Rosanna Joan Bassett
Rosanna Joan Bassett
  • March 6, 1921 - October 23, 2017
  • Longwood, Kentucky

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Rosanna McLaughlin Bassett, age 96, peacefully joined her heavenly family while visiting her youngest daughter Tara in Louisville, Kentucky on October 23, 2017. The oldest of three children, Rosanna was born in New York City on March 6, 1921 to Elizabeth Jane McTaggart and William McLaughlin.

In the throes of World War II, Ramon Bassett and Rosanna McLaughlin, both serving in the US Navy, met, fell in love and then married in November 1945. Their loving marriage of 57+ years was a true model for others to aspire to, and the years they joyously spent together was proof of a once-in-a-lifetime love.

Rosanna awoke every morning with a smile on her face, and brightened the lives of loved ones, friends and even strangers with her cheerful countenance. A Certified Master Teacher for over 30 years, her students loved her and often brought their own children back to meet "Mrs. Bassett, my favorite teacher!" Rosanna taught, trained and supervised teachers in Language Arts and Social Studies (grades 1-9). A graduate of St. John's University in NY, where she was a thespian, she used her gifts to help hone the performance skills of many students, especially her three daughters.

The family was blessed to travel worldwide for 20+ years with the New Oregon Singers, Oregon's "Ambassadors of Song," entertaining active military for the USO during the Viet Nam War and afterward. Princess Grace of Monaco and Queen Elizabeth II of England were two of the many foreign dignitaries who issued "command performance" requests to the Singers.

Rosanna and Ramon were proud of their family's membership in the Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, and spent many happy hours in their motorhome, traveling cross-country, researching the documentation which allowed them to gain admission to the organizations. They were inseparable, and Maureen affectionately called them "True Grit" and "Nitty Gritty" (East meets West ie. John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara! )

Rosanna loved Jesus and was filled with the Spirit! She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, and Ramon joined her in that faith community before they married. They were charter members of St. Peter Chanel Catholic Parish in Roswell, GA (Atlanta area) living near their middle daughter Kathleen, and her family. Ramon founded the Knights of Columbus chapter there and Rosanna was in the KofC Ladies Auxiliary. She also served as a lector, bringing forth the WORD of God with dignity and grace!

Their good friend Monsignor Frank McNamee called them "The Commander" and "The Chief," for good reason. Rosanna and Ramon co-founded the Ramon H. Bassett American Legion Post 319, for which she served as Adjutant while Ramon was a dedicated recruiter of veterans to the Legion. The Boys State / Boys Nation Program was dear to their hearts for many years, and together, they sought out, trained and sponsored a number of talented rising seniors to attend GA boys State, one of whom went on to be elected as President of Boys Nation.

After Ramon's death in 2003, Rosanna moved to Roswell's St. George Village where she lived happily and securely on the campus of her parish church in the 5 star retirement community for a decade. Her joyful spirit, extraordinary intelligence and knowledge of the world made her a desired dinner companion. She could be found daily taking a walk around the lake - normative for such a conscientiously fit and trim "sailor".

She spent the past four years living in Florida with her eldest daughter Maureen and her husband Judge Carmine Bravo. From there, she traveled to visit family and friends.enjoying her golden years to the fullest. While with Maureen, she served as a faithful intercessor and prayer partner, attending numerous prayer meetings, events and adding her special touches in prayer to each gathering!

A proud mother to her three girls: Maureen Bassett Carson Bravo (Carmine), Orlando, Kathleen Bassett Magnusson, (Robert-deceased), Atlanta, and Tara Bassett, Louisville, Rosanna was predeceased by her brother James McLaughlin, also a Navy WWII veteran, and sister Mary McLaughlin Scott, a decorated, retired New York City Police Detective. Her brother in law, Charles Scott, lives in Atlanta.

Her grandchildren and their spouses and families were a source of deep pride and joy to Rosanna, who often expressed the wish that "Ramon / Granddaddy was here to see them"! Christopher Ramon Carson (Kathryn), Erin Carson Frauenheim (Ryan), Ryan Bassett Carson (Bethany), Kelly Rose Magnusson, along with additional grandchildren acquired through Maureen's marriage to Carmine: Christopher Thomas Bravo (Laura), Anthony Nicholas Bravo (Amelia), and Carmine Michael Bravo were each loved and affirmed by her at every family gathering!

The youngest loves of her life were the fifteen great-grandchildren: Fields Harris Carson (2) and Katie Sykes Carson (1 mo), Noah Ryan Frauenheim (11) and Carter Ashton Frauenheim (9), Anna Grace Carson (7), Caleb Chadwick Carson (5), Emily Joy Carson (3) and Joshua Ryan Carson (1), and Bradley Robert Ramon Magnusson (10). Great grandchildren from Carmine's side: Christopher Tomas Bravo, Jr and Laura Elizabeth Bravo (twins - 16) and Caleb Mitchell Bravo (14), Aurora Isabella Bravo (6) and Antonio Gabriel Bravo (2), Michael Tomas Lee Bravo (27) and Audrianna Elizabeth Rose Bravo (25). The children, (along with her grand dogs...Gracie, Brady and Wyatt, Scout and Hank), brought her great JOY! They all loved their "Great G'ma" and always enjoyed spending time with her.

Thus ends the earthly story of the lives and loves of two American patriots. Rosanna and Ramon Bassett, together once more, have embarked on their new assignment at "Post Everlasting". under the command of our Heavenly Commander-in-Chief, God-of-the-Angel-Armies. Farewell, dear ones!

Rosanna's Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday, November 7th at St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075. She will be laid to rest on Wednesday, at 10 AM on November 8th in Arlington Cemetery in Sandy Springs, GA alongside her beloved Ramon. All are welcome to attend as able!

Flowers or contributions may be sent to St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075. (Funds will be used at the discretion of Monsignor