James L. Fassero, 82, of Lebanon, Ill., born on Oct. 26, 1930, in Benld, Ill., left his earthly home on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Barnes Trauma Center in St. Louis, Mo., from a fall earlier that day.
James graduated from Benld, Illinois High School in 1948. He did undergraduate work at Eastern Illinois University, graduate work at University of Illinois and post graduate work in European History at St. Louis University. He taught for six years at Freeburg Community High School District 77 and was a retired history Teacher for Mascoutah, Illinois District 19. He was a lifetime member of Illinois Education Association and National Education Association. He was a member of National Rifle Association, Freeburg Masonic Lodge #418 AF & AM, Freeburg Chapter #542 O.E.S., Scottish Rite Bodies, and Ainad Shrine and Brass Band. James played many years as the principal tubist with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, also playing special events with the St. Matthew Methodist Church Orchestra. He studied tuba with Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony, studied classical guitar at SIUE. He was also a member of the Concert Band of Belleville, Duetchmeister Brass Band in St. Louis, Mo. He served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1955 where he received Airman of Six Months Award at March Air Force Base in Riverside, Calif.
In his earlier years he had a varied background of working in the coal mine with his father, served as prison guard at Pontiac, Ill., worked as a telegrapher for Wabash Railroad and drove an over the road truck, hauling steel and at times hauling livestock to the stockyards in Chicago. Jim was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, boating and all the beauty nature had to offer. He and Roleen enjoyed their many European trips and especially the trips with his daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law to share the wonders of the world.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George Camillo Fassero and Louise, nee Walker, Fassero; father and mother-in-law, Robert William Stoddard and Ann, nee Dobos, Stoddard.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Roleen, nee Stoddard, Fassero, whom he married on May 25, 1956; cherished daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Marie and Lawrence Brower of Troy, Ill.; beloved granddaughter, Carmen Renee Brower; step-grandson, Patrick (fiancee, Rachel Baxter) Brower. He will also be missed by extended family and friends he had made in his journey until he crossed the stream into eternity.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children in St. Louis, Mo. Condolences may be expressed online at www.kurrusfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Ill. An Ainad Shrine Band walk-through will be at 7:20 p.m. Friday followed by a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Kurrus Funeral Home, with David Byer officiating. Interment will be at 3 p.m. at Benld City Cemetery in Benld, Ill.
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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 19, 2013