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Dorothy Passley

September 26, 1923 — August 25, 2016

Dorothy Maxine Passley, 92, of Golden passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016 in the Golden Good Shepherd Home in Golden.

Dorothy was born on September 26, 1923 in Golden to the late Henry and Anna (Leenerts) Gerdes.

She married Leo Martin Passley on April 12, 1965 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Leo passed away on April 25, 1993.

Surviving are; two step-sons, Harlan (Sylvia) Passley of LaPrairie, Brainard (Bonnie) Passley of Quincy, six step-grandchildren, Chad Passley of Golden, Melissa (Dave) Holbeck of Schaumburg, Jared Passley of Macomb, Marcie (Kevin Scully) Passley of New York City, NY., Brandon (Bethany) Passley of Chicago, Jodie (John) Felter of Lagrange, Mo., eleven step-great-grandchildren, two brothers, Lawrence Gerdes of Clayton and Melvin Gerdes of Mendon.

She was preceded in death by one step –son, Gerald Passley, two sisters, Velda Bebe, Vera Oenning and one brother, Leroy Gerdes.

Dorothy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Golden. She helped run the family farm and enjoyed cooking, baking cookies and pies and embroidery.

Services will be 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 in the Hunter Funeral Home in Golden with Reverend Dixie Croxton officiating.  Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Golden. Visitation will be from 12:00 P.M. until 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 in the Hunter Funeral Home in Golden. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions have been suggested to the Golden Good Shepherd Home or the Blessing Foundation for Hospice. You are invited to share memories of Dorothy and leave condolences at

Charitable donations may be made to:

Golden Good Shepherd Home

Blessing Foundation for Hospice

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