Champaign Residential Services. Her smile, positive outlook and cheery disposition always warmed the hearts of her clients. Kathy never met a person she didn’t immediately connect with and would leave them feeling like they had known each other for years. Since 2001, her favorite role was that of “Grandma Tatey” to her five grandchildren. She was never afraid to get down and dirty with her loves, whether it be planting marigolds in the back yard, digging for treasure, or a simple game of cards at the coffee table. Her grandchildren adored her kid-at-heart nature, assuring them a lifetime of memories. She also adored her lively canine children, Wrinkles and Wiggles. The dogs were her “kids” and treated like such, consuming far too much room in the bed at night and far too many table scraps. Kathy has always been a bargain hunter, enjoying the thrill of the hunt at neighborhood garage sales, the Animal League Thrift Shop, the Nearly New Shop, her son-in-law and daughter’s consignment shop in Grand Rapids, Ohio, and the Annual Wood County Humane Society Garage Sale in Bowling Green, which she traveled to every May to spend a week of volunteering and loading up on bargains under the guise of visiting her daughter, Sarah and her family. Her hunting always centered around others and how a particular item (which she usually got “for just a quarter”) could help them - after all, every household should contain a lettuce knife for when the sudden craving for a salad strikes. A roll of quarters for the just-happened upon garage sale was always in her purse, although occasionally, a grandchild would talk a quarter out of that roll for a handful of candy. Kathy attended St. Bernard School in her early years, later graduating in 1974 from Catholic Central High School. She attended the former Pitchin United Methodist Church, under the pastoral care of her good friend, Rev. Paul Price. While attending Pitchin UMC, Kathy enjoyed being a part of the annual Applebutter Festival, working as a server for the Porkchop Dinner, helping with the craft show, taking a turn to churn the applebutter, or preparing it for canning. Kathy loved to be a helping hand to anyone she could, frequently babysitting her grandchildren, pet-sitting for friends, or volunteering where needed. Kathy would never bat an eye at doing all she could to make sure her friends, families, and even the newly-friended acquaintance felt peaceful and at home in her presence. Kathy is survived by her husband, Michael; son, William and daughter-in-law, Sarah (Morris) Herzog, all of Springfield; daughter, Sarah (Herzog) and son-in-law Joseph Schroeder, Weston; grandchildren, Aaron, Julia, & Lacy Schroeder, all of Weston; Peyton & Kailee Herzog, Springfield; father, John Kelly, Springfield, sisters, Christine Callahan, Springboro and Mary (Steve) Cornell, Springfield; brother, Joseph (Heidi) Kelly, Bellefontaine, two nieces, two nephews, a step-daughter Jessica (Lejon) Ratchford, Huber Heights; and step-children Eric (Amy) Bassell, Springfield and Kenneth, Troy. She was preceded in death by her mother, Carol (Oswald) Kelly on June 5, 2016 and son, Mark William Herzog, on January 3, 1980. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, March 1st from 4-7 at Conroy Funeral Home, Springfield. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 11am at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Final interment will be at St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Springfield, beside her first-born son, Mark William. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kathy’s honor may be made to the Dayton Children’s Hospital or the charity of the donor’s choice. The family wishes to thank the Upper Valley Hospice staff for their compassionate care in her final days.
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We are sadden of the passing of our beloved Aunt. She was a joy to all and we will miss her deeply. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her beloved husband Mike and her family.

- Trent & Debbie McAfee, Friday March 1st, 2019

Grandma Katie was and still will hold a special place in my heart. She could always lighten a dark mood and make anyone smile. Grandma Katie treated me like one of her own grandchildren, and showed me that there are people in this Earth that can make anyone feel like they belong. May you Rest In Peace and may her family find comfort in God’s word and through family and friends.

- Erin Mielewski , Friday March 1st, 2019

Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God's word at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you during this difficult time.

- D. Harris , Thursday February 28th, 2019

So very sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. She was such a nice person. Thoughts and prayers to all the family. Class of 1974.

- Laura Dancy, Thursday February 28th, 2019

Dear Family, I am saddened to hear of the passing of a fellow classmate. Kathleen was a very kind and sweet Soul. My condolences to you all, Maria

- Maria Dellapina, Thursday February 28th, 2019

Such a beautiful tribute! I have not seen Kathy since our class graduation in 1974. She led a beautiful, kind, and generous life! From her picture, she hadn’t changed much at all. Still so youthful looking, which is a testament to her joy of life. My sincere condolences to the family. Sue (CCHS ‘74)

- Sue Whitacre Carter, Thursday February 28th, 2019

Dear Mike, I was so sad to hear that you lost your wife. It sounds like she was a beautiful person My dearest sympathy. Your cousin, Judy

- Judy Knisley, Thursday February 28th, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in My thoughts and prayers.

- Nick Hendry, Wednesday February 27th, 2019

Truly sorry for the loss of you mother Sarah. You all are in my prayers. She is home now. God bless you all.

- Veronica Golbinec, Wednesday February 27th, 2019

Truly sorry for the loss of you mother Sarah. You all are in my prayers. She is home now. God bless you all.

- Veronica Golbinec, Wednesday February 27th, 2019

Kathy will be truly missed Thoughts and prayers for the family

- Vicki Valentine Hermanowski, Wednesday February 27th, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Kathy was such a wonderful mom and I can only imagine the love she had for all the grand kids. I was so happy that i knew Kathy and was able to meet such a kind caring lady. If i did not know Kathy until now i absolutely would by the wonderfully written obituary. I will keep all of you in my thoughts as you go through this tough time of being without someone who is obviously loved so much.

- Kim Rogers, Wednesday February 27th, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers to the family. We cherished "Grandma Katie" and was always pleased to see her and Mike at our family gatherings and just to visit. Her smile and wit humor helped to brighten anyday and she was loved and will be missed by all. Heaven has gained a wonderful and smiling angel. God Bless.

- Richard & Gwen Zulch, Wednesday February 27th, 2019

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