November 15, 1928 ~ January 22, 2021

Born in: Broadhead, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Funeral Mass for Joe Bassetti:

Joe Bassetti Jr., 92, went home to be with the Lord on January 22, 2021. Survived by his loving wife of 66 years, and best friend for 69 years, Phyllis; daughters, Darlene Bassetti (Regan Munson) and Tami (Allen) Horvat; son, Anthony Bassetti (Melinda Welch); grandchildren, Shandra Horvat (Matt Matott), Brandon Horvat (Jessica Bragazzi-Horvat), Terren (AJ) Wilson, Elle (Zach) Core and Jared Horvat (Alissa Montoya); great-grandchildren, Craig, Gavin, Brock, Jett, Levi, Emmie, Ezra and Sidney; sister, Bobbie Jean (Matt) Lucero; sisters-in-law, Grace Bassetti, Angie Bonacquisti and Nell Guarienti; several loving nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by grandson, Dustin Horvat; parents, Joe & Jimmie Bassetti, in-laws, Angelo & Nellie Barbero; brother, Larry Bassetti; brothers-in-law, George Bonacquisti, Joe Bilotti, Don Guarienti and Ralph Barbero; sisters-in-law, Elaine Barbero and Grace Bilotti; and son-in-law, Jim Anderson.
Joe was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Broadhead, Colo. He was a decorated war veteran, serving in the US Army Infantry during the Korean War (1951 – 1953). He earned a master’s degree in education from The University of Northern Colorado (Greeley). He lovingly taught in School District 60, for 30 years, beginning his teaching career at Corwin Middle School. Joe then became a charter member of South High Staff, and joined with the opening of the school in 1959, and remained teaching there until his retirement. He taught Industrial Arts (crafts) and Woodshop.
Joe enjoyed many things during his lifetime. He loved family first, music, dancing, playing the saxophone, writing music, coffee, wood-working & carpentry, taking pictures of his family & friends, camping, swimming, working in his shop, especially with his grandson Jared, enjoying friends’ company, bowling, ice skating, family outings, sports (Rockies & Broncos), jewelry making, family dinners, and ushering at his church (Holy Family). He especially enjoyed making tapes of music, wooden signs, and hand-made clocks for family, friends, and businesses within the local community.
Joe was a member of Holy Family Parish, South High Alumni, Fraternal Order of Eagles #145, Musicians Union, and Rockhounds.
Visitation, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, January 28, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, located at 1317 North Main Street, Pueblo, CO.
Funeral Mass, 11 a.m. Friday, January 29, Holy Family Parish, located at 2827 Lakeview Ave, Pueblo, CO. Private family interment.
Due to COVID-19, there will be limited seating available for the service. We will have a live stream of the services. Streaming information can be found at
Special thank you to all of the family and friends who have called, sent cards and prayers. Also, thank you to his doctors, Dr. Sternjholm, Dr. Stout, Dr. Shapiro, Dr. Grahek, the Palliative Hospice team and the Sangre de Cristo Hospice Team.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South High Alumni Scholarship, P.O. Box 1065, Pueblo, CO 81002, Fraternal Order of Eagles #145, 1615 S. Prairie Ave.#231, Pueblo, CO 81005 or Children’s Hospital of Colorado, 4125 Briargate Pkwy., Colorado Springs, CO 8020.  If you have another organization dear to your heart, feel free to make a donation in his honor there instead.


Visitation: January 28, 2021 4:00 pm - January 28, 2021 7:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


Funeral Mass: January 29, 2021 11:00 am

Holy Family Church
2827 Lakeview Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81005


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  1. Dear Aunt Phyllis, Anthony, Darlene, Tami, and all the Bassetti,
    Our love and prayers are with you at this time and always! We will truly miss Uncle Joe! he was a wonderful and kind man who truly loved his family. Even though we can not be with you our hearts go out to you. May the Lord Jesus grant you peace and may you know that He is with you to comfort you!

    All our Love,
    Michael, Alma, Nick, and Tony

  2. Dear Phyllis and family,
    In deepest sympathy, I am so sorry to hear of Joe passing. He was such a wonderful and loving person. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you. God Bless you all. Love, Pat

  3. CandleImageAm sorry to here of your loss, your father was an amazing person and he will be missed. My fondest memory was sitting in class with him in high school ! We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and Prayers and please let us know if you need anything . Pacheco Family

  4. CandleImageMy deepest sympathies to all of the Bassetti Family! Such a beautiful Mass today for Mr. Bassetti! He will truly be missed. God Bless You all! Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!

  5. On behalf of my parents, Pete & Rose Baccarella who loved Joe and Phyllis’ visits to our home in Pueblo, my family will always hold a warm memory in our hearts. We have peace in knowing that Joe is now with them in Christ. Love, Pete and Jewel Baccarella.

  6. Dear Phyllis, Tami, Allen, and family:

    We were so saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. We have so many fond memories: watching the two of you dancing, many parties and get-togethers, and especially the Sunday morning breakfasts at Patty’s or Village Inn. I know Joe will be deeply missed by many. You touched so many lives. Dan and I so appreciate receiving your cards over the years. We would be with you today if we could. Hope to visit you when it’s safe.
    Much love,
    Carol (Baccarella) and Dan Pohja

  7. I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Bassetti’s passing. He was one of my favorite teachers at South. He was the only one of the few teachers who sent me a graduation card. I will always remember his crafts class. My mom sent me some momentos a few weeks back and one of them was a ring I made for her in Mr. Bassetti’s class. Rest In Peace. You were a great man and teacher.

  8. CandleImageDear Phyllis. It was so sad to hear the news of Joe passing away. I agree with everyone that he was such a nice, smart, talented, caring man. Those qualities will be sorely missed. Growing up on Hyacinth Street with you and Joe as our neighbors brings a HUGE smile to my face. Even though I won’t be able to join the family tomorrow at the service, please know that I will be there in spirit. May Joe rest in peace.

    With love,
    Joseph “Marshal” Franco

  9. I’m sad to hear of Joe’s crossing over. I too had the pleasure of being one of his students. He was one of my most memorable teachers. He really new how to bring out the best in his students. I’m sure he will be missed by many.

  10. CandleImageWe are so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He impacted so many lives. I first met him as my teacher and he taught me and other students woodworking and jewelry crafting, I still have the butterfly necklace I made for my mom, with his guidance and help. I later got to know Joe as my brother married his daughter Tami. Joe was a loving husband, father and friend to everyone that knew him. He was kind, patient, funny and caring and he will be missed. Everyone loved Joe. I am blessed to have knew him and shared wonderful memories with him. Our deepest sympathies to Phyllis, Anthony, Darlene, Tami and their families.
    Brenda and Ivan Pelaez

  11. Our sincerest sympathies to you and your family members Mrs. Bassetti. Joe was always an interesting guy to chat with and enjoy a few laughs! He was a dedicated and respected teacher. Bill and Leona Hrutky

  12. CandleImageSad to hear of Mr. Bassetti passing. One of the best teachers at South High. Extremely intelligent and kind hearted. God’s speed Mr. Bassetti, thanks for your friendship and teaching us so many skills.
    Frank Peralta, Pueblo South High School Class of 1966, Corwin Jr. High School.

  13. We enjoyed Joe so much, Karl as a fellow Ind. Arts teacher, and me as a “paisan” from Trinidad. So sorry for your loss. Karl and Ann Marie Kottenstette

  14. CandleImageMr Bassetti was such a kind and wonderful teacher. I was in his crafts class at south High school. He touched so many lives in such a positive way.

  15. CandleImageMr. Bassetti was my favorite teach in High School at South. So, sorry to hear of his passing. He made learning enjoyable and fun. Prayers to him and the family.

  16. CandleImageDoris Ask
    January 26, 2021

    I am sorry to hear that Joe has passed away.
    My deepest sympathy goes out to you Phyllis and family.

  17. Our hearts ache to hear of Joe’s passing! Our deepest sympathies go out to Phyllis, Tami and the rest of your family. What a dear sweet man Joe was. We know he will be greatly missed by all of you, and All who knew him!

  18. I grew up on Hyacinth street where Joe, Phyllis, Darlene, Tammy and Anthony lived. I remember Joe being such an excellent carpenter and craftsman. He built his daughters a fabulous playhouse in their backyard where I had the good fortune to play there with Tammy. In highschool, Joe was my shop teacher. He was always so kind and patient. He taught us how to make our own hanging lamps. Joe and Phyllis were always there for my parents as time went on and I’ll always appreciate what good neighbors they were. Rest in peace, Joe, you were one of a kind.

  19. CandleImageI’m so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing and my thoughts and prayers are with Phyllis and the Family. I grew up right up the street from the Bassetti’s. Joe was such a kind man and was always there to help his neighbors when needed. Rest in Peace dear Joe.

  20. CandleImageOur prayers and thoughts are with the family. So sorry for the loss of such a good and loving man.

    Marie Oreskey and
    Susan and Peter Juba

  21. I was so sorry to hear of Mr Bassetti’s passing. He was a very kind and wonderful neighbor. Growing up my brothers, sisters and I knew he was there for us. When we became adults and left home we knew he and Phyllis were there for our parents Ish and Juanita Franco. My prayers, thoughts and love go out to Phyllis and the family.

  22. Mr Bassetti was a wonderful and kind neighbor. Growing up on Hyacinth my brother’s sisters and I always knew he was there for us. Once we became adults and left we knew he and Phyllis were there for our parents Ish and Juanita Franco. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers, thoughts and love go out to Phyllis and his family.

  23. CandleImageMr. Bassetti was a wonderful neighborhood and friend. As a child growing up with his children as our friends I remember always feeling welcomed and safe. I admired his talent and giving heart. He and his family are a fond memory of my youth. Mr. Bassetti and his family were always there for our family especially for our parents as they aged. Thank you for all you shared with our family and all the students you taught throughout your life.

    • We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Bassetti. He was such a kind man and wonderful educator. I remember him as a wonderful father to my dear friend Tami and her siblings. He was always very proud to teach at South, and South was very fortunate to have him on the staff. Mrs. Bassetti, Tami, and family, may your beautiful memories comfort you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  24. I am so sorry to hear that Joe passed away. He was such a sweet man! My deepest sympathies to Phyllis and her family.

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