Jill Basich Obituary, Death – Jill Basich of Illinois has passed away unexpectedly. In 1973, Jill graduated from Philip High School. Her mother and she bought the 11-Mile Corner gas station. While there, she refined her pitching and pool skills. Jill flew to Rome, Italy, with her sister, Diane, and two friends for the 1975 Holy Year Celebration. She and her best friend Paula Erdmann relocated to Amarillo, Texas, in the early 1980s to work for Ike and Florence Dale at their Husky Truck Stop. During this time, she married Juan Tomás Alfaro.
She worked at the Box Factory before going to work at the local grocery store when she and her daughter returned to Philip. She worked there till she died.
Jill enjoyed being outside on a warm day, even when the weather in South Dakota was scorching and the breeze was scorching. She was just enjoying the warmth of the sun on her skin. Nothing beats mowing the grass or spending the day with a fine beer in one hand and a bottle of sun tan lotion in the other, depending on whether you prefer Stephen King or some meaty thriller.
Her house was always full of music! It didn’t matter if music was oldies or country; what mattered was that it was loud. Anyone will tell you that she wasn’t a great singer, but she was an incredible dancer.
Jill enjoyed all of our children, but I know she had a soft spot for the Sloveks, Kash, Kaydence, and Karli, who brought her so much joy during her darkest days. Children may rely on Grandma Jill to keep an eye on things even when she is not present. Jill provided us with a wealth of information without making us work too hard. She taught us to strive for a balance of strength and compassion, dignity and a sense of fun, but most importantly, she taught us to never take life too seriously and to be content with what we have.
Dorothy Ann Alfaro and fiance Kyle Hoemke of Philip; two sisters Diane Basich and Marianne Frein and her husband Lloyd of Philip; and nephews Tadd Moriarty of Chicago, IL, Vance (Anissa) Moriarty of Manhattan, KS, Jacob Frein (Melissa) of Rapid City, Patrick (Amanda) Moriarty of Rapid City, and Ian Moriarty of Rapid City. Jill was predeceased by her parents, Bud and Dorothy Basich, as well as her grandparents and a brother-in-law, Tom Moriarty.