Barbara J. Bassford

| 16 Oct 2012 | 03:48

    Barbara J. Bassford died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 in Leesburg, Va. She was 85.

    Mrs. Bassford, known to all as Bobbi, formerly resided in Upper Greenwood Lake and Rochelle Park.

    Born May 11, 1927, in Winthrop, Mass., she was the daughter of William F. and Frances (Hyatt) Johnson.

    She was married to Robert James Bassford, who predeceased her in 1991.

    Bobbi was a member for many years and an elder for two years of the Warwick Reformed Church, where she also sang in the choir.

    She was a member of the Warwick Valley Chorale for many years and sang at Carnegie Hall with the group.

    Bobbi worked at The Record in Hackensack for many years. She was active in the Boy Scouts, first as a den mother, and then as an advisor, along with her husband Bob, of the Thunderhawks Indian Dance Group 188, in Rochelle Park. She spent many hours researching authentic Native American dress and dance, making costumes and teaching dance and lore to the scouts and other community groups. The group performed at the 1964 World’s Fair.

    She is survived by her daughters: Dawn Jackson and her husband David of Haymarket, Va., and Bonnie Bastarrechea and her husband Benny of Ringwood; four grandchildren: James Jacob and his wife Sonya, Jennifer Jacob, Lance Horton and Matthew Horton; seven great-grandchildren: Christopher, Patrick and Audrey Jacob, Lily and Whit Jackson, Meika and Isaac Horton; and a host of friends and family.

    She was predeceased by a son, Lance Bassford, in 1971; a brother, William F. Johnson, in 2010; and a grandson, John Jackson, in 2012.

    The funeral was held Oct. 15 at Warwick Reformed Church, followed by interment in the North Hardyston Cemetery in Hamburg.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to North East Regional Scout Museum, 33 W. Passaic St., Rochelle Park, NJ 07662.

    Funeral arrangments were made by Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home in Warwick. For further information or to send an online condolence, see