Eleanor (Ellie) K. Basgall

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Eleanor (Ellie) K. Basgall, 90, died on December 5th, 2020 at Addington Place of Prairie Village KS. She was born April 29, 1930 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Hays, KS the daughter of Michael and Teresa (Zodrow) Karls (Dresden KS). She married Richard J. Basgall on August 17, 1959 at Leoville, KS. He preceded her in death on September 7th 1990. Ellie was a graduate of Marymount College in Salina KS and received her Masters of Music Education degree from Wichita State University in 1961. She taught
music in Leoville and Spearville KS, Marymount College in Salina, Blessed Sacrament School in Wichita, George Inness Jr. High, Montclair N.J., Our Lady of the Angels in Rego Park, Queens New York and retired from Sacred Heart Parochial School in Dodge City KS in 1995. She also taught piano at the Dodge City Community College, gave private piano lessons and directed the Sacred
Heart Cathedral Church Choir. In 1956, Ellie toured Europe as a member of the All American Chorus which was
sponsored by the State Department. She accompanied musicals while in New Jersey and was a member of the Piano Teacher’s League, Music Club and Dodge City Community Concert Association in Kansas. She was also a Judge for the National Piano Guild. Ellie was also a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Lawrence Kansas. She enjoyed traveling after retirement going on a 15 day cruise in 2000 to Cabo, Acapulco, Costa Rica, and the Panama Canal with her girlfriend Joyce and visited her son and his family twice in Japan and once in Germany.

Survivors include: daughter Richelle of Roeland Park KS, son Gregory, daughter- in-law Stacey, granddaughter Gracey of Stuttgart, Germany, grandson Alec of Lawrence KS, sister Mary (Meme) Carper (Karls) of Goodland KS. She was preceded in death by her brother Cecil Karls and her sister Mildred (Billie) Welter of Dresden KS.


Funeral Services are being planned for the Summer of 2021 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dodge City KS with a burial service at the Spearville Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions

Ellie requested that memorials be sent to the Dodge City Community Concert Association. Dodge City Community Concert Association (c/o Julie Ellis)


  1. Julie Ellis on January 11, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Wanted you to know that we had received a couple of memorials in Ellie’s name. If you want the specifics contact me. Hope you are doing well.

  2. Shannon Barnes on January 8, 2021 at 7:12 am

    Beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman your beautiful mom Richelle. Honored to be Ellie’s niece and your cousin. Whilest I inherited no music aptitude from your mom or her late sister-in-law my own mom Bea, I appreciate so much listening to the music they both made together and the music you make now. Also just just the love of it we share. Rest in peace dear aunt Ellie.

  3. Donald Faidley on December 20, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Richelle: Thanks for sending this . You have some very good roots and should be thankful for your Heritage. I recognize many of the towns and Know that our paths crossed born in 1930.

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