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Siragusa, Michael Joseph

Siragusa, Michael Joseph

February 11, 1932 — June 16, 2020

Michael Joseph Siragusa, 88, of Kansas City, MO, entered his Heavenly home on June 16, 2020. He passed peacefully with his beloved family at his side.

Mike was born February 11, 1932, in Kansas City, MO, the younger of two children of Joseph Michael Siragusa, an Italian immigrant, and Pauline Francesca (Passantino) Siragusa. He grew up in Northeast Kansas City, attending Holy Cross Grade School and graduating from Cardinal Glennon High School class of 1949. He attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and later Rockhurst College on football scholarships.

Mike began selling produce at the City Market when he was a junior in high school, helping to support his mother and family. After his college years, he continued selling produce, specializing in wholesaling and retailing imported bananas at the City Market. Mike’s 65-year career in Commercial and Residential Real Estate began when he purchased a property in 1954 at 5402 Winner Road, and later established a fruit market there. His hard work ethic and mind for business never wavered for the next six decades.

Mike was united in marriage to Sunday Giordano in Kansas City on July 29, 1962 and they raised three children, Pauline, Joe Mike and Felicia.

Mike was a lifelong Catholic and a 56-year member of Visitation parish. He was a member of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of The Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem (KC*HS) and the Knights of Columbus.

Mike was an Eagle Scout and member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was dedicated to serving his community. Mike was a past board member of U.N.I.C.O., Kansas City Chapter, was a past Governor of the American Royal, and member of the St. Luke’s Foundation. He was a Native Son of Greater Kansas City and a member of the American Legion. He served on the board of the Don Bosco Center. Mike and Sunday were avid supporters of the Arts in Kansas City and were honorary chairpersons of the Midwest Ear Institute Gala.

Mike and Sunday traveled together to all the continents and countless countries. Excursions were often accompanied by their many friends. Wonderful trips were also taken with family, most recently on a safari in Kenya, as well as a Disney cruise. He loved their world cruises especially cruising on the Queen Mary II. He was also fortunate enough to fly across the Atlantic on the famous Concorde Jet. Mike’s favorite country to visit was Australia, sitting at The Rocks in Sydney while listening to music.

Mike’s family and friends meant everything to him. He was in his element when his home was filled with good food, fun, and laughter of those he loved. There was always an extra spot and plate at the Siragusa table to welcome another guest.

Along with his parents, Mike was preceded in death by an infant brother, Michael; as well as Sunday’s siblings, Connie Porrello (Joseph), Sam Giordano (Rose) and Jim Giordano.

Survivors include the 57-year love of Mike’s life, his wife Sunday; children, Pauline Siragusa Henne (Ryan), Joseph Michael Siragusa (Debbie) and Felicia Siragusa Bondi (Michael); grandchildren, Michaela Ann Henne, Catherine Mae Henne, Dominica Marie Siragusa, Michael Joseph Siragusa II, Kara Meli Sharp and her son Fletcher, Michael Charles Bondi and Charles Paul Bondi. He also leaves his sister, Vivian Moley (Peter deceased); nieces and nephew, Josephine Carullo, Pauline Moley, Michael Moley (Fran) and Anita Hart (Ted), and their families, as well as Sunday’s nieces and nephews, Joseph Porrello (Sandie), Rose Angela Abbott (Joseph), Margaret Marsala, Felici Giordano and Phil Pat Giordano, as well as other family members and countless friends. He will be greatly missed by all.

Visitation will be held from 5:30-8:30 pm Wednesday, June 24, at the Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO. Due to COVID restrictions, the Mass of Christian burial will be private. Guests are kindly asked to wear masks to both the funeral home and church.

Pallbearers will be Michael Bondi, Joe Abbott, Jim Ferraro, Sam Dawson, Charlie Bondi, Paul Petralie, Benny Harding, David Radasky and Vic Seeman. Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Porrello, Michael LaCapra, Carl DiCapo, Dr. Paul Camarata, Dr. Charles Leutje, Bud McLeroy, Anthony Rinella, Jim Ferro, Joe Vigliaturo, Gus Spallo and Joseph Ross.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Sisters Servants of Mary, (sisterservantsofmary.org) 800 North 18th Street, Kansas City KS 66102 or to the Farmer’s House (thefarmershouse.org) 415 Main Street, Weston, MO 64098.

Service Information

Visitation will be held from 5:30-8:30 pm Wednesday, June 24, at the Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, MO. Due to COVID restrictions, the Mass of Christian burial will be private. Guests are kindly asked to wear masks to both the funeral home and church.

Siragusa, Michael Joseph's Guestbook

I have nothing but wonderful memories of this wonderful man, I can say with so much pride that he and his lovely wife Sunday were the sole reason I ever stepped foot onto United States soil and are a big part of the reason I am still here today almost 17 years later. While performing at 'The Rocks' in Sydney, Mike and Sunday invited me to perform at their daughters wedding back home in Kansas City, MO (unbeknown to Felicia of course) ... Of course I accepted the offer and the rest is history. I have only good things to say about this man, a genuine person, kind hearted, hard working, loyal and a lover of music and the arts.. what more can be said. My sincerest condolences to Sunday and all the family he has left behind. So sorry I cannot be there to celebrate his life due to the current state of affairs in this crazy world. RIP Michael... You will be missed.

Alfio Bonanno

Dearest cousin Sunday and family. We are so very sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Carl and Tommie Cannova

Thank you Mike for sharing your wonderful family with Howard and me. Your caring phone calls regarding Howard, your visits to the nursing home and most of all your love. I will miss you my friend. Rest well!

Lola J Carney

My heart is with you today. Just thinking about all of you and how much this wonderful man will be missed. He will be with all of you in so many big and small ways for the rest of your lives. All who ever met him were very fortunate. Thoughts and blessings to all of you, and many, many prayers.

Coyla Lockhart

Sunday, Pauline, Felicia, Joe Mike, How many wonderful memories with your family and so many great conversations with Mike about real estate, world travels, Clarence, the neighbors, just everything. And I was always warmly welcomed as your guest for fantastic home cooked meals and holidays. Everyone made me feel like "family" so that I miss you all so much, and I know you miss Mike but you have enjoyed wonderful time with him, what a privilege. He is irreplaceable, always calm, practical, gentle, and the wheels in his mind always turning. It was a privilege to feel like extended family and I still do over the many years since we first met and you kids were just little children. I am so sorry Mike is not physically there with you to enjoy, but you have so much of him to continue to enjoy and to be in awe of. In a word, Mike was just "great" and so too are all of you. I regret the social distancing required by Covid keeps me home mostly, but my thoughts are with you and I hope to visit with you in person soon whenever that may be convenient and less hectic. In my faith we live on in memories and Mike will surely live on with you and all who knew him for all of your days. God bless you all and stay well and safe.

Stephen

Dear Pauline, Ryan, Michaela, and Catherine, I am so sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. I remember him fondly, having met him through the Sion Sisters and Claire Duffy Laramie. I remember him attending functions at Sion for Michaela and Catherine, always expressing love, joy, and pride in his grandchildren. May the care and concern of others bring you some comfort. May you find peace in your shared and treasured memories of your dad and grandpa. With sincere condolences, Susan Robards

Susan K. Robards

Dear Sunday, Felicity, and Pauline, Michael was a special gentle man who made sure I was well taken care of at all Native Sons events and for that I will always be grateful. His passing is a great loss for everyone. He will be missed. Susie

Susie Hughes

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