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June 4, 1954 – Jan. 31, 2014

WILSON – Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Passanese, a registered nurse, died Friday in her home in Wilson after a long chronic illness. She was 59.

Born in Grand Island, the former Rebecca Bidell was a graduate of Grand Island High School and graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Mrs. Passanese lived in Atlanta and then for 20 years in Baldwinsville, where she raised her family and was active in church, school and scouting organizations. She returned to Western New York about 10 years ago and had lived in Grand Island and East Amherst.

A talented artist, her interests included painting, drawing, interior design and architecture.

She enjoyed Victorian homes, antiques and combing beaches for “sea treasures” and creating artwork from them.

Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Charles; two daughters, Jessica Lynn and Natale Rose; two sons, John Charles and Myles Christian; her mother, Joan Bidell Fred; three brothers, Fred Bidell, Marty Bidell and John Bidell; two sisters, Marci Lange and Vicki Wilkinson; and a grandson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.