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John Passananti III

Obituary of John Passananti III

John Passananti lll was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 16, 1941, and passed away in Tucson, Arizona on December 15, 2020. 

John is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years and 7 months, Carole. Devoted father to Rosemarie (Lyle ), Mary (Ron), Sharon (Matt), Gina (James), John IV, and James, as well as his canine companion, Bella!  

Loving grandfather to Ronald, Kenny, Andrea, Kristina, Shannon, James, Dana, Madeleine, Gracie, Crystal, John V, Heather, Sarah, Steve, Savannah and Paul. 

Loving great grandfather to Izabella, JD, Zayden, Julian, Stella, Gabrielle, Allison, Jaycee, Tommy, Andrew, Kaiden, Josiah, Elaina, Aiden, Lillian, Mitchell and Miles. 

John is survived by siblings, Carol Coffen (Pat), Joan Angeleri (Richard), Stan Passananti (Joyce). He was preceded in death by his parents John and Rose Passananti, and brothers Bernard and Frank. Also preceded in death by Carole's parents, James and Evelyn Magrady, and sister-in-law Sue Hochwert. 

John is also survived by his in-laws, Roberta and the late James Magrady, Larry and Patti Hochwert,  Thomas and Peggy Magrady, Ronald and Kathy Magrady, Luci and Don Graves, and Maureen and Wayne Inman. 

John is also survived by his very favorite Aunt Marge Passananti, many, many nieces and nephews, and his special friend, Don Sansone. 


John and Carole moved their family from Chicago to Tucson in 1968.  

John was a carpenter from the time he was 16 years old, becoming a master who taught many.  Besides his loving and large family, his pride of workmanship and joy shows in the homes he designed and built, from the ground up in Vail, Arizona. 

John had many hobbies that he loved to share with family and friends, especially his restoration and admiration of old cars, and collection and display of model trains. He worked on his train display almost daily, bringing joy to admirers young and old.  

John spent his life loving, teasing and caring for others, always selfless, smiling, and ready to lend a helping hand. He set a wonderful example, and will be greatly missed. 

We will have a celebration of John's life when it is safe to gather.

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We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Angel Valley Funeral Home