Dolores A. Basara
1928 - 2021
J. F. Ott Funeral Home, Inc.
805 Pennsylvania Ave
Irwin, PA
Dolores Ann (Battiston) Basara, born Dec. 4, 1928, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, with Eli, her husband and best friend of 71 years, by her side. Dolores was born in Yukon, the oldest child of Mario and Mary (Brozack) Battiston. As a teenager, Dolores worked in her father's movie theater in Export, taking tickets and selling popcorn. She developed her love for living and her interest in all that was around her early in life. Dolores graduated from the Seton Hill Academy where she made lifelong friends. On Sept. 26, 1950, she married the love of her life, Eli. Dolores' love for life was equaled only by her love and devotion to her family. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to pursue all their interests and that any obstacle could be overcome. She turned the family station wagon into a taxi service, spending her time at swim meets, bowling leagues practices, Scout meetings, basketball games, dance lessons, guitar lessons and other activities her children and grandchildren were participating in. She was creative in the "culinary arts," trying any new recipe, and Sundays were always spent hosting family dinners where a place setting for 12 was never enough. Her home was filled with laughter. Unexpected relatives, friends and friends of friends were always welcomed, and somehow there was an endless amount of food to accommodate any number. She and Eli would pile the children into the car for Sunday drives and vacations, and Dolores' car trunk was like Mary Poppin's bag: filled with more things than could possibly fit without some magical power. Dolores's creativity and talent extended into many fields, including crocheting, knitting, interiors, sewing and fashion, and sometimes construction. As an expert at the sewing machine, she was fearless in attempting new projects. She made gowns, costumes, coats, curtains and upholstered furniture for her family and for several clients. She worked with her husband in the family business, Export Metal Products, and could be found on many late evenings in the basement painting cast aluminum street signs with reflective paint, many of which are still visible today in cities and towns across the country. She was an avid gardener and had a house full of tropical plants and flowers and extensive flower and vegetable gardens in the summer. She instilled that love of plants and gardening in her children and grandchildren. Dolores loved spending time with her grandchildren, teaching them how to sew and bake, reading with them and taking them on vacations. Later in her life, she was always ready to travel, and she and Eli had many adventures to faraway places including Hawaii, Italy, (to visit the origins of the Battiston family, where she ran into a cousin from Ohio on a ladder), Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong and China. She and Eli embraced and engaged in every local culture; they remained opened-minded and interested in the opinions of everyone they met. Consequently, they made friends and captured the hearts of many around the world. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mario and Mary; her two sons at a very young age, Joseph and David; and her sister, Patricia Bowling. Dolores was the brightest light for her family and will be sadly missed, but also always be celebrated with smiles, laughter and tears by her surviving families including her children, Mary (Basara) and Mike Adam, Nick and Denise Basara, Michael Basara, Diane (Basara) and Victor Britton, Jim and Gaylynn Basara; and her grandchildren, Nikki Lynn (Basara) and J.J.Long, Emily (Basara) and Justin Killian, Mario and Valeria Basara, Simon Baker, and David Britton. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Anthony and Alex Long; and by her siblings, Alfred and MaryAnn Battiston, Robert and Karen Battiston, and Christine and Bernard Shuglie; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at which time a blessing service will be held, Saturday at OTT FUNERAL HOME INC., 805 Pennsylvania Ave, Irwin, PA 15642. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to the charity of your choice in Dolores' honor or to Norwin Meals on Wheels, 12735 Lincoln Way, North Huntingdon, PA 15642. For online condolences, please visit The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Westmoreland Manor, who cared for Dolores during the past several months.
Published by Tribune Review from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27, 2021.
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Sincere condolences
David Obrien
November 27, 2021
My deepest sympathy for your family's loss. Sending prayers out.
Pam Rittenhouse Malfara
November 26, 2021
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