Virginia Passafaro

Virginia “Ginger” Reed Passafaro, age 61, of Fredonia, N.Y, died Thursday April 4, 2013 at her Fredonia residence.

She was born July 25, 1951 in Dunkirk, N.Y, the daughter of the late Malcolm C. and Elizabeth Heffernan Reed.

Mrs. Passafaro was a graduate of Stella Niagara Prep in Lewiston, N.Y., and Curry College in Milton, MA, and obtained her master’s degree in Special Education from SUNY Fredonia. She held special education positions at ARC and St. Joseph’s School for Exceptional Children.

A lifetime gardener, she was a member of the Brooks Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Shorewood Country Club. Mrs. Passafaro belonged to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk, N.Y. and then St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Fredonia.

She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Jeffrey G. Passafaro; and two sons, Jeffrey R. Passafaro of Milwaukee, Wis., and Reed A. Passafaro of Boston, Mass. She also leaves behind beloved family members; sisters Karen R. Kearns and Mary R. Dempsey; and brothers Thomas E. Reed and John Reed. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 328 Washington Avenue, Dunkirk, N.Y., today at 10 a.m. (Please assemble at Church.) Interment will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Fredonia. Flowers gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Ginger’s memory may be made to the RO Foundation Fund at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, 212 Lake Shore Drive W., Dunkirk, N.Y., 14048, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo, N.Y., 14240, Chautauqua County Hospice, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, N.Y., 14750. Arrangements by David J. Dengler of the Larson-Timko Funeral Home, 20 Central Avenue, Fredonia, N.Y.