JOHN E. DAY FUNERAL HOME
85 RIVERSIDE AVE
RED BANK, NJ 07701
Eileen Bassler, 78, passed away at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch on February 10, 2017 while surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Westfield to her late parents, August and Agnes (Dourish) Schilling, grew up in Locust and lived for over 25 years in Fair Haven. After that, she resided in Red Bank where she watched the wildlife and the change of seasons on the Navesink River. She and her family also enjoyed spending time at their country home in Pleasant Mount, PA, which she affectionately called “The Farm.”
Eileen attended Red Bank Catholic High School where she was captain of the Girls’ Basketball team. After graduating high school in 1956, she attended St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York, receiving a degree in early education in 1960.
After teaching for many years, Eileen co-founded the highly-acclaimed Meadow Flower Nursery School in Fair Haven where she emphasized play-based learning and encouraged the children to appreciate nature by taking them for walks in the woods.
Eileen is predeceased by her daughter and son: Julia and William Bassler. She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, the Honorable William G. Bassler of Red Bank; her daughters and son in laws: Roseann and Louis “Del” Dal Pra of Red Bank and Elizabeth and Christopher Jannuzzi of Shrewsbury.
Also surviving are her brothers and sisters: Gregory Schilling and August “Buddy” Schilling; Agnes Hebler, Mary Mumford and Rosann Malakates as well as six grandchildren: William, Michael, August “Gus”, Henry “Hank”, Raymond, and Julia.
Visitation will take place at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701 on Tuesday February 14, 2017 from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. James RC Church in Red Bank on Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 10 AM with interment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown.
In celebration of Eileen’s love of nature, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the nature conservation organization of your choice. Or in her memory, simply stop and smell the wildflowers.
Visit Eileen’s memorial website at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com