Kansas City Mo – John L. Centonze, 91, passed away peacefully Nov. 14, 2020, after living a long and wonderful life with a family that loved him dearly. John was born to Italian immigrants, Vito Centonze and Lillian Ann (Barresi) Centonze, on April 10, 1929, and was a first-generation American. He attended Central High School and went on to work for the Kansas City Star for 27 years. After a reorganization there, he worked at Stuart Hall for 10 years.
His adoring wife of 53 years, Rose Marie (Manfredi) Centonze, preceded him in death in 2010. They were married on June 8, 1957, and raised four children in South Kansas City, Mo. Upon retirement, they moved to Belton, Mo., and enjoyed being Winter Texans in their RV where they made many friends and enjoyed square dancing. John also enjoyed spending time with his loving family and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was a consummate family man who put his family ahead of everything. He would enchant everyone with stories of his life back in the old days. His memory and wit were resilient and remained steadfast to the end!
John was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Rosemary Monteleone, stepfather Louis Accardo, stepbrother Phil Accardo, and numerous aunts and uncles whom he adored. He is survived by his children, Lilly Kissee, Rose Centonze, Vito (Glenna) Centonze and Johnna (Darren) Bahner. They were blessed with nine grandchildren: Nicholas (Kim) Centonze, Chris (Jennifer) Centonze, Natalie (Chase) Fritzshall, Sara (Luke) Parsons, Emily (Paul) Tung, Brian Kissee, Ashley (Zak) Hodson, John (Rachel) Bahner and Jared Bahner, as well as eight greatgrandchildren. Also surviving are his stepbrother, Nate Accardo, and numerous cousins.
John’s family would like to thank Brookdale Wornall for their care and attention these last three years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, who cared for him during the last week of his journey.
Visitation will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 SW State Route 150, Lee’s Summit, Mo., on Wednesday Nov. 18, from 5-7 p.m., with rosary being said from 5-5:20 p.m. Funeral service will be at Holy Spirit on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m., with a graveside service at Mount Olivet to follow. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks will be required in the church and at the graveside.