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Herbert Michael ZACCAGNINI Obituary
ZACCAGNINI Herbert Michael Zaccagnini, 65, of Pleasant Hill, MO, began his new journey, September 24, 2013, after a valiant and courageous 5 1/2 year fight against Multiple Myeloma. He was born in Kansas City, MO, November 3, 1947 to Michael and Madine Zaccagnini. He graduated from Ruskin High School and married his high school sweetheart and first love, Mary Jo Falco, at the age of 19. He had a passion for wood working, a trade his grandfather excelled in. This passion led to a lifelong career of his cabinetry making business, Wood Classics, Inc. which he co-owned with his son, Michael, for over 40 years. He constantly strived for perfection, his talents and creativity were unlimited and his motto was 'A completely satisfied customer is our best salesman and there is nothing better than word of mouth!'. His fondness for animals led to the creation of Circle Z Ranch, his registered brangus cattle business. He spent innumerable hours tending to, nurturing and raising hundreds of these docile creatures. When he wasn't building cabinets or tending to his cattle, you could find him out on his John Deere tractor, working the hundreds of acres of land that he had acquired over the years. In 1993, Herb, Mary Jo and Michael took on their next new venture, the conservation of land in Worth, Gentry and Harrison counties. They spent countless hours improving this land and eventually, this led to the construction of their second home, 'Heaven', aptly named so. He performed many random acts of kindness and never knew a stranger. His generosity was limitless and touched the lives of countless people. He unfailingly shared his immense knowledge with others and inspired them to follow their dreams. He is now reunited with his father, Michael Zaccagnini and his father-in- law, Joseph Falco, who were major influences in his life. Herb will be forever remembered by those he loved: Mary Jo, his devoted wife of 46 years; his son, Michael and granddaughter, Haylee; his daughter, Rozanna, her husband Alan and grand-daughter Alexzis Rose; his favorite mother-in-law, Rose Marie Falco, and his mother, Madine; his brother-in-law, Joe Falco and his wife Kathy; his sister-in-law Carol Stewart and her husband Mike, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Herb's family would like to thank Dr. Mark Davidner and staff, Dr. Richard Morgan, Dr. Mark Hartter, the KU stem cell transplant team, the staff at KC Hospice House, his steadfast friend, Terry Parker and the many friends who showed compassion during his long struggle with his illness. Herb's final act of selflessness and kindness was to donate his body to the KU Medical Center in hopes of helping to find a cure for Multiple Myeloma. In keeping with Herb's philosophy, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, each person perform an individual act of kindness in Herb's memory. Donations can be made to Wayside Waifs at 3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, MO 64137, as Herb was a strong advocate for all animals. Herb's gift and legacy to his family was his inexhaustible work ethic and generous spirit. You are our forever hero and are greatly loved and missed. A celebration of his life is planned for a future date.


Published in Kansas City Star on Sept. 27, 2013
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