William Calvin Bassitt

June 2, 1935August 10, 2013

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


  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2013
  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 15, 2013

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September 17, 2013

To Jeff, Terri and the Bassitt Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your father/grandfather. You are in our thoughts and prayers especially during this time of sadness.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Bob, Maryann, Michael, Kyra, Kirsten & Jamie

Chandra Elgin

August 29, 2013

Our condolences to Bill's family. He was a lovely man. We were fortunate to have him as a partner. I will miss seeing him at the racetrack.

Steve East

August 19, 2013

Rest in peace Bill. You will be missed.

August 17, 2013

My condolences to all of Bill's family. It was a true pleasure to work with him. Bill was a true king and considerate gentleman. District 211 was truly blessed to have him.
Frank P. Sesko

August 15, 2013

Dear Margaret, John, Krisha, Kevin, Jeff and Kayli and rest of family,

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time,

The Macgaffey Family

Paulette Keegan

August 15, 2013

My heartfelt condolences to Dr. B's family. I worked with him at the District office. He always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. He was indeed a fine gentleman and District 211 was fortunate to have him. He will be sorely missed.

Ronnie McCann

August 15, 2013

To Bill's family I am so very sorry for your loss. I can honestly say that he was one of the nicest people I have ever known. I was Bill's secretary for ten years and I enjoyed every minute of it. He was not only my boss but also a very good friend. I know you must be quite proud of him. He was a remarkable person and will be sorely missed by a great many people including myself.

August 14, 2013

To Jeff, Terri and the rest of the Bassitt Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We wish you comfort and peace in this time of sadness. We will keep your Dad and the rest of the family in our thoughts and prayers.
With Sympathy,
Pat, Ed, EJ, Pam, Patsy & Rick

Jim Sindelar

August 14, 2013

I was always impressed with the genuine concern that Bill Bassitt expressed for the well being of all District 211 students. He strongly supported the professional efforts made to serve their needs regardless of the career or college directions they might choose.
Bill's enthusiasm for West Virginia University caused me to take a long side trip just to visit that campus when I attended a college counselor convention in Pittsburgh. I was happy to report back that his pride was well justified.

August 14, 2013

To The Jeff Bassitt Family Members:

My sincerest sympathy over the passing of your father; It can be a challenge, but just know that things will get better over time. Yes, it's easy to say, but, having experienced the same, I know it to be true. I have confidence that you will handle this difficult situation, and keep positive thoughts, and remember all the good things that your father did and represented. I have never met the man, but his contribution to society shows what a good man he was, and that's a great thing to be remembered by.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Ginger Blake