McGilley Antioch Chapel

3325 Northeast Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO


Giovanni "John" Franco

January 22, 1943June 27, 2019

Giovanni “John” Franco, 76, of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10:00AM, Monday, July 1, 2019 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 4737 N. Cleveland Ave., Kansas City, MO 64117. A visitation will be held from 5:00PM-8:00PM on Sunday, June 30, 2019, with rosary being prayed at 4:30PM prior to the visitation at the McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO. 64119.

Giovanni was born January 22, 1943 in Castel Di Lucio, Sicily, Italy. He was the son of Antonino and Abbodanza (Lombardo) Franco. Giovanni married Carmelina (Battaglia) in Sicily on October 23, 1969. They came to the United States in 1970 and made Kansas City their home.

Giovanni worked for Robinson Potato Co. for nearly 30 years as a foreman. He later retired from Rinker Materials.

Giovanni loved his Italian heritage often sharing memories and photos through Facebook. He loved watching cowboy movies and his Chevy trucks, but most of all his family, especially his two granddaughters, Alaina and Lydia.

Giovanni will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Giovanni was proceeded in death by his parents, brothers, Giuseppe and Francesco and sister, Lucia, and brother-in-law Antonino Ferraro.

He is survived by his wife, Carmelina, son, Anthony (Jennifer), daughter, Lucy, granddaughters, Alaina and Lydia, sister Maria, brothers, Placido (Calogera), Domenico(Pina), sister, Santa, brothers-in-law, Sebastiano and Orazio, sisters-in-laws, Domenica, Santa all of Sicily.

Giovanni also leaves behind many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many more relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donation to ahcf (alternating hemiplegia of childhood foundation) at https://greatnonprofits.org/org/alternating-hemiplegia-of-childhood-foundation-inc (Arr: McGilley Antioch Chapel, www.mcgilleyantiochchapel.com)


  • Carmelina (Battaglia) Franco, Wife
  • Anthony (Jennifer) Franco, Son
  • Lucy Franco, Daughter
  • Alaina Franco, Granddaughter
  • Lydia Franco, Granddaughter
  • Maria Franco, Sister
  • Placido (Calogera) Franco, Brother
  • Domenico (Pina) Franco, Brother
  • Santa Franco, Sister
  • Sebastiano and Orazio, Brothers-in-law
  • Domenica and Santa, Sisters-in-law
  • Antonino Franco (Deceased), Father
  • Abbodanza (Lombardo) Franco (Deceased), Mother
  • Giuseppe Franco (Deceased), Brother
  • Francesco Franco (Deceased), Brother
  • Lucia Franco (Deceased), Sister
  • Antonino Ferraro (Deceased), Brother-in-law
  • Brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many more relatives and friends.

  • Frank Liberto, Pallbearer
  • Vince Liberto, Pallbearer
  • Rocky Cangelosi, Pallbearer
  • Frank Cangelosi, Pallbearer
  • John Phillip Liberto, Pallbearer
  • John Joseph Liberto, Pallbearer


  • Rosary Prayers Sunday, June 30, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, June 30, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, July 1, 2019


Giovanni "John" Franco

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Timothy Pluym

July 1, 2019

John was such a great friend and neighbor! I will always remember him coming over to see my mom and dad. And him coming over to help us, whenever he would see us out doing something. My fondest memory of him was when he helped me redo the gate on our fence, when we got our riding lawn mower. He was such a blessing!

On behalf of my family, ( Tim, Latisha, Jeanne, Julie, Anna, Amy, Jon, Lauren, and Avery ) We would like to send our love and condolences to the Franco Family. May God bless you with peace, love and rest.

Tim Vander Pluym

Franco Ferraro

July 1, 2019

Carissima zia Carmelina, Anthony, Lucy ,Jennifer e nipoti le più sentite condoglianze da tutti noi siamo vicino a voi in questo momento difficile.
Un caro abbraccio
Franco Maria,
Ferraro Franco, Isabella, Sara, Luca

Bruna Früh-Ferraro

June 28, 2019

Carissima zia Carmelina, Anthony, Lucy ,Jennifer e nipot le piu sentite condolianze da tutti noi siamo vicino a voi in questo momento difficile speriamo che il tempo allievi il vostro dolore immenso.
Un caro abraccio
Bruna, Bruno, Serena e Simona

Irene Franco

June 28, 2019

Dear Carmelina, dear Lucy, dear Antony
Our most sincere condolences for the loss of beloved uncle John!
He will be dearly missed! Sending you all our love and strength to go through these difficult times!
We are here for you, if you need anything.
The Franco family
Placido, Calogera, Enza, Angelo, Arianna, Sophia, Alessandro, Irene & Niccoló