Rita LaBasco

Obituary of Rita LaBasco

Rita was kind woman who never said a bad thing about anyone. In 1947, she graduated from General Hospital’s Nursing Program, determined to give back to her community. Rita was enlisted in the United States Army Cadet Corp for a time. Later, she worked at the Children’s Hospital and at the Gowanda Psychiatric Center. She had a dedication to helping people in her community and a passion for caretaking that is truly a rare and special find.

Rita had the incredible luck of meeting the love of her life, Al, in 1932 when they were in the first grade. When he was 12, Al would stand on his 9 year old brother’s shoulders to get a look at Rita. As teens, they loved to roller skate together with their friends. The secret to their marriage? How much they truly loved each other. Anyone who spent even a few moments with them could see their love and dedication to one another.

In the words of Rita’s family, to know her is to love her. Her hobby was raising her five children, and when they were adults and starting families of their own, she took joy in helping them with her grandchildren. As a family, they loved to travel, whether it be to Florida to visit Rita’s son, Mark, or to Hawaii. Whenever they traveled by car, she preferred to take the back roads. Rita was, without a doubt, the glue of her family. Please take a glue stick to always remember how she still manages to bring and keep us together with her love.

LaBasco, Rita M. (nee Doney) March 4, 2018 of Hamburg, NY. Beloved wife of Albert R. LaBasco; devoted mother of Nancy (Alexander) Merzacco, Donna (late Alfred) Musacchio, Mark (Dawn), late Albert Jr., and late Mary Ellen LaBasco; also survived by 9 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Athol Spring, NY on Friday at 10:30 AM. No prior visitation and interment is private. Arrangements by LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 716-627-2919. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Charities. Online donations and condolences at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.