Jane Bassler

1924 ~ 2021

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“Remember me in the beauty of the world, the laughter of a child, the warmth of the sun and the gentle stirring of the wind.” - Jane Bassler

Jane Josephine Kirkham Bassler passed away January 18, 2021. She was 96 years old.

Jane was born October 8, 1924 in Salt Lake City, the eighth and youngest child of Ida Murdock and Oscar Ammon Kirkham. She attended Uintah Elementary, Roosevelt Junior High and East High School in Salt Lake City. Jane spent two years at the University of Utah where she enjoyed friends in Delta Gamma sorority. Jane then earned a degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University. Teaching became her life’s work.

On September 9, 1948 Jane married David Steele Bassler, Jr., with whom she shared life for 53 years.

Jane loved teaching and writing. She spent 40 years in the classroom teaching 5th grade, most of the time at Municipal Elementary School in Roy, Utah. With no children of her own, Jane’s family included the many students she taught. She was as proud of each student as if they were her own and made a totally positive difference in each of their lives.

Jane was unique, creative, loving and a life-long positive influence. She loved people and animals and was beloved by both. She was especially devoted to her brothers and sisters and was a loving and generous support and friend to her nieces and nephews. A master bridge player, Jane loved to laugh and spend time with friends.

Jane was preceded in death by her husband, David, her parents and all of her siblings. She is survived by adoring nieces, nephews and many friends.

Jane will be laid to rest in the Roy City Cemetery. At a later and safer time, a family gathering will be held remembering and honoring Jane’s memory.

“Do you want to be happy? Then learn to give from the heart in everything you do.

Mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Keep a promise. Find time to do what you should. Gladden the heart of a child.

Henceforth, you will have a rich and rewarding life. You know, the one you have been looking for. Just like the one I have just had.” - Jane


Jane Bassler was one of the most influential teachers I ever had. She encouraged me so much, and I've no doubt she is partially responsible for my Ph.D. I hope she knew how much she affected the lives of children. I'll never forget her.

- Richard Waters

Thank you to my husband Christopher Kirkham for giving me the honor and great privilege of getting to know his Dear Aunt Jane. I so throughly enjoyed our conversations and surely grew from Jane's
awesome insite , love and wisdom. Our earthly world has lost and Heaven has gained.

- Truedy L. Kirkham

Aunt Jane, we have lived, loved, laughed, and enjoyed your presence. We will miss you, your encouragement and sweet smile. We look forward to being with you again.
With Love, The Brad Andrews Family

- Brad Andrews

I just loved Mrs.Bassler one of my many favorite teachers in 5th grade at municipal in 1975.... I loved singing in her classes, she would have us all singing the old classic songs ❤I remember singing "All we are is Blowing in the Wind"... I think she once said it was one if her favorites?
Condolences to the Family , she was a wonderful lady. - Genae

- Genae Rasmussen

I am so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Bassler's passing. I have thought of her so much in the past year. I drove past her home in Roy and memories flooded back from Kindergarten. She was the best teacher I ever had. She taught me in Kindergarten and 6th grade at Municipal Elementary. She was so fair, kind and somehow kept us all on task. She was lovely. I was able to see her years later while employed at Merrill Lynch. She came into our office with her husband. He was such a character. I hope she had a wonderful, happy, healthy life. She deserved all of the best things. My heart goes out to you all for her loss. Sending prayers and love.

- Natalie Diarte Hunter

Dear Aunt Jane,
Thank you for all the many years of love, caring, generosity and true friendship. I am missing our visits via phone and in person. We have had many fun and happy memories.
I am very happy you are now in Heaven with Uncle Dave and all the other many family members and friends.
You were always so happy, positive, fun and very wise. You truly knew how to work with all the lovely children you were teaching. They learned so much from you in so many ways.
I am looking forward to being with you and Dave again.
Love Eternally from your Nephew,
Mike (Michael K. Jarvis)

- Michael K. Jarvis

Dear Aunt Jane,
I will miss hearing all of your wonderful stories and your great advice. You were always happy and a joy to be around. You always lifted my spirits and made me feel good about myself. I am sad for us not having you here, but I am happy for you to be able to be with Uncle Dave and all of the family and your many friends again. I love you very much!!! Love always, Rosemary

- Rosemary Ellison

I learned of this just today. I'm sorry for your loss. I remember her with fondness.

- Brian K Hansen