William Calvin Bassitt, 78, a resident of the Village of Lakewood died August 10, 2013 at his home.
Bill was born June 2, 1935 in St. Albans, West Virginia. He was a member of Washington Masonic Lodge 58 (AF & AM) in St. Albans, West Virginia, The Grand Lodge of West Virginia and was a 32nd Degree member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA located in the Valley of Charleston, West Virginia.
Bill was a Class of 1953 graduate of St. Albans High School in St. Albans, WV. 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 include: West Virginia State University, Marshall University, Southern Illinois University and Northern Illinois University.
Bill retired in 1994 from Township High School District #211 in Palatine. He entered District #211 in 1972 and served as 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.
Prior to joining Township High School District #211, Bill's professional experiences included the following positions: Instructor of Psychology at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Washington; Student Teaching Supervisor in Wenatchee, Washington for the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington; Consultant to the Washington State Counselor Certification program through Eastern Washington State University in Spokane, Washington; Counseling Practicum Supervisor and Instructor for West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia; Research Consultant for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Director of Guidance at Nashville Community High School in Nashville, Illinois.
Other community involvements include: teaching parenting classes in Wenatchee, Washington for Central Washington State University, Ellensburg, Washington; teaching curriculum courses for Northern Illinois University in DeKalb; serving as Chair, Board of Trustees for Humana Hospital in Hoffman Estates; and serving on committees for the United Way and the American Cancer Society.
Bill received the "Those Who Excel" award in 1993 from the Illinois State Board of Education through the Illinois Outstanding School Administrator program.
Bill is survived by his three children, daughter, Teri Beth Lasky and husband Joseph of St. John, Indiana, son, Jeff Bassitt and wife Terri of Bartlett, and daughter, Margaret Louise Modzelewski and husband John of Carol Stream; his grandchildren, Laurette Cannaley and husband Chris of Noblesville, Indiana, Sgt. Samuel Lasky, USMC and wife Gia, Steven Lasky, Lance Corporal Andrew Lasky USMC, Charles Lasky and Helena Lasky of St. John, Indiana, Meagan Bassitt of Hoffman Estates, and Matthew Bassitt of Rockford, Kristina Marshall of Port St. Lucie, Florida, 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, and Ben Cannaley of Noblesville, Indiana; his brother, George Bassitt and wife Nell Ruth of Hamilton, Ohio; and his sister, Helen Margaret Bassitt of St. Albans, West Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Bassitt.
A memorial visitation will be from 3 to 9pm on Thursday, August 15 at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The service will be at 7pm.
A Masonic burial will be conducted at Teays Hill Cemetery in St. Albans, West Virginia.
In Lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Teays Hill Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 824, St. Albans, West Virginia 25177.
For information call the funeral home at 815-459-1760. Online condolences may be made at www.querhammerandflagg.com.