March 31, 2020
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BALDWINVILLE, Mass. – It is with great sadness that we said “sweet dreams” to our beautiful mother, Sally Ann (Wetzler) Basso, March 29, 2009, with her devoted and large extended family by her side. She was 62. She was born Aug. 13, 1946, in Bangor, daughter of Dorrice (Trickey) and Robert Wetzler Sr. She was educated in Bangor schools and graduated from Bangor High School in 1964. She worked at Rural Pediatrics for many years, eventually retiring from Verizon. Many of you may have known her from Stacey’s, where she waitressed, tended bar and took cover for many, many years. Our mother was a dynamic, talented and loving woman who touched the lives of all who met her. Sally loved attracting wild birds to her many feeders, and also gardening, fishing, knitting, crocheting and sewing. There was not one craft our mother didn’t master. She leaves behind her devoted and loving husband of six years, John Basso Sr., who took care of her and stuck by her side when her health was failing. We are grateful for his patience and care. She is also survived by her five children and their partners, Shealene Dumond and companion, Craig, Shawna Allen and her husband, Chris, Shari Bauer and her husband, Bob, Steven Michael and his wife, Barbara Jean, and Sara James. Her legacy and her greatest joy were her grandchildren, who called her “Nanny,” Tyla and Austin Dumond, CJ Allen, Lana and Keaton Michael, Logan and Brady Bauer, and DJ and Abby Monteith. She is also survived by two siblings, her sister, Mary Lou Potts and her husband, Phil and their children, Jason and Jaida Wade; and her brother, Robert Wetzler Sr. and his wife, our mother’s oldest and dearest friend, Deanna and their children, Mark and Chris Wetzler. She also leaves behind five stepchildren and their families, who she loved as if they were her own, Tony, Terry, Todd and John Jr. Basso, and Debbie Fullerton. Our families thank Dr. Croteau and the rest of the staff at Heywood Hospital, Gardner, Mass., for their expert and gentle care of our mother and their genuine concern for us. A private memorial service will be announced at a later date. Those who wish may make donations to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.

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