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Heidi J. Passe

Heidi J. Passe

Heidi J. Passe, age 68 of Durand died Monday, March 11, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire with her family by her side.

Heidi was born on December 25, 1950 in Nora, IL. She was the daughter of William and Lois (Gorham) Sweely. Heidi grew up in Nora and graduated from high school there. After high school, Heidi went to Winona State University and graduated with bachelor’s degree in education. Her first and only job was at the Durand High School where she taught world history, chemistry, biology, physiology and Wisconsin history. Her favorite courses where in history. Heidi married Francis Passe on November 15, 1980 at the Durand Congregation Church in Durand. After marriage they lived in Mondovi where they started their family. In 1985 they moved to Durand where she remained the rest of her life. Heidi retired from teaching in 2008.

Heidi enjoyed crafting, quilting, sewing, gardening, watching movies, playing cards and trivia. Most all Heidi loved spending time with family and friends.

Heidi is survived by her husband of 38 years; Francis, two daughters; Amy (boyfriend; Donnie Kasat) Passe of Durand and Wendy (Mitch) Allen of Deer Park, WA, one sister; Susan Kenworthy of Fulton, IL, friends that are like family; Donald P. Kasat of Arkansaw, Bob Hemmeke of Durand, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother; Michael Sweely.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Friday, March 15, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church in Durand with Rev. Bethany Walker officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00PM -7:00PM Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Maria Gifford

    Mrs. Passe was such a calm, kind, witty teacher...one of my favorites at Durand High School. An angel in heaven now for sure.

  2. Jenny Douglas Deetz

    Saddened by the news of Heidi's passing. Peace and love to you all.

  3. Keith Bauer

    I was saddened to hear of Heidi's passing. May you find comfort in this difficult time.

  4. Colleen Weiss

    I had the pleasure of being a student of hers, and also had the privilege of being the accompanist for her and Fran's wedding. My sympathies to all of you, Fran, and children and extended family.

  5. Vicci rosenberg

    So sorry to hear of Heidi’s passing. God bless you all at this time


    So sorry to hear about your loss. Thought and prayers are with you, God bless you and your family.

  7. Rebecca Bien-Jilek

    Mts. Passé was a great teacher; she kept learning fun! Her love for science was evident as she engaged her students to find that same curiosity and discovery in their projects. My very deepest sympathies to all of her family.

  8. Lisa Shields

    Mrs. Passe was a wonderful teacher and person. My sympathy to her family. Rest in peace Mrs. Passe.

  9. Brian Harms

    Mrs. Passe was a great teacher! I have very fond memories of being in her class, of her and her husband being a chaperones at Prom, and just her excellent teaching ability!!! I am proud to say that I was taught by her!!! Rest In Peace Mrs. Passe!
    I will never forget your influences!

  10. Susan Dzubay

    So sorry to hear of Heidi's passing. Positive thoughts to her family & their loss.

  11. Susan Dzubay

    So sorry to hear of Heidi's passing. Positive thoughts to her family & their loss.


    So sorry to hear about hedies death thoughts and prayers are with you....

  13. Patti Blount

    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Heidi. Sympathy to her family during this difficult time.

  14. Rachael Steines

    I have many fond memories of Mrs. Passe! She was always willing to help when a student was struggling with homework or life stress!

  15. Ann (Weisenbeck) Zenner

    Mrs. Passe was one of my favorite teachers in high school. I’m so sorry to hear about her passing. My condolences to her family & friends.

  16. John and judy parr

    Sorry to hear your loss hugs

  17. Carrie Hansen

    Thoughts and prayers for the family, she was one of my favorite teachers.

  18. Susan (Walters) Stotler

    Passe family I am so sorry for your loss. My parents thought of Heidi like a daughter. She was a wonderful person. May she Rest In Peace ????.

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