Niagara Gazette


February 2, 2014

Rebecca Lynn Passanese

WILSON — Rebecca Lynn (Bidell) Passanese, 59, of Wilson, NY, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on Friday, January 31, 2014, after suffering from a long, chronic illness. Born in Grand Island, NY, Rebecca was the proud daughter of the late Frederick W. Bidell and Joan (Livingston) Bidell.

Rebecca attended Grand Island High School and later graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor's degree in Nursing, from the University at Buffalo. Rebecca was an RN. On November 26, 1977, she was married, in Atlanta, GA, to Charles L. Passanese, Jr. of Niagara Falls, NY.

After living in Atlanta, GA, Rebecca and  Charles moved to Syracuse/Baldwinsville, NY, where they lived for 20 years raising their family. Rebecca was the beloved mother of five children, and dedicated her life to raising her children and family. She was actively involved in all aspects of her children's lives and education. She was an active member of the Baldwinsville, NY community, as a Sunday School teacher, Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Elementary School Teacher's Aide, and Officer of the PTA. Rebecca supported her children in all their sports activities, as an active member of the Baldwinsville Schools' Booster Clubs. She was also a costume designer and production assistant in her daughter's  theatrical, dance and musical performances.

Becky will be remembered as a loving, giving and compassionate woman, who opened her home, and her heart, to all of her family and friends. She genuinely enjoyed being surrounded by her children, their cousins and their friends, creating an environment of fun, learning and loving acceptance of all.

She was a talented artist, with special interests in painting, drawing, interior design and architecture. She particularly loved Victorian Era homes and antiques. One of her most pleasurable pastimes was combing beaches to collect "sea treasures" and creating artwork from them.

Rebecca is survived by her husband, Charles, and her four children, Jessica Lynn, Natale Rose (fiance Josh Lange), John Charles and Myles Christian Passanese, and her grandson, Charles Matthew. She was predeceased by her beloved baby son, Andrew Spinner. She is also survived by her mother, Joan Bidell (Francis "Skip") Fred of Grand Island, NY; brother, Fred (Andrea) Bidell of Hornell, NY; sister, Marci (Mark) Lange; sister, Vicki (Dave) Wilkinson; brother, Marty (Kim) Bidell, and brother, John (Ginger) Bidell, all of Grand Island, NY; sisters-in-law, Vinnie Passanese, Linda (Edward) Garcia, Patty (Todd) Phillips; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was the daughter-in-law of the late Charles and Fulvia Passanese, Sr.  Rebecca is also survived by her husband's grandmother, Vincenza Colucci.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 4th from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at  M.J COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service to be held Wednesday, February 5th, at 11:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY, with Rev. Larry R. Baird officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jacobs Neurological Center for Multiple Sclerosis, 100 High Street, Buffalo, NY.

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