Richard Joseph Passante


April 7, 1935 - Nov. 7, 2012

Richard Joseph Passante of Waukesha passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the age of 77. Richard was born in Milwaukee on April 7, 1935, a son of the late Carmin and Elizabeth (nee Mangino) Passante.


He proudly served in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. Richard and his brother, Eugene, owned and operated a jewelry store near Milwaukee. He also worked as a security guard at St. Joseph’s Hospital for many years. Richard was an avid volunteer in the physical therapy department at the VA Medical Center.


Richard is survived by his son, Peter (Renata) Passante of Waukesha; grandson, Mark Passante; brothers, Eugene (Josephine) Passante of Wisconsin and Donald (Susan) Passante of Arizona; his former wife, Mary Rapp; as well as many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

There will be a funeral service with full military honors for Richard at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St., Union Grove.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the family.


A special thanks to nurse Marissa at the Columbia St. Mary’s Burn Center for her gentle care and concern of Richard.


Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.