Nancy Arone Bassett, 60

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Nancy Arone Bassett, 60Southborough – Surrounded by family, Nancy Arone Bassett, 60, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The beloved mother of three battled a rare form of cancer for two-and-a-half years prior to her death.

Nancy is survived by Ted, her husband of 31 years; three children, Andrew Bassett and his wife, Elizabeth, of Chicago, Allison Bassett of Brookline, and Christopher Bassett of Southborough; her father, Dr. Vincent J. Arone of Hopedale; and her siblings, Justine Milberg and her husband, John, of Bainbridge Island, WA, Cynthia Young and her husband, Peter, of Medway, and Vincent J. Arone Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Hopedale. She was predeceased by her mother, Marie P. (Leone) Arone, and her sister, Jane Antonellis.

Nancy was born in 1952 and grew up in Watertown and Hopedale. She was the salutatorian of her high school class at Hopedale High School, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College, and attained her Master's degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia.

She spent years as a counselor at both Simmons College and Boston College. More recently, she was a reading specialist at the Trottier Middle School in Southborough. She enjoyed tennis, spending the summer at Scraggy Neck Cape Cod, taking long walks with her friends, and being a member of several book clubs.

Nancy, Ted, their children, and their dog, Abby, live in Southborough, where they lived for nearly 30 years. More than anything, Nancy enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, whose relationships she cultivated and cherished until she passed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 23, at 12 noon, in the Sacred Heart Church, 187 Hopedale St., Hopedale. Burial will follow in the Hopedale Village Cemetery of Hopedale. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Buma Funeral Home – Uxbridge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lung Cancer Fund, c/o Mass General Hospital Development Office, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02191.