Northeast funeral homes celebrates 86 years in community

Passantino Bros. Now 86 years strong, Passantino Bros. Funeral Home on Independence Blvd. plans to stick around the area for the long haul. Paul Thompson

By Joe Jarosz
Northeast News
August 3, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Eighty six years for a business is no small feat.

However, 86 years for a family-owned, community business is even more impressive. And its something Gary Bertoncin is proud to be a part of.

In 2016, Passantino Bros. Funeral Home (2117 Independence Blvd.) celebrates 86 years of serving the community. After all that time, Funeral Director Gary Bertoncin said the funeral home has seen many changes, not just on the business side but in the community, as well.

Brothers Charles, George and Rosario Passantino opened Passantino Bros. Funeral Home in January of 1930. The business has stayed in the family for three generations, with Charles’s grandson, Charlie Passantino, now acting as owner and funeral director. Bertoncin joined the family nearly 20 years ago.

“When the second generation was retiring, they needed to fill some roles because they didn’t have enough family members at the time,” Bertoncin said.

One of the biggest changes Bertoncin’s seen was that at one time, there were at least six funeral homes in the Northeast area. Now, he can only count two. He believes the reduction can be traced back to the 1990s when large corporations started buying funeral homes, leading to consolidation.

“We’re still family-owned, which allows us the flexibility to meet any family’s wishes,” Bertoncin said. “We don’t need approval from a corporate office to serve a family.”

Bertoncin also believes the rise in cremation services is derived from the corporate consolidations. There are two basic varieties of funeral services: burial and cremation services. Prices rose with the consolidations and families turned to cremation as a cheaper alternative. Now, however, he believes people have embraced cremation as more than just a cheaper alternative to burial services.

“We’re seeing more families choose cremation not because of the cost, but because it’s another option,” Bertoncin said.

The funeral home offers a wide range of burial and cremation services tailored to fit the needs of each family, from the very simple to the most elaborate. Bertoncin said when the business first opened, it was tailored to the Italian population in the Northeast. Now, with the ever growing diversity in the community, he said they are able to provide services for a wide variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds.

“The area has adapted with the change,” Bertoncin said. “Northeast has always been an immigrant friendly area.”

The funeral home also adapted with the times, and that’s what has lead to its longevity. Bertoncin said they’ve always treated people and the community with respect. He noted they’re active in the community as well, with Charlie serving on several boards — including those of the CID and the Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School — while he himself has also served the community in various leadership roles.

“We’re always very actively engaged,” Bertoncin said. “We feel very connected to this community.”

To find out more or to discuss their many service options, contact Charlie Passantino or Gary Bertoncin at (816) 471-2844 or email staff@passantinobros.com.

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • Former State Representative, County Legislator plans to run for KCMO City Council in Fourth District race

    24 hours ago
    by

    EllieAna Hale Editorial Assistant Henry Rizzo, former Missouri State Representative and former chairman of the Jackson County Legislature, has announced […]


    SCARRITT SCHOOL

    July 6th, 2022
    by

    The vacant former Scarritt Elementary School on Anderson Avenue, which closed in 2010, will be sold by the district. Proposals […]


    Solarize your home and save money

    July 6th, 2022
    by

    Brought to you by Jerusalem Farm Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!Enter your […]


    Legal Aid helps neighborhoods restore abandoned homes

    July 6th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor In Northeast Kansas City’s historic neighborhoods, preserving the aging housing stock is a priority for those […]


    KC CARE provides health services for all

    July 6th, 2022
    by

    Northeast News KC CARE Health Center began serving the Kansas City community in 1971. They were known as the Westport […]


    Northeast area public pools and spraygrounds

    July 5th, 2022
    by

    CONCOURSE PARK FOUNTAIN 200 Benton Blvd Open year round. BUDD PARK POOL 5600 Budd Park Esplanade Summer 2022 Season June […]


    Kansas City’s Most Wanted

    June 29th, 2022
    by

    KC Crime Stoppers has partnered with The Northeast News to help track individuals in Northeast KC on the Kansas City’s […]


    Vacant Scarritt School slated for reuse

    June 29th, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor The Scarritt Elementary School at 3509 Anderson Ave., closed in 2010 during the “right sizing” of […]


  • Welcoming KC hosts International Food Tour to celebrate cultures on Independence Ave.

    June 29th, 2022
    by

    EllieAna Hale Editorial Assistant Welcoming KC hosted this year’s KC International Food Tour in Historic Northeast, a day of celebration […]


    State Representative earns Missouri Horace Mann award

    June 29th, 2022
    by

    Michael Bushnell Publisher State Representative Ingrid Burnett (D-19) was awarded the 2022 Horace Mann Award Thursday evening at a reception […]


    American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918-1939

    June 29th, 2022
    by

    Sponsored content The Kansas City Museum’s collections of historical materials are an important means of advancing the Museum’s mission and […]


    Community partnerships at the heart of Mattie Rhodes, NEAT Mission

    June 29th, 2022
    by

    Sponsored content Once again the Mattie Rhodes Center’s Northeast facility at 148 N. Topping is sponsoring a series of community […]


    Cosentino’s Career Opportunities

    June 29th, 2022
    by

    Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!Enter your email address and click on the […]


    Man sentenced to 28 years for double homicide in 2019

    June 28th, 2022
    by

    By EllieAna Hale Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced June 27 that 25-year-old Mario Markworth was sentenced to 28 […]


    Pedestrian suffers critical injuries in early morning hit and run

    June 23rd, 2022
    by

    Update: The female pedestrian has succumbed to her injuries according to KCPD. A female pedestrian who was standing in the […]


    Cafe Cá Phê hosts fundraising yard sale

    June 22nd, 2022
    by

    EllieAna Hale Editorial Assistant Cafe Cá Phê hosted a Yard Sale Pop-Up Event on June 17 to fundraise and support […]


    World Refugee Day celebration brings together the stories of a diverse community

    June 22nd, 2022
    by

    EllieAna HaleEditorial Assistant On June 18, the North-East Branch of the Kansas City Public Library hosted the city’s annual World […]


    Community Calendar

    June 22nd, 2022
    by

    FRIDAY, JUNE 24 –Welcoming KC Presents the International Food Tour. $30 per person. CLICK HERE MORE MORE DETAILS SATURDAY, JUNE […]


    Sewing Labs welcome international textile recycler

    June 22nd, 2022
    by

    Abby Hoover Managing Editor The Sewing Labs of Kansas City, a nonprofit teaching the legacy of sewing for employment, entrepreneurship, […]


    Aldi Career Opportunities

    June 22nd, 2022
    by

    Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!Enter your email address and click on the […]


  • Northeast Newscast


  • Faces Of Northeast


  • Remember This?


  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.