|Jacqueline Joy Godkey Basala
Jacqueline Joy Godkey Basala
Jacqueline (Jackie) J. Basala, 82, of Lorton, VA, passed away on March 15th, 2017 in Lorton,
VA after a short battle with breast cancer.
Jackie was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin to Arthur & Dorothy Godkey on February 18th, 1935
weighing just 2 ½ pounds.
She moved to Washington DC in 1940. She went to school at H.D. Cooke Elementary, Powell
Jr. High, Langley Jr. High, and McKinley Technology High School (1952) in Washington,
DC. She also attended the University of Maryland.
She married John M. Basala on June, 3, 1956 in Silver Spring, MD. She was first and foremost
a MOM raising 5 children; she was an avid Redskin Fan, working at RFK as an usher for many
years. She saw the games and many concerts and got paid while doing so. She also co-owned
John the Buggy Man, a VW business, with her husband and kept the business going after his
death in 1981 and still ran it up until her death. Jackie loved people, going to bingo, playing
slots, playing rummy, doing her word searches, her animals, and mostly her family and friends.
Jackie is preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Dorothy in 1973 and 1987 respectively,
her husband John in 1981 and her son Justin in 2001.
Jackie is survived by three sons, John Basala of Lorton, VA, Jim Basala and wife Karen of
Nokesville, VA, Joe Basala and wife Shelly of Locust Grove, VA, and daughter Judy Martin and
husband Vernon of Manassas, VA., a brother Don Godkey and wife Donna of Zellwood, FL.,
eleven grandchildren, Jennifer Thompson, James Basala, Jr. and fiancé Shawn, Katelynn
Basala, Justina Basala, Jeffrey Martin and fiancé Vera, Michael Basala, Matthew Basala,
Lauren Basala, Samantha Martin, Joey Basala Jr., and Bailee Basala and three
great-grandchildren, Allison Thompson, Gavin Thompson, and Morgan Basala, and her best
friend since grade school Nancy A. Alicea.