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1942 John 2023

John R. Basiletti

February 7, 1942 — January 8, 2023

John R. Basiletti, 80, of Dover passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2023 in the Hennis Care Centre at Bolivar.


He was born on February 7, 1942 in Dover and was the son of the late John A. Basiletti and Sue Tiffner. In addition to his parents, John was also preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Basiletti who passed away only four days ago on January 4, 2023; his sister, Joan Wolfe and former daughter in law, Joy Stealey.


John retired from Republic Steel in Massillon after 32 years of service, and was a member of the Dover Eagles Club. In his spare time, he loved taking road trips with Joyce along with working jigsaw puzzles, collecting antiques and camping. John also loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter.


A wonderful and loving father and grandfather, John is survived by his children, Erick N. (Kelly “Blinky”) Stealey and Greg A. Stealey, both of Dover; grandchildren, Erick (Caitlin) Stealey, Samantha (Eric) Bonaduce, Ashlee Kurtz, Kyle (Tori) Kurtz, Brittany Stealey, Brianna Stealey, Selena (Justin) Miller and Sierra Stealey; ten great-grandchildren, and another great-grandchild expected in April; along with his sister, Nancy S. Kimble of Dover; several nieces and nephews; and good friends, Lee and Rose Pease.


Honoring John’s wishes, he will be cremated, and there will be no public visitation or ceremony. The family will observe a private time of remembrance. To sign an online guestbook and share a fond memory of John, please visit the Obituaries link on the Toland-Herzig website.


The family suggests that contributions in John’s memory be made to the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, 1432 Tall Timber Rd. N.E., New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.



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