Mary Ann E. Basso, a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away at Aurora Medical Center on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
Mary Ann was born on April 25, 1941, in Marquette, Michigan to John F. and Elizabeth C (Homer) Martin. She was a graduate of John D. Pierce High School in 1959. In 1963, she graduated from Northern Michigan University and began her career as an elementary school teacher in Green Bay, Wisconsin moving on from there to teach in Wauconda, Illinois, and finally settling in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Mary Ann went on to become a personal banker at Valley Bank which later became M&I and BMO Harris Bank where she retired after 24 years.
In 1958 Mary Ann was elected prom queen of John D. Pierce High School and Honored Queen of the International Order of Jobs Daughters, Bethel #16, in Marquette, Michigan. She had many fond memories of the Upper Peninsula (‘da UP’), including spending time in the summer at her family’s ‘Camp’ on Farmers Lake in Little Lake, Michigan; hiking Sugarloaf Mountain; enjoying the beautiful scenery of Pictured Rocks, Presque Isle, and Lake Superior; blueberry picking; Art on the Rocks and attending many high school and college class reunions.
Mary Ann was a dedicated member of Trinity Episcopal Church where she held the role of Sunday School superintendent and was very active in Cursillo.
Although she always said she would retire in Florida, her close group of family, friends, and grandchildren made it easier for her to reside in Oshkosh. Mary Ann enjoyed playing cards and dominoes with her friends and grandchildren. She would always remind us by saying, “Don’t forget I have dominoes tonight!” She also loved being an active member of Learning in Retirement, crocheting, stamping, crafts (particularly her annual Christmas ornament), and any chance to use glitter.
Mary Ann is survived by her loving family, Carol (Todd) Barr of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Kevin (Tara) Basso of Mesa, Arizona, and Cathy (Steve) LaClair of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren Jayne and Lydia Barr, and Brady and Carsen LaClair; as well as her brother, Andy (Bonnie) Martin of Aspen, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service for Mary Ann will be held in the spring. Cremation has taken place.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 311 Division Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 54901, or to Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, 206 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 54901.
Her family would like to thank the entire staff at Eden Meadows for the excellent care Mary Ann received while living there. We are also grateful to the nurses and staff at Aurora Medical Center and Aurora Hospice for their compassionate care of Mary Ann during her final days. In addition, her daughter Carol would like to personally recognize and thank their mutual and dearest friend Mary Beth Bossert, for being such a generous, selfless and supportive person who always puts others first. You are truly amazing.