In memory of
Joseph P. Basinsky
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In memory of
Joseph P. Basinsky
BASINSKY JOSEPH P. 82, of Shelby Twp. went to celebrate Easter with his Heavenly Father midnight, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Following a courageous three-year battle with cancer, he passed peacefully at home surrounded by Madeleine his devoted wife and loving family. Born March 19, 1935 to Michael and Stella Basinsky in Monarch, PA. Early in life, his father taught him to hunt and fish, inspiring a love of the outdoors. Moving to Michigan at 12, he attended the Patronage of St. Joseph, graduating in 1953. After Joe's first date with Madeleine on Valentine's Day, he told his mother, "I'm going to marry her." He was 19, and she was 16. After a two-and-a-half-year courtship, they wed, and their love story continued for over 60 years. Together, they lovingly raised three children who gave them six grandchildren. They travelled extensively throughout America and abroad. A natural-born athlete, Joe played and coached baseball. He was also a bowler, participating in many leagues. Ultimately golf became the sporting passion of his life. Over 20 years, he and Madeleine organized yearly group outings for many friends at McGuire's Resort. Joe frequently participated in charity tournaments, including St. Jude's Children Hospital and Capuchin Retreat. His magnetic personality and way of mangling the English language left an impression on everyone. Joe's spirit was infectious. He was blessed with lasting friendships. Joe enjoyed "his chair," napping, and riding lawn mower that resulted in a manicured lawn. A natural musician, Joe was able to play every instrument he picked up. He would often spend evenings playing his guitar for Madeleine. Joe gave 44 years of dedicated service to GM. Beginning as a tool and die maker with Fisher Body, talent and drive elevated him to the position of Engineering Group Manager. Throughout that time, he received numerous awards for design innovations and efficiency-improving suggestions. A lifelong devout Catholic, Joe worshipped the last 36 years at St. Kieran's in Shelby Twp. He served as an usher and volunteered with many parish causes, including MCREST. He was overwhelmingly humbled by the love, prayers, and support the parish family extended during his illness. He often stated, "I was with truly blessed with the best partner, loving family, and incredible friends. I've had a great run." He is survived by wife, Madeleine (Schwager) Basinsky; sister Mary Loraine (Bill) Bradley of Fair Haven, MI; children, Deborah (Stephen) Liptak of Boardman, OH, Michael (Nancy) Basinsky of Cleveland, TN, and Rebecca (Michael) Crimmins of Washington Township, MI; and grandchildren, Stephanie Liptak of Pittsburgh, PA; Matthew Liptak of Alexandria, VA; Kathryn Basinsky of Arlington, VA; Jacklyn (Joe) Justice of Atlanta, GA; Atticus Crimmins and MacKale Crimmins, both of Washington Township, MI. Joe is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation Tuesday 3-9 p.m., April 18, at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. (Shelby Twp.) 54880 Van Dyke at 25 Mile Road. Scripture Service Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Instate Wednesday 10:30 a.m., April 19, until 11:00 a.m. time of Mass at St. Kieran Catholic Church, 53600 Mound Road. Memorial tributes can be made to the Capuchins or St. Kieran Catholic Church appreciated. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guestbook" at WujekCalcaterra.com
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