Gregory Bassler

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Gregory Bassler, 68, of Belleville, IL, born June 12, 1953, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Bassler attended Belleville Area College, Belleville, IL, and worked in the reference department of the Belleville Public Library. Greg enjoyed growing roses and was very family oriented. He loved spending time with his siblings, and the nieces and nephews considered him “one of the greatest uncles ever.” He was a huge fan of John Denver and had a passion for country music.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence P. and Marcella A., nee Schilling, Bassler; and two sisters, Sharon (Bob) Dietz, and Rosemary (Bob) Ivy.

Surviving are his eight siblings, Kenneth (Eileen) Bassler, David (Janice) Bassler, Michael (Marianne) Bassler, Jim Bassler, John (Terri) Bassler, Bonnie (John) Kistner, Pat (Don) Miller, and Pam (Steve) Erwin; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 am. Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines will be followed, including masks and social distancing.

Funeral: A Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Masks are required.

Burial will be at Holy Childhood Catholic Cemetery, Mascoutah, IL.


23 Comments on Gregory Bassler

Elizabeth Wissbaum said : Guest Report Mar 19, 2022 at 10:56 PM

I learned of Greg's passing when I saw the house for sale. I'm so sorry! Greg was always so friendly & the epitome of kindness whenever I was at the library. Such a sweet gentle soul! He was also one of the best neighbors on our street. He will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
JACK OESTERLE,JR. said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2021 at 12:25 AM

Dear Jim, I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother! He was always so nice in school! He will be missed! "May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him" May He Rest In Peace! Mary & Jack Oesterle,Jr. Kirkwood,Missouri

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Toni Thompson said : Guest Report Dec 03, 2021 at 5:52 AM

Greg was a 1971 ACHS classmate. He was a kind, gentle soul who always did the right thing. We will miss him and honor him at at our 50th class reunion Mass at St Henry's (next to Althoff) Sat May 28 at 4pm. Please join us in celebration

  • Nashville
  • TN
Joan and Jim Dohle said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 10:13 PM

Our sympathies to the Bassler family! You are in our thoughts and prayers

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Mary Anne Warnecke said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2021 at 6:56 AM

My condolences to all the siblings whether I know you or not. May he rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Freda Blanchard said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2021 at 1:27 PM

Wow 🥲My cares and prayers and sympathy for the family 💖Pat Miller in the whole entire family I to have good memories of Greg he taught me some things at the Belleville public library where I met him 🙏🏾and he will truly be missed. God Bless Greg family & friends 🙌🏾😇Amen

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dave Arndt said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 10:28 AM

I have so many fond memories of growing up with Greg and the gang on 33rd St. From excursions to the Bellevue Park Plaza to chasing down the Mr. Softee ice cream truck, Greg was always up for an adventure. He was a great friend -- my deepest condolences to the Bassler family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Douglas smith said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2021 at 8:17 AM

Prayers for the family . Greg was a kind and gentle soul and will be miss

  • Edwardsville
  • Il
Kathy McDade Draper said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 7:15 PM

Deepest Sympathy to siblings n spouses, nieces, nrphews, great nieces & great nephews. May you know that Greg is in God's loving hands, and is no longer in pain. May God give you all strength n guidance. R.I.P. Greg

  • Belleville
  • IL
Karen Becker said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 4:50 PM

I am so saddened to hear of Greg's passing. I will always remember his kindness and compassion. A gentle soul and he will be missed. Pat and Terri please know that you and your family are in my prayers 🙏

  • Crest hill
  • IL
Lynn Keiner Glauber said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 2:03 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Greg many years ago at the BPL. He was a warm and caring soul. May he rest in peace. My sympathies to his family.

  • Hillsboro
  • Mo
Rich said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 1:36 PM

Dear Mike and all the family I'm sorry to see this about Greg's passing. He continued to be a gentle person the same as he was growing up. He will be truly missed. My deepest sympathies and my prayers are with you all.

  • Leesburg
  • Florida
Barb Smith said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 12:33 PM

Pat and Terri, I am very sorry to hear that Greg passed away. I always enjoyed talking to him. I was a big Emmylou Harris fan and we often talked music. He was a very kind man.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Mike Coggeshall said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 11:30 AM

I am so sorry to hear about this. I knew Greg from both Althoff (class of '71) and from my years at the Belleville Public Library in the '70s. He was kind and gentle and a great human being.

  • Clemson
  • South Carolina
Synthia Kalinowski said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 10:47 AM

May special memories of Gregs soft kindness and love stay with you always. Loved how easy going Greg was to work with. Prayers for you all during this sad time.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Nancy Heires said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2021 at 7:44 AM

The Althoff Class of 1971 sends our condolences to Greg's family. May be rest in peace.

  • Richardson
  • TX
Pat Feldt said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 7:46 PM

So sorry for the lost of Greg. I worked with him at Belleville West Branch Library. Greg was always so kind and a wonderful person. He will really be missed by everyone. Sending prayers to all of the family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Joe & Kathleen Davis said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 1:32 PM

Bonnie, Sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in our prayers. May God continue to be with your entire family.

  • Linwood
  • Kansas
Susi Harrison said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 1:01 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Greg at the public library in Belleville and was always impressed by his gentle kindness and subtle sense of humor. He was one of a kind. Our world will be a sadder place without him.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Carol Kirby said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 11:48 AM

It is so sad that the world no longer has Greg in it, but I know he is in a far better place - with his parents and sisters and enjoying being pain free. Greg and I were "work buddies" for a long time and I truly cared about him - and still do. Greg, enjoy your new home in heaven! You deserve all of the peace and joy it brings.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jan Eakins Jones said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2021 at 8:42 AM

May Greg rest in peace. Caring thoughts and prayers to the family and friends who knew him. He was such a kind and wonderful friend. He will be missed.

  • Rockford
  • IL
Linda Humphries said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2021 at 9:54 PM

To Greg's family may you all accept my sympathy. To Greg I thank you for the years of friendship working together in the reference desk sharing family and helping each other help customers. I most remember the trip to the botanical gardens and all you showed me about Rose's for my house. I know you are in heaven with family and God. You will be missed my friend. Again to Pat and all her family may you be comforted that Greg is now totally healthy and happy to be watching over everyone he loves. Blessings Reverend Linda Humphries

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dr Ann M Stock said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2021 at 4:29 PM

Oh my goodness! This man was a wonderful person. He could play a aggressive monopoly game, made fantastic cheese cake, Had Foxes on his socks. My dear friend, you shall be missed. I will see you in heaven!

  • Belleville
  • IL

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