Rosemary Basso

Obituary of Rosemary A Basso

Rosemary Agnes (Vogel) Basso, 91, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away at St. Peter’s University Hospital on June 13 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Arthur J. Basso, of East Brunswick. Rosemary was born in Reading, PA, to the late Joseph and Sophie (Bojnowski) Vogel. She attended Reading Central Catholic High School, where she played on the girls' basketball team. She graduated from Duquesne University in 1950 with a pharmacy degree. There, she met her husband, Art, and the two married on November 18, 1950, eventually settling in East Brunswick in 1962. Family was most important to Rosemary and she will always be remembered as the loving mother to Richard Basso and his wife Patrice of Naperville, Il, Donald Basso of Hopedale, MA, Maryann Sievers of Orange Beach, AL, Diane Stein and her husband David of Randolph, NJ, Kathleen Schwint and her husband Geoffrey of Hillsborough, NJ, and Audrey DeSimone and her husband John of Hopkinton, MA. Spending time with her grandchildren was her greatest joy and, alongside her husband, attended their many dance recitals, ball games and graduations. She was the proud grandmother of 15 grandchildren and one great-grandson, including Eileen, Peter, Margaret, Terrence, Christopher, Sean, Madeline, Jeremy, Johnathan, Leah, Jamie, Alex, Elizabeth, Caroline, and Calvin. She was predeceased by her granddaughter Christin, who she joins in Heaven. Next to her family, Rosemary loved sewing and knitting, and was incredibly talented at both. In addition to sewing wedding gowns for each of her daughters and countless Halloween costumes for her grandchildren, she was a well-known dressmaker in East Brunswick. She truly loved being in her “sewing room” and serving her dozens of customers, who she also considered to be friends. Rosemary was an avid sports fan and eagerly cheered on all of the local professional and college teams. As a young mother, she devoted many hours as a Girl Scout leader and volunteer at St. Bartholomew’s School. Due to the pandemic, the family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to your charity of choice.
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