Bassler, Luella

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY

Luella Bassler about 1910 Wright house, Berne


Luella Bassler was born on March 6, 1890, in Rensselaerville ,[1] to Fred H. Bassler (B. ~1866 Rensselaerville, M. June 23, 1889, D. 1910-1915) and Lora J. Bassler[2] (B. Abt 1868, D. Jan 31, 1937).[3] Both of her parents were Basslers.[3]

Luella was one of about four girls, the others being Grace Bassler, Vertie Bassler and Emma Jean Bassler.[1] She was raised by her paternal grandparents Amaziah Bassler (B. 1827, D. 1912) and Mary Crippen (B. 1823, D. Sept 25, 1917) in Rensselaerville. Her maternal grandfather Cyrus B. Bassler (B. July 1841) lived in Knox.

Marriage & Children

In about 1911, Luella married Frank Arthur Wright, who owned a farm in the town of Berne.[3] On April 9, 1922, Luella had their only child, Florence Grace Wright.[3]

Luella Bassler Wright


Luella was a farmer's wife as such she performed many farm chores and as well she was responsible for her home and family. There are several photographs of her operating farm equipment.[4]


Luella was raised by her paternal grandparents in Rensselaerville. While she was separated from her mother and sisters, they apparently saw each other frequently.

She married at 21 years of age to a farmer in Berne. As a farm wife, she actively took part in the farm chores including using farm equipment to plant and harvest.[4] The family raised chickens which added to her chores.[4] She canned vegetables and fruit that the family raised.

After her paternal grandfather Amaziah Bassler died in 1912, her paternal grandmother Mary Crippen Bassler came to live with Luella and her husband. Mary continued to live with them until her death September 25, 1917.[4]

Luella attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Berne.[1]

Luella and her husband Frank grew dinner plate dahlias.[4]

Luella and Frank traveled extensively generally within the local area, as they enjoyed nature and photography.[4]


On December 22, 1964, Luella Bassler Wright died and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, in Berne, Albany County, NY.[5][3] Her husband Frank Arthur Wright died two years later on May 7, 1966.[3][5] The couple have a joint gravestone.[5]


Mrs. Frank A. Wright

Mrs. Frank A. Wright of Berne R.D.1 died Tuesday afternoon after a long illness. Mrs. Wright, the former Luealla Bassler,was born in Rensselaerville, and had been a resident of Berne for 53 years. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Mrs. Wright is survived by her husband; a daughter Mrs. Willam Flagler of Berne; three sisters, Mrs. Grace Phillips of Oakland, Calif., Mrs. Verta Abeel of Rochester, and Mrs. William Wallace of Guilderland; also by four grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at the Applebee Funeral Home, Delmar, with Rev. James D. Keller of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery, Berne."

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Wright - At rest Dec. 22, 1964, Luella Bassler of Berne, N. Y. wife of Frank A. Wright; mother of Mrs. William F. Flagler; sister of Mrs. Grace Phillips, Mrs. Verta Abeel and Mrs. William Wallace; grandmother of Bruce, Bonnie, Brent, and Bradley Flagler.

Funeral service Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. There will be no calling hours.

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Born March 6, 1890

Died December 22, 1964

Services held at the Applebee Funeral Home Saturday, December 26, 1964

Clergyman The Rev. James. D. Keller St. Paul's Lutheran Church Berne, N. Y.

Internment Woodlawn Cemetery Berne, N. Y.

Additional Media


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Luella Bassler Wright's Obituary, Altamont Enterprise Friday Dec 25, 1964, Section 2 page 4.
  2. Lora J. Bassler's Obituary Jan 31, 1937 at
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Wright family photos from Wright family farm, Berne, NY
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Woodlawn Cemetery Gravestones,