Barbara Jane Basla

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BARBARA JANE BASLA  

Barbara Jane Basla (Wichmann), 60, died Friday, September 14th at her home on Bolling Air Force Base. She loved life as an Air Force wife traveling the world, volunteering as a Hospice Aid, teaching Religious Education, working as a Wedding Coordinator, volunteering at soup kitchens, and working in hospitality management; but first and foremost, she loved being a wife, mother, and consummate hostess.Barbara is survived by her husband, Lt Gen Michael Joseph Basla, USAF; daughters Sara Ruddy (Patrick), Beth Ketchum (Larry), and Marissa Basla; her son, Adam; her mother, Jane Wichmann Sheidt; sisters Peggy Thomas and Gail Hagan; and brothers, Bruce, Brian, and Scott Wichmann. She is also survived by grandchildren Carter, Hannah, Olivia, and Brooks Ruddy; and Charlie, Hudson, and Griffin Ketchum. A celebration of Barbara's life will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cunningham Funeral Home, 811 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA. A Catholic Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Bolling AFB Chapel 2. Internment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery on a date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barbara's name may be made to the Association for Frontal-Temporal Degeneration at www.theaftd.org.


Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 16, 2012
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