LAKEWOOD – William Calvin Bassitt, 78, of Lakewood, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at his home.|
He was born June 2, 1935, in St. Albans, W.Va.
He was a member of Washington Masonic Lodge 58 (AF&AM) in St. Albans and the Grand Lodge of West Virginia, and he was a 32nd-degree member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., in the Valley of Charleston, W.Va.
He was a 1953 graduate of St. Albans High School in St. Albans, W.Va. He earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from West Virginia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in education and psychology from Western Illinois University, and a doctorate in counselor education and special education from West Virginia University. Other universities attended were West Virginia State University, Marshall University, Southern Illinois University and Northern Illinois University.
He retired in 1994 from Township High School District 211 in Palatine. He entered District 211 in 1972 and was director of student services at Schaumburg High School in Schaumburg until 1980, when he moved to the administration center as assistant superintendent for instructional and student services.
Before he joined Township High School District 211, his professional experiences included instructor of psychology at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Wash.; student teaching supervisor in Wenatchee for the University of Washington in Seattle; consultant to the Washington State counselor certification program through Eastern Washington State University in Spokane, Wash.; counseling practicum supervisor and instructor for West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.; research consultant for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.; and director of guidance at Nashville Community High School in Nashville, Ill.
Other community involvements were teaching parenting classes in Wenatchee for Central Washington State University, Ellensburg, Wash.; teaching curriculum courses for Northern Illinois University in DeKalb; serving as chairman of the board of trustees for Humana Hospital in Hoffman Estates; and serving on committees for the United Way and the American Cancer Society.
He received the ""Those Who Excel"" award in 1993 from the Illinois State Board of Education through the Illinois Outstanding School Administrator program.
He is survived by his three children, daughter Teri Beth Lasky and her husband, Joseph, of St. John, Ind., son Jeff Bassitt and his wife, Terri, of Bartlett, and daughter Margaret Louise Modzelewski and her husband, John, of Carol Stream; his grandchildren, Laurette Cannaley and her husband, Chris, of Noblesville, Ind., Sgt. Samuel Lasky, USMC, and his wife, Gia, Steven Lasky, Lance Cpl. Andrew Lasky, USMC, Charles Lasky and Helena Lasky of St. John, Ind., Meagan Bassitt of Hoffman Estates, and Matthew Bassitt of Rockford, Kristina Marshall of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Kevin Modzelewski, Jefferson Modzelewski, and Kayli Modzelewski of Carol Stream; great-granddaughters Bryana Travieso of Hoffman Estates and Ryland Bassitt of Rockford and a great-grandson, Ben Cannaley of Noblesville, Ind.; his brother, George Bassitt and wife, Nell Ruth, of Hamilton, Ohio; and his sister, Helen Margaret Bassitt of St. Albans, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Bassitt.
A memorial visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The service will be at 7 p.m.
A Masonic burial will be conducted at Teays Hill Cemetery in St. Albans, W.Va.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Teays Hill Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 824, St. Albans, WV 25177.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-1760. Online condolences may be made at www.querhammerandflagg.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Aug. 12, 2013