Rosanna Bassett, 96, peacefully joined her heavenly family while visiting her youngest daughter in Louisville, Kentucky on October 23, 2017. The oldest of three children, Rosanna was born in New York City on March 6, 1921 to Elizabeth Jane McTaggart and William McLaughlin.
In the throes of World War II, Petty Officers Ramon Bassett and Rosanna McLaughlin fell in love and married. In an equal and loving partnership, the 57 years they spent together was proof of a once-in-a-lifetime love. She awoke every morning with a smile on her face, and brightened the lives of many with her cheerful countenance, especially when she visited Tara’s friends in Louisville.
A Certified Master Teacher for 30 years, Rosanna trained and supervised teachers in Language Arts and Social Studies in grades one through nine. She taught speech, including helping hone the performance skills of her daughters. As part of the New Oregon Singers, Oregon’s “Official Ambassadors of Song,” the family traveled worldwide. Working for over 20 years with the United Service Organizations (USO), they entertained active military during the Vietnam War and afterward. Princess Grace of Monaco and Queen Elizabeth II of England were two of the many foreign dignitaries who issued “command performances” to the Singers.
Rosanna and Ramon were proud of their family’s membership in the Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, and spent many happy hours in their motorhome, traveling cross-country researching necessary documentation to gain admission to those respected organizations.
At St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Atlanta, Rosanna was an active charter member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, and a lector of the Word she loved. Monsignor Frank McNamee called them “The Commander” and “The Chief,” for good reason. Rosanna co-founded and was Adjutant of the Ramon H. Bassett American Legion Post 319, and was a dedicated recruiter of veterans to the Legion. The Boys State/Boys Nation Program was dear to her heart for many years. She and Ramon sought out, trained and sponsored a number of intelligent and talented rising seniors, one of whom was elected President of Boys Nation.
After Ramon’s death in 2013, Rosanna sold their home and as a charter member, lived happily and independently in Roswell’s St. George Village for over a decade near her middle daughter, granddaughter and great grandson. Her joyful spirit, extraordinary intelligence and knowledge of the world made her a desired dinner companion, and the lake behind her wing made a pleasurable walking track for the conscientiously fit and trim sailor. She spent the past four years living in Florida with her oldest daughter and her husband and family, traveling and enjoying her golden years to the fullest.
She was a proud mother to Maureen Bassett Carson Bravo (Carmine) of Orlando, Florida; Kathleen Bassett Magnusson (Robert, deceased), of Atlanta, Georgia and Tara Bassett of Louisville, Kentucky. Rosanna is predeceased by her brother James McLaughlin, also a Navy WWII veteran, and Mary McLaughlin Scott (Charles), who along with her husband was a decorated, retired New York City Police Detective.
The youngest loves of her life were her grandchildren, including Kelly Rose Magnusson, Christopher Ramon Carson (Kathryn), Erin Carson Frauenheim (Ryan), Ryan Bassett Carson (Bethany), Christopher Thomas Bravo (Laura), Anthony Nicholas Bravo (Amelia) and Carmine Michael Bravo. Rosanna deeply loved her fifteen great-grandchildren and five grand- and great-grand dogs (Brady Ramon, Wyatte Gunther, Gracie Lou, Hank and Scout), all of whom she adored and who adored her.
Thus ends the earthly chapter in the lives of two patriots. Rosanna has joined Ramon at “Post Everlasting,” serving the top Commander-in-Chief. Her funeral mass will be held Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m. at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church, 2119 Payne Street.
Contributions may be made to St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075, to be used at the discretion of Monsignor Peter Rau.
Glover, Randall A. “Chubs”
Randall A. “Chubs” Glover, 65, of Louisville passed away on Saturday October 21, 2017.
He was a 30 year employee of Ford Motor Company and a member of UAW, American Turners, Harrods Creek Boat Club, McMahan Fire Department, Kosair Shrine and Davern’s Tavern.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Eva Glover, and brothers, Doug and Robert Glover.
Survivors include his daughters, Malissa Peace and Sheri Glover (Keith Myers); son, F. Erick Barger; grandchildren, Justin Glover, Samuel Matz, Carrie Matz, Christopher Metzger and Cynthia Myers; five nieces and a nephew, Brian H. Glover (Marybeth).
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Pearson’s with private burial. Memorials may go the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Grossman, Ronald K.
Ronald K. Grossman of Prospect passed away at his home on Monday, October 16, 2017 at age 84. He was born on May 23, 1933 in Long Island, New York, moving to Milford, Ohio, in the mid 40s. He came to the Louisville area in 1970 and made it his home. Mr. Grossman was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Clara Grossman; his brother; Charles, Jr.; his sister and brother-in-law; Jackie and George Pack and his nephew, Phillip Grossman.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of almost 49 years, Lynn; his four children, son Michael of Roxbury, Massachusetts; daughter Margaret of Cincinnati; daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Jay Fechter of Powell, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law Marc and Norma of Cincinnati and his grandchildren, Wilson and Claranne Fechter of Powell, Ohio.
Memorial donations may be made to the Milford Schools Foundation, the Kentucky Educational Television Network (KET) or the Louisville Downtown Lions Club.
A celebration of Ron’s life will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Captain’s Quarters on River Road from 2 to 5 p.m. Pearson’s entrusted with arrangements.
Ivy, Tressa Kaercher
Tress Kaercher Ivy, 101, died in Oakland, California on April 11, 2017.
She was a longtime resident of Louisville, last living at Treyton Oak Towers before her move to California in 2006. Tressa had been an active member of Parkway Methodist Church (now closed) and Portland Ave. Presbyterian Church. She was a religious educator in her home church as well as the Conference Director of Children’s Work for the Louisville Conference of the United Methodist Church from 1961 to 1966. From 1967 until 1975 she participated in the West End Group Ministry, organizing and leading weekday activities for area children. Tressa was a patient, kind and loving woman and is greatly missed by her family.
Tressa was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Randolph Wilson Ivy; parents, Angeline and Adolph Kaercher and brother, Adolph Kaercher.
She is survived by her daughter, Judith Fiene (Oakland, California); son, Randolph W. Ivy (Liston, England); grandchildren, Karen Ivy Fiene (Berkeley, California), Bruce M. Fiene (Worcester, Massachusetts), Anna Ivy (Urbana, Illinois) and Susanna Ivy (Reading, England) and seven great-grandchildren.
Tressa was cremated and her ashes interred in Resthaven Cemetery in Louisville. A memorial will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Portland Ave. Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Portland Ave. Presbyterian Church.
Shelby, Bernice M.
Bernice M. Shelby, 64, passed away Friday, October 20, 2017.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown.
She is survived by her husband, Kyle Shelby; children, Pleasant Moten (Raford), Hope Forward and Qwan Gill; siblings, Arvel Carroll, Jr. (Ruth) and Wilena Fulton (Derek); seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Entombment was at Evergreen Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to A. D. Porter & Sons, 4501 Bardstown Rd.