Virginia M. ‘Ginny’ Passanita

Virginia M. “Ginny” Passanita, 89, Ebensburg, formerly of Ashville, died Friday at the home of her daughter, Marilyn Passanita.

She was born in Chest Springs, daughter of the late Charles and Olive (Burke) Basal. She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. “Buster,” on Feb. 22, 1982; and a brother, Robert.

She is survived by her children: Marilyn, with whom she resided, and Randy (Anne Salony) of Ebensburg; grandchildren: Danielle Lane (Thom), Chad (Becca Panek), Kristian (Patrick) and Neil (Allison Columbus); great-grandchildren: Sam and Colton Lane and James and Gino Passanita; several nieces and nephews; brother and sisters-in-law: Ann and Pat Passanita and Mary Louise Eckenrode; and a special friend and college roommate, Graceann (Rhodes) Ferrier. She was the last member of her immediate family.

Ginny taught school at Cresson/Penn Cambria for more than 20 years and later taught and served as principal at St. Patrick’s Parochial School, Gallitzin, for 13 years. Ginny had a zest for life that centered on her faith, family and friends. She shared her gifts as a teacher for many years.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and playing cards.

Along with Buster and their children, their home was a haven of hospitality, humor and companionship that through the years made friends know they were part of their extended family. Though she’ll be missed terribly, it’s with gratitude for her life and rejoicing in the knowledge that she has entered her eternal home.

She was a former member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society, Ashville, and Holy Name Catholic Church, Ebensburg.

Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville, where a vigil service will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Tuesday at Holy Name Catholic Church, Ebensburg, Monsignor Arnold Gaus, celebrant. Committal will be at St. Thomas Cemetery, Ashville.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg, in Ginny’s memory.