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George J. Baskfield

George J. Baskfield, age 87, of Sheboygan, died peacefully on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. He was born in Beaver Dam, WI on August 5, 1931, the son of the late Earl and Anna Hammer Baskfield.

George attended local schools in Beaver Dam and graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1949. He earned his bachelor’s degree at UW-Whitewater graduating in 1954, and then he attended UW-Milwaukee graduating with a master’s degree in education in 1963. 

On August 4, 1956, he was united in marriage to Helen Schmidtbauer in Beaver Dam. He always said this was the best thing he ever did. Helen preceded him in death in January of 2011. George was an educator for 33 years. He taught business education at Boyceville High School from 1954 to 1957, Oostburg High School from 1957-1961 and the Sheboygan Area School District (Farnsworth Jr. High School) from 1961-1965. George was also a guidance counselor at Farnsworth, Horace Mann and Sheboygan South High School from 1966 until his retirement in 1987.

George was a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Parish. He was a life member of the National Education Association and Wisconsin Education Association, SCARTA, Wisconsin Retired Educators Association and the Sheboygan County Oldtimers Baseball Association. After Helen’s passing, he along with his good friend Harold started a support group for men caring for those with Alzheimer’s. Through his work with the group he gained many long-lasting friendships. Although he was no longer the facilitator, he was actively involved. 

He had a great love for family and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping with family and friends. During his retirement, George and Helen enjoyed spending winters in Tucson, Arizona. They also spent many years as Camp Hosts for the Wisconsin State Park System. Through their many years of traveling they developed many friendships along the way.

Survivors include his three children, Patrick Baskfield (special friend, Renee), of Brown Deer, Mary Jo (David) Opgenorth, of Sheboygan and Michael Baskfield, of Waupun; two grandchildren, Kari Opgenorth, of Sheboygan and Jamon (Kelle) Opgenorth, of Verona; two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Isla Opgenorth of Verona, and a brother, Gerald (Mary) Baskfield, of Beaver Dam. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. George was preceded in death by his parents, wife and his son, James. 

A memorial service for George will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan with Father Paul Fliss officiating. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers all memorials will be given to the Alzheimer’s Men’s Support group that he and Harold established.

A special thank you to the staff at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for providing comfort and peace.

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Services Rendered by: Reinbold Novak Funeral Home

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