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“Janet, My sympathy and prayers to you and your family. Keep all the good memories tucked in your heart. Love, Lynne ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Lynne Dawson O'Brien

“So sorry to hear of Aunt Bertha's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
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“Dear RB, Karen,Janet,and Mary Kay, Sorry to hear of Bertha's passing. I fondly remember those card games at the house on Davenport St. Always a great...Read More »
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“Thinking of you all at this time and wishing you peace, comfort and healing. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Michelle Ernsdorff

“Janet, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I know how sad it is but, like me, you had her for a long time. I'll never forget that senior year...Read More »
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Name: Bertha M. Basten, 95

Address: Stonehill Care Center

Formerly of: 3425 Dove, with her daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Dwight Yager.

Time, day and date of death: 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Mary 29, 2011

Place and cause of death: Stonehill Care Center

Services: Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Patrick's church.

Burial: Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Visitation: Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Patrick's Church, Dubuque.

Parish Wake service:

Date/Place of Birth: Bertha was born May 2, 1916 in Dubuque, Iowa-
Daughter of Frank and Mary (Graf) Schmitt

Brief personal history: Bertha married Frank G. Basten, Sr., on April 30, 1937, at St. Patrick's in Dubuque. Francis preceded her in death on July 3, 2000. Bertha was a homemaker all of her life. She was a member of St. Patrick's and a former member of the Orioles Club. She enjoyed playing bingo, and especially playing cards and Cribbage with her family. Bertha will be remembered as a baker who made dessert everyday.

Survivors:
1 Son: Richard J. "RB" (Debbie) Basten, Dubuque, Iowa
3 Daughters: Karen F. (Joe) Rokusek, Dubuque, Iowa
Janet S. (Dwight) Yager, Dubuque, Iowa
Mary Kay (Kent) McLain, Moline, Illinois
15 Grandchildren; 25 Great-grandchildren; 1 Great-great grandson
several nieces and nephews

Preceded in death: her parents, her husband, 1 son; Frank "Bud" Basten, Jr, 1 grandson; David Estal, 4 sisters; Rosella (Roy) Basten, Marie (Leo) Hickie, Frances (Russell "Barney") Kissling, and Mildred McNett, 3 brothers: William (Hazel) Schmitt, Joseph (Alice) Schmitt, and Frank Schmitt.

Memorials: Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque 1670 JFK Rd, Dubuque in lieu of flowers.

Thank you: The family would like to give a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melanie and Jennica for their care and concern for Bertha.