Laura Bashaw, 70, of Naperville, IL, formerly of Hinsdale, Downers Grove, IL, and Door County, WI, passed away on May 21, 2022. She was born on June 23, 1951, in Chicago IL to Mildred Edith (nee Johnson) and Frank Xavier Liptrot. Beloved wife of 50 years, 2 months, and 3 days, of Steven B. Bashaw. Dear mother of Captain Jennifer Jones, USN, (Johnathon Jones), Kimberly Bashaw, RN, Andrew Bashaw (Beth Krueger), and Daniel Bashaw (Samantha). Adoring grandmother of Alayna Bashaw, Lauren Jones, Erin Jones, Madeline Jones, Aiden Bashaw, Ava Bashaw, Juni Bashaw, and Mahail Bashaw. Sister of Patti Durham, Mark Liptrot, and F. Michael Liptrot. Laura leaves behind her beloved dog “Iggy”, a wonderful Havanese, a devoted companion, who never left her side. Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred, and Frank. A 40-year victor over Muscular Dystrophy, Laura never let anything stop her and traveled the world nonetheless. Laura grew up in Albany Park on Chicago’s Northwest Side and attended Hibbard Grammar School and Von Steuben High School class of 1969. Laura put Steve through law school working for Illinois Bell Telephone and was a Paralegal, an avid gardener, photographer, rode a Harley Davidson Motorcycle from Vancouver BC to Chicago, a Nimble Nomad trawler across the Erie Canal, and crewed her family on RAGBRAI on numerous occasions. Laura was known as an avid gardener and her beautiful garden at the house in Hinsdale will always be remembered fondly. She had a wonderful flair for remodeling and interior design. Over the years Laura had many pets including several parrots and her dogs, Shasta, Coastie, Belle, Lika, Lette, Oakley, and she and Steve “puppy-raised” service dogs, she loved each of them. Of all the things that Laura enjoyed her most rewarding position was that of mother to her four children, who will tell you that she had super-sonic hearing, held land speed records for backing down the driveway, counted endless bunnies, was a sucker for a snicker’s bar, and was affectionately known as ‘grandma scooter’, ‘robo-Mom’ and “Higgins’. A Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM with a service at 11:00 AM at Friedrich Jones Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. Interment will be at a later date at Little Sister Cemetery in Sister Bay, Wisconsin with her parents and grandparents more information, please call 630-355-0213.
Published by Chicago Tribune from May 25 to Jun. 2, 2022.