Joseph J. Brocato

August 25, 1933November 28, 2012

Joseph J. Brocato, 79, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012. Visitation will be held Friday, November 30th at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11822 Holmes, Kansas City, MO, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m., where the Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 1st, 10:00 a.m., at St. Thomas More, with burial following in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kansas City, MO. Joseph was born August 25, 1933, in Kansas City, Missouri. He served in the United States Army. He founded City Wide Remodelers in 1955. He was a member of St. Thomas More Church and was involved with their St. Joseph Table. He was also a member of Kansas City Home Improvement Council which is now NARI. Joe was involved in many organizations, including Member and past President of UNICO, Elks Club, Executive Investment Club, Breakfast at 8, Rumba Club, Camporealese Club, and Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-o-say. In 1990, Joe founded Friends of Special People. He played Santa Claus for 25 mentally and physically challenged children. The party has grown each year. Through his love and devotion with many dedicated volunteers, this year the party will include 1200 children and adults at the Downtown Muehlbach. Joe enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He never met a stranger. His great heart and quick wit will be deeply missed. Joe was preceded in death by: his parents, Tony and Josephine Brocato; brother, Sam Brocato; and sister-in-law, JoAnn Ferro. He is survived by: his devoted wife Frances (Cannova) Brocato of 56 years; children:, son, Michael Brocato (wife Fran); daughter, Michelle Mangiaracina (husband George); daughter, Rose Marie Browne (husband Rob); and grandchildren: Michael Jr. (wife Natalie), Kristin (fiancé Justin Boehm), Daniel and Matthew Brocato, Nicholas and Nicole Mangiaracina, Taylor and Blake Browne; sister and brother-in-laws, Joanne Brocato, Joe V and JoAnn Cannova, Nate Cannova, Jim and Mary Jane Ferro and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Pallbearers: Michael Jr., Daniel and Matthew Brocato, Nicholas Mangiaracina, Blake Browne, Justin Boehm, and cousins Joe Mike and Sal Ray. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Special People, 9736 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64114.


  • Visitation Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Rosary Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, December 1, 2012

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Erina Rice-Sturm

January 1, 2013

My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.

December 4, 2012

Mike and family,

Just read about your fathers death. Know that our prayers and thoughts are with you. You were fortunate to have him as a part of your life for so many years.

Kathy, Dan, Connor, Kevin and Brian Terrill

December 3, 2012

Frances and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Joe's passing. I would have attended services if I had known. I just saw the article in the KC Star today and read that he had died. My thought and prayers are with you all.
Rosalie Schard (Fulco)

Penny H

December 3, 2012

Prayers and Love are sent out to the family. I just found out about Joe's passing, Just remembering all the times Joe an Frances would come into the Dr's office and Joe would "entertain us all" so many smiles remembering those times. We here at Medical Plaza love you and are praying for you...

December 3, 2012

I was sorry to hear of Joe's passing, he was a good hearted man. I knew Joe through Unico and he will be missed.

Jerry Fornelli
Lenexa, Ks.

December 3, 2012

Sorry for your loss. It's always hard to lose a husband, parent, friend.
Greg and Emily Bono, Erika and Jenn

Angie Nigro

December 2, 2012

Sorry for your loss he was a wonderful man

Billie Jo Wirick

December 2, 2012

So sorry to hear of his passing Frances. Hope you are doing well. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Vinny Vinyardi

December 1, 2012

So sorry for your loss, my wife and I always enjoyed visiting with Joe and his wife when we would see them at Bonefish Grill or at church

Jess & Anna LaPuma

December 1, 2012

We so much enjoyed visiting with Joe each time we met him. He always has been a true friend. We enjoyed his humor, and the enthusiasm he showed for all of the projects he was involved with. His presence will be greatly missed.

Jess and Anna LaPuma (K C , MO)