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Obituary: Maria Passante

Maria Passante. Credit: Swan Funeral Home
Maria Passante. Credit: Swan Funeral Home
Maria Passante, of Clinton, died on May 20, 2014, at her home.

She was born on July 26, 1943, in Bethlehem, PA, the daughter of Marie Reilly O' Connors of Bethlehem, PA, and the late John O' Connors.

In addition to her mother, Maria is survived by her children Christopher Passante and his wife Becky, of Clinton and Stacey Funk and her husband Andy of Acton, MA; her grandchildren Arielle, Andrew, Jake, Sofie, Sadie, Rocco, Bonnie, Matthew, Jonathan and Kaitlin; her brother John O' Connors of Allentown, PA; many nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by her brother Brian O' Connors. Maria attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, and then went on to get her Master's Degree in Education.

She was a dedicated teacher, who inspired many students along the way. Maria taught seventh grade science for over 30 years at the Eliot School in Clinton.

She was known for her dedication and compassion towards the students, and touched the lives of thousands of kids spanning over multiple generations. During her retirement, she enjoyed being a Mimi to ten beautiful grandchildren. 

Calling hours will be held on May 23rd from 4-7pm at Swan Funeral Home, 80 E. Main St., Clinton. A Funeral Mass will be held on May 24th at 11am in St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 54 Grove St., Clinton.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Maria Passante Little League Scholarship. Please make the donations payable to Harry Swaun Little League PO Box 305 Clinton, CT 06413.

In the memo indicate that it is for the Maria Passante Little League Scholarship.

This money will be used to sponsor children who cannot afford the registration fees for little league.

For online tributes and condolences, please visit www.swanfh.com.

—Obituary submitted by Swan Funeral Home

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