Rita “Joy” Basile, 67, a resident of Lockhart, Texas, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at South Austin Hospital.
Born in Louisville, Ky., Joy spent her life as a registered nurse dedicated to the care of others, until her retirement eight years ago. Her shining grace and dignity was an inspiration to all that met her. She loved to travel, spend time with family and friends and her little dog, Valentine.
She is survived by her daughter, Trish Winkler, of Lockhart; her son, Travis Heisman and wife, Jennifer, of Lockhart; her grandsons: Shane Winkler, of Austin, Kyle Winkler, of San Marcos, Tyrell Winkler, of Lockhart and Tony “T.J.” Winkler and wife, Samantha, of Barksdale AFB, Shreveport, La.; her great-grandchildren, Weston Winkler and Savannah Winkler, of Barksdale AFB; and her sister, Ruthie Hosmanek, of Riverside, Calif.
A memorial service will be held on Dec. 23, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 919 W. San Antonio St., Lockhart, Texas in celebration of her life.
The family offers special thanks to Dr. Dina Tebcherany and the staff at Texas Oncology for their care and support.
Donation gifts may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9211 Waterford Centre Blvd., Suite 275, Austin, Texas, 78758.