Joseph S. Arena, 78, Northeast Kansas City, MO, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, December 21, 2012, surrounded by his family. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, December 27, at Passantino Bros. Funeral Home, 2117 Independence Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64124, where the Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, December 28, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 309 Benton Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64124. Burial will follow in Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Anthony Catholic Church or NorthCare Hospice.
Joe was born January 22, 1934 in Kansas City, MO to Albert and Jennie (Arnone) Arena. He joined the U.S. Army at age 17 and retired in 1994 as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 and Master Aviator following 40 years of service. Joe also served for 33 years on the Kansas City, MO Fire Department, and was a certified flight instructor. He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother.
Joe is survived by his wife of 52 years, Pat Arena; his children and their spouses, Julie and Lee Swope, Joe and Jenny Ann Arena, Jennifer Arena; grandchildren, Joe Pat, Michael, and Anthony Swope, Joseph and John Richard Arena; brothers, John Arena, Paul Arena, Charles Arena; and many other relatives and special friends.
Online condolences may be offered at www.passantinobros.com.