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Marion M. Passini, age 87, of Sterling, Illinois, died on March 26, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by family.

He was born June 3rd, 1931, in Spring Valley, Illinois, the son of Mario and Lena (Borrelli) Passini.

He was a graduate of Illinois State University and played collegiate baseball. He was drafted by the Cincinnati, Reds but decided to marry the love of his life, Bernice, and join the army. He married Bernice Smith on December 27, 1952 in Arlington, Illinois. He is a veteran of the Korean War. He began teaching at East Coloma School, as well as being their first basketball coach. He was employed by Hill Fastener for 26 years. He also worked for Franz Steel Ball for 13 years as a National Sales Manager. He was active with Newman Catholic High School and served as President of the School Board for 10 years. After retiring Bud and Bernice moved to Fort Myers, Florida for 20 years and then returned to Sterling, Illinois in 2016.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Bernice Passini of Sterling: two daughters Susan (Arlen) Gattis of Midland, Michigan, Paula (Jeff) Lamberth of Houston, Texas, Three sons, Greg (Cameo) Passini of Sheridan, Wyoming, Barry (Nancy) Passini of Wausau, Wisconsin and Martin (Paula) Passini of Rock Falls, Illinois. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Bud was a devoted husband and Father. He enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, fishing, watching his grandchildren play sports, and he was an avid Whitesox fan. He especially enjoyed his elk hunting trips and snow skiing trips in Wyoming.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, 1002 12th Avenue. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling with the Reverend Bruce Ludeke Celebrant officiating. Burial with full Military Honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Bud Passini Memorial Scholarship at Newman High School or Rock River Hospice and Home.