LeBuis, Janice Irene
- Robert LeBuis, and his wife, Roberta, of Barneveld, N.Y.
- Marlene Boomhower, and her husband, Dennis, of Westerlo
- Donald LeBuis, and his wife, Donna, of Mokena, Ill.
- Charis Cummings, and her husband, Dennis, of Wilton, N.Y.
- Dennis LeBuis of Selkirk, N.Y.
- Diane Chamberlain
She graduated in 1953 from Berne-Knox High School.
Janice LeBuis Bassler worked at General Electric in Schenectady, where she contributed to one of the earliest computerized payroll systems. For many years, Mrs. Bassler worked evenings and weekends at the Zwicklbauer Hofbrau restaurant on Warners Lake.
Marriage & Children
Janice Irene LeBuis married her high-school sweetheart, Fred “Pete” Bassler in 1956, while he was in the United States Army, serving in Alaska. Pete Bassler was the son of Peter Charles Bassler. Their children were:
- Terrice Bassler of Altamont, and her partner, Brad deYoung
- Debra Bajouwa, and her husband, Haytham, of Berne
- Sharon Forman, and her husband, Scott, of Altamont.
Janice Irene LeBuis Bassler died on Thursday, April 10, 2008. She was 72.
BERNE — Janice Irene LeBuis Bassler, a Berne native and life-long resident, was active in the Hilltown community and enjoyed entertaining family and friends with her husband. Mrs. Bassler died on Thursday, April 10, 2008. She was 72.
“Janice was an enthusiast for family and social life,” said her family in a tribute. “She and Pete enjoyed frequent entertaining of family, friends, and large community gatherings at the family pond and cabin. Her gardens there reflected her energetic and meticulous character.”
The oldest of Doris and Leo LeBuis’s seven children, Mrs. Bassler was born during the Depression and had a “take-charge” personality, said her daughter, Debra Bajouwa. She graduated in 1953 from Berne-Knox High School. She then worked at General Electric in Schenectady, where she contributed to one of the earliest computerized payroll systems.
In 1956, she married her high-school sweetheart, Fred “Pete” Bassler, while he was in the United States Army, serving in Alaska. She dedicated herself to her family and was the proud mother of three daughters — Terrice, Debra, and Sharon.
For many years, Mrs. Bassler worked evenings and weekends at the Zwicklbauer Hofbrau restaurant on Warners Lake.
An active member of the Hilltown community, she served for many years as the volunteer ambulance dispatcher. During elections, she staffed local polling stations. At the Berne Dutch Reformed Church, she sang in the choir and served in many capacities.
A skilled hand at bridge, Mrs. Bassler played competitively and was a regular at Studio Bridge in Schenectady. She was also an avid reader and devoured biographies and novels and was curious about the world around her and always eager to express her perspective.
Later in her life, Mrs. Bassler knitted over 700 scarves. She also traveled widely with her husband, visiting four continents and 49 of the 50 states. She delighted in planning trips and ferreting out special places to stay and sights to see. In the winter of 2007, the couple traveled to Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand.
In 1997, with great joy, Mrs. Bassler welcomed the birth of her granddaughters, Abigail and Sarah, twin girls born to her daughter, Sharon, and her son-in-law, Scott.
“The girls’ daily lives, love for their grandmother, Mima, and accomplishments were among the greatest pleasures of her final years,” said her family. “She felt fortunate that Debra and husband Haytham moved in just down the road to restore Peter and Sarah Bassler’s family home. The humanitarian career and global adventures of her daughter Terrice were a source of keen interest and connection to the wider world.”
Mrs. Janice Irene LeBuis Bassler is survived by her devoted husband of almost 52 years, Fred “Pete” Bassler, and her three daughters, Terrice Bassler of Altamont, and her partner, Brad deYoung; Debra Bajouwa, and her husband, Haytham, of Berne; and Sharon Forman, and her husband, Scott, of Altamont. She is also survived by five siblings — Robert LeBuis, and his wife, Roberta, of Barneveld, N.Y.; Marlene Boomhower, and her husband, Dennis, of Westerlo; Donald LeBuis, and his wife, Donna, of Mokena, Ill.; Charis Cummings, and her husband, Dennis, of Wilton, N.Y.; and Dennis LeBuis of Selkirk, N.Y. Mrs. Bassler is also survived by her beloved aunt, Margaret Filkins, of Westerlo; her brother-in-law, Merritt Chamberlain, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and two granddaughters, Sarah and Abigail Forman, of Altamont. She is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews and numerous grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, great-grandnephews, and cousins.
Her granddaughter, Clea Bassler, and her sister, Diane Chamberlain, died before her as did her grandmother, Nettie S. Filkins, and her uncle, Clyde Filkins.
A funeral service was held Sunday and burial was in the Fairview Cemetery. The Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont made the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Berne Library Capital Fund, care of C. Anderson, Post Office Box 42, Berne, NY 12023 for a new or renovated building.
- Altamont Enterprise - April 17, 2008
Bassler, Janice Irene (LeBuis): Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Times Union, The (Albany, NY) - Friday, April 11, 2008
Deceased Name: Bassler, Janice Irene (LeBuis)
BERNE Friends and loved ones should be comforted knowing that Janice Irene LeBuis Bassler, 72, of Berne, N.Y., died peacefully on April 10, 2008 at St.
Peter's Hospice Inn with her family by her side, after a sudden collapse at home on Saturday, April 5, 2008. Janice was the eldest daughter of the late Doris and Leo LeBuis. She was an enthusiast for family and social life and an active member of the Hilltown community. Janice leaves behind her devoted husband of almost 52 years, Fred "Pete" Bassler and her three daughters, Terrice Bassler of Altamont and partner Brad deYoung, Debra Bajouwa and husband Haytham of Berne, and Sharon Forman and husband Scott of Altamont. She is also survived by her beloved grand-daughters, Sarah and Abigail Forman of Altamont. Other survivors include five siblings, Robert LeBuis and wife Roberta of Barneveld, N.Y., Marlene Boomhower and husband Dennis of Westerlo, Donald LeBuis and wife Donna of Mokena, Ill., Charis Cummings and husband Dennis of Wilton, N.Y. and Dennis LeBuis of Selkirk, N.Y. In addition, she is survived by her dear aunt, Margaret Filkins of Westerlo; brother-in-law, Merritt Chamberlain of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 19 nieces and nephews and numerous grandnieces, grand-nephews, great-grandnieces, great-grandnephews and cousins. Janice was predeceased by her granddaughter, Clea Bassler; sister, Diane Chamberlain; grandmother, Nettie S. Filkins; and uncle, Clyde Filkins. The family offers thanks to the nurses, doctors and staff of St. Peter's Hospital who provided both outstanding medical treatment and comfort during her final days. A funeral service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Altamont Reformed Church, 129 Lincoln Ave., Altamont. Calling hours will be from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday at the Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Berne, N.Y. The family suggests that donations in Janice's memory be made to the Friends of the Berne Library Capital Fund, PO Box 42, Berne, NY 12023 for a new or renovated building.
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