EBENSBURG — PASSANITA – Virginia M. “Ginny,” 89, Ebensburg, formerly of Ashville, died April 12, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Marilyn Passanita. Born Nov. 18, 1923, in Chest Springs, daughter of the late Charles and Olive (Burke) Basal. Preceded in death by husband, James L. “Buster,” Feb. 22, 1982, and brother, Robert. Survived by children, Marilyn, with whom she resided, and Randy (Anne Salony), Ebensburg; grandchildren, Danielle Lane (Thom), Chad (Becca Panek), Kristian (Patrick) and Neil (Allison Columbus); and great-grandchildren, Sam and Colton Lane and James and Gino Passanita. Last member of her immediate family. Also survived by several nieces and nephews; brother and sisters-in-law, Ann and Pat Passanita and Mary Louise Eckenrode; and special friend and college roommate, Graceann (Rhodes) Ferrier. Ginny taught school at Cresson/Penn Cambria for over 20 years and later taught and served as principal at St. Patrick’s Parochial School, Gallitzin, for 13 years. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and playing cards. Ginny had a zest for life that centered on her faith, family and friends. She shared her gifts as a teacher for many years. 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. Former member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society, Ashville. Member of Holy Name Catholic Church, Ebensburg, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Tuesday, the Rev. Monsignor Arnold Gaus, celebrant. Committal, St. Thomas Cemetery, Ashville. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville, where a vigil service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Bishop Carroll High School, Ebensburg, in Ginny’s memory.
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