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Joseph Lalumia WWII


June 22, 1924 - December 7, 2011

Joseph Lalumia, 87, of Raytown, MO, passed away December 7, 2011 surrounded by his family. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, December 10, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 9020 E. 51st St., Kansas City, MO 64133. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at St. Bernadette Church, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Contributions are suggested to St. Bernadette Parish. Online condolences may be offered at


Joseph was born June 22, 1924 in Kansas City, MO to Andrew and Augustine (Gravino) Lalumia. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving under General Patton, and was a member of the American Legion. He was a member of St. Bernadette Parish and the St. Joseph Society, and was a third-degree honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus. He retired from Midwest Terminal. Joe loved the Chiefs and Royals. He enjoyed making Italian sausage and wine for friends and family, and he loved supporting his family and friends in all their projects.


Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters and brothers, Frances Stacy, Lucille Crawford, Mary Kerr, Phyllis Blake, Helen Williams, JoAnn Gulotta, Loretta DiMarco, Jimmy Lalumia, and Salvatore Lalumia.


He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Bonnie (Scarcello) Lalumia; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Patty Lalumia; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and John Tuccillo, Chris and Buddy Bleyenberg; grandchildren and spouses, Angela and John Cook, Lori and Joe Janacaro, Joe Mike Lalumia, Lisa and Justin Schuster, Frank and Alison Lalumia, Anna and Shaun McGraw, Maria Lalumia, and John Bleyenberg; ten great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Anch and husband Ben, Rosalie Oxley and husband Ben; brother, Anthony Lalumia and wife Sandy; brothers-in-law, Vince Gulotta and Charlie DiMarco; sister-in-law, Nancy Lalumia; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


The family would like to thank the excellent caregivers at Bickford House, Westridge Gardens, and St. Luke’s East, and Dr. Keith Jantz for the exceptional care he received over the years. 


Joseph was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

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