Kathleen Gensmer Bascombe

  • Born: March 16, 1924
  • Died: January 5, 2020
  • Location: Horicon, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Murray Funeral & Cremation Services, Horicon

716 Clinton Street
Horicon, WI 53032

Tel. (920) 485-2217

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma

Kathleen Gensmer Bascombe is once again reunited with her sisters in heaven, after leaving this earth on Sunday evening, January 5, 2020 at the age of 95. She was the youngest of three daughters born to Joseph and Eleanor (Metzger) Caughlin on March 16, 1924 and spent her childhood in Clyman, Wisconsin. Her parents named her Kathleen Mary Caughlin, thus initiating Kathleen's lifelong love for all things Irish. Kathleen's dad Joe worked for the railroad and she fondly remembered riding the train daily from Clyman to Juneau High School until her graduation in 1942.

After marrying Alvin Robert Gensmer in 1944, Kathleen and her new husband settled in the Horicon community. There they began their journey together raising seven children, making ends meet, supporting their church, and contributing to their community. Kathleen was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Horicon and a member of the Christian Women. She was also a member of the rosary makers group to send rosaries to the missions and the Schoenstatt Mother's league. She worked for many years as the smiling receptionist at Gardner Manufacturing Company in Horicon.

Kathleen remarried Hubert "Jack" Bascombe several years after Al's death. The couple hit the road, "snowbirding" to Florida each year. They crossed the continental U.S. several times, visiting children, grandchildren, old friends, and making new friends along the way. On many of these trips they paired up with Kathleen's older sister Lucille and her husband Milo Froh. Only they and the Good Lord know the trouble they got into, but they sure had a good time!

Kathleen loved to dance and will always be remembered for her kind heart, gentle manner, and fun-loving nature. We will miss her dearly, but are comforted knowing she is finally reunited with her loved ones in heaven.

Kathleen is survived by her five daughters: Mary (Kevin) Kuzdas of Middleton, Ann Peters of Horicon, Susan (Paul) Marquardt of Lee's Summit, MO, Sandra (Eugene) Rossing of Horicon and Heidi (Barry) Lueck of Madison; her son Richard (Linda) Gensmer of Broomfield, CO; son-in-law Greg Miller of Centerville, Utah; 16 grandchildren, many beloved great grandchildren, and her lifelong friend Evelyn Richter of Beaver Dam. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, first and second husbands, daughter Debra, her brother James in infancy, and sisters Lucille (Milo) Froh and Margaret (Ray) Pauli.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Parish in Horicon. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Father Michael Petrie as celebrant. Inurnment will be at St. Malachy Cemetery in Horicon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Parish in Horicon.

The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Horicon is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I extend my deep and heartfelt sympathies to all your family. Kathleen will always hold a special place in my heart! God bless you and keep you and give you peace dear Kathleen!

Posted by Chris Freber - Juneau, WI - Friend   January 09, 2020

The short time I got to know her I immediately fell in love with her. I loved her spunkiness she Had a smile that would light up the room. She will always have a special place in my heart. She made me realize what life is about. I will miss my Miss Kathleen.To her family and friends my condolences to u and u will be in my prayers.

Posted by Jelona Williams - Reeseville, WI - Acquaintance   January 08, 2020

I will miss her deeply. Something about her tugged at me. I kept saying i know her from someplace. After reading her obituary it clicked HORICON. I was raised in horicon. My mom worked at Gardners for awhile when my mom needed to paperwork it was kathleen at the front desk who smiled at me
It was that smile i will always remember.

Posted by Valarie Pocius - Fox lake, WI - Friend   January 08, 2020

I am sorry to hear of your Mom's death. She was such a cheerful and fun person. I know she's happy with her sisters, husbands etc in heaven. My prayers are with you.

Posted by Dorothy Jean Pauli - Watertown, WI - Friend   January 08, 2020

Condolences All... What a great obituary photo. Kathleen , Lucille and mom ( Margaret) are definitely telling stories and comparing notes in Heaven. Wouldn't we all love to be a fly on that heavenly wall! Three strong women who have positively impacted the life's of so many friends , relatives and strangers. Rest in Peace Aunt Kathleen .

Posted by Dave & Diane Pauli - BILLINGS, MT - Family   January 07, 2020

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