Geraldine S. Bassett, 83, telephone operator

October 05, 2006

Geraldine S. Bassett, a retired telephone operator, died of emphysema Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital. The Roland Park resident was 83.

She was born Geraldine Stone in Baltimore and raised on Park Heights Avenue. She was a graduate of the old Fourteen Holy Martyrs Roman Catholic Church business school.

In 1946, she married Army Lt. Linus J. Bassett. They were living in Italy when her husband was killed in a traffic accident 11 months after their marriage.

Mrs. Bassett returned to Baltimore and became a telephone operator for Gulf Oil Co. In 1962, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she was a telephone operator for Chris-Craft in Pompano Beach.

She retired and moved to Roland Park in 1978.

Mrs. Bassett enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and baking lemon cookies. She also liked lunching with friends.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Jane Kane of Casselberry, Fla., and a niece and nephew.

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