George  Basalla

George Basalla

Thursday, April 10th, 1924 - Friday, May 8th, 2020
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George Basalla, 96, of Bellefonte, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College. Born on April 10, 1924, in Clarence, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Mucak) Basalla. On February 17,1947, in Richmond, VA, he married Priscilla A Robinson. Pricilla passed away on April 14, 2015.

George attended the Clarence School. He enlisted in the US Army on March 13, 1943. He earned the rank of T-5 and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Medal, EAME Theater Service Medal w/3 Bronze Stars, and the Victory Medal before his honorable discharge on January 13, 1946.

After returning home from the service, George attended Penn State University, graduating in 1948 in Dairy Husbandry. He then opened George’s Dairy, in Clarence, and delivered dairy products throughout Centre County. He sold his business in 1970.

George was a Sales Manager at KV Dairy in Belleville for several years. He worked 7 years full time and 17 years part time as the Industrial Contract Rep. at Skills in Bellefonte, was the coordinator for CEDA Program in Centre County Government for 9 years, and served as administrator for the Snow Shoe Medical Center and Penns Valley Medical Center for many years.

George was a life member of the Dormition of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church in Clarence where he served as a trustee for many years and was the lead Cantor for over 60 years. He was the member of the Clarence American Legion Post 813 where he served as past president, past president of the Snow Shoe Area Lions Club, past chairman for the Mt. Top Pool, a member of the Bellefonte Kiwanis Club, and the Health Systems Board for CEDA Cog in Lewisburg for several years. In 1968, while with Mountain Top Area Pool Association, George secured the funding to put in the new swimming pool at Snow Shoe Park. He was also instrumental in the expansion of the Mountain Top Area Medical Center.

Whether it was at the top of the hill, next to his garden, at Coffee Clutch, or at a weekly card game, George was always willing to offer his wisdom and experience on life, and how to make the best of it. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was deeply involved in his church and community, always wanting to help those around him. George would do anything for anyone, and he nurtured the relationships he had.

George is survived by his daughter, Georgia Ann Koontz of Neptune Beach, FL; three grandchildren, Ben Basalla-Taxis, Meghan Fiveash, and Lindsay Bakula, and five great grandchildren, Lexi (Alexandria), Adelle, Rye, River (James) and Leland.

Along with his parents and wife, George was preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Basalla-Taxis, son in-laws, Edwin Basalla-Taxis and James Koontz, four brothers: John, Joe, Andy, and Steve, and seven sisters: Mary, Anna, Elizabeth, Susan, Verna, Helen, and Margaret. George was the last of his generation.

Due to the current pandemic, services will be private. George will be laid to rest beside his wife at St. Mary’s Byzantine Cemetery in Clarence. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, 106 W. Sycamore St. Snow Shoe. An online guest book can be signed or condolences to the family available at www.daughenbaughfuneralhome.com.
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    St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    Snow Shoe Township
    CLARENCE, PA
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Mrf

Posted at 08:25am
I had the pleasure, joy, and challenge, of working with George during my 25 years at Skill’s Industrial Center. He never failed to make us laugh and appreciate life! He taught me how to be a better person. When that twinkle in his eyes arrived, we knew some good stories were coming. Love you George, give Carroll a hug.
Mrf (Mary Frances Severino)

Laura Wrong

Posted at 07:40pm
I didn’t get the privilege of spending a lot of time with George; however, I did on a hand full of occasions get the pleasure of meeting and talking with him while visiting the rest of the family in PA. One memory comes to mind, about 16 or 17 years ago, we walked together through a small patch of grape vines he had in his yard. I will always remember the thick skin and bitter seeds of the lusciously juicy grapes. Moreover I will remember George’s kindness and humor. I like to think we are similar in our humor and outlook on life. George will be missed very much. My condolences to the family.
DK

Dan Komperda

Posted at 07:47am
I had always looked forward to seeing Uncle George when I traveled to Clarence. I especially remember him visiting camp during buck season. He would stop in for dinner, BS with the guys and stand by the fireplace to warm his bones before he left. He always had a smile on his face. I remember when we would talk he always asked how my mother was and the rest of the Botson family. With the passing of Uncle George, my grandma's youngest brother, the end of an era comes to a close. Although I was not able to attend the services, my heart was in Clarence that day at St Mary's listening to Jimmy and Linda cantor the mass as Uncle George had always wanted.
God Bless you Uncle George and may God Bless all of my friends and relatives.
Dan 'Doc' Komperda

Micki DeBrasky Hartranft

Posted at 07:17pm
George was one of a kind. He was a straight shooter and mince words. He told me a story about delivering milk to my Grandmother. He was quick with his wit and he enjoyed a good conversation. I'm truly going to miss him. Until we meet again.
KA

Karen Andrus-Smith

Posted at 06:29am
Dear Georgie Ann ~
Your one-of-a-kind father will be missed by generations of people, especially those up here on the Mountaintop! What he and your mother did for this community is invaluable. I so enjoyed talking with him when he visited Centre Crest, even though there were times I simply had to excuse myself to get back to work! Haha. My sympathy to you and your family.
~ Jeff Hall’s niece, Karen
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