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Michael Albano

Michael Santo John Albano

Thursday, January 13th, 1944 - Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
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Obituary

Michael S.J. Albano, 76, of Lee’s Summit, MO, beloved by his family, friends and colleagues, passed away January 22, 2020. On Sunday, January 26, a visitation will be held from 6-9p.m. at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO. On Monday, January 27, a visitation will be held from 10-11:00 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 4205 Tracy Avenue, KCMO. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Michael was born January 13, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY to Alexander Joseph Albano and Josephine (Giannetto) Albano. After his mother died when he was 3, he was raised by his grandparents and father with his brother, Dr. Sandy Albano, PhD, born one year later with whom he was very close. He graduated from Central Islip High School in Long Island, NY in 1961, where he since helped establish a scholarship for graduating seniors. He was fortunate to be recruited to attend The University of Kansas City (now UMKC) on scholarship, with two high school basketball teammates, where he earned his BA in History and Government and a Lifetime Teaching Certificate. Inspired by an encouraging Dean of Students, he attended the UMKC Law School, received several scholarships, and later sponsored a scholarship for the law school. He practiced law at the same firm for 51 years, originally known as Graham, Paden, Welch and Martin, eventually becoming Welch, Martin and Albano LLC and currently known as Albano, Richart, Welch & Bajackson, LLC in Independence, MO. He met his beautiful and accomplished wife Grace while in college and they married in 1966. They enjoyed raising their two treasured daughters, Christy and Sarah in Lakewood, Lee’s Summit, MO. Michael excelled in the practice of law. He was a noted family law author, lecturer and litigator. His awards and recognitions were voluminous. His abilities and accomplishments included becoming Chair of the ABA Family Law Section and President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He served in numerous leadership positions with the MO Bar Association and UMKC. He was admitted into the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. He was named in every issue of Best Lawyers in America since its inception in 1983. He co-wrote the first Missouri Dissolution of Marriage Act in 1974. He served many charitable organizations, is universally respected and loved by his colleagues and peers for his knowledge, efforts to improve the practice, mentorship, unwavering ethics, and heart to protect the families and children impacted by family law. He was king of the dance floor, annual honorary coach of a NAIA Men’s Basketball Team, loved the Chiefs, Royals, and captained the UMKC Basketball Spirit Club. He was a longtime leader at Immanuel Lutheran Church, and above all, held immense love for his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, who helped raise him, his parents; his brother, and nephew Gary Diekmann. Michael is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Dr. Grace Albano; daughters, Christine Albano, JD (Albano Law, PLLC) and Sarah Goodman (Jennings), grandchildren Olivia, Nicholas and Lillian Goodman, sister-n-law Judy Albano (Sandy) and numerous other loving in-laws, nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made to the AAML Foundation www.aamlfoundation.org, Central Islip School Class of ’60, ’61 and ’62 Scholarship, UMKC School of Law Michael J. Albano Scholarship,http://umkclaw.link/mikealbanoscholarship Online condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600)
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 26th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Sunday, January 26th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    Address
    18020 E. 39th St.
    INDEPENDENCE, MO 64055
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, January 27th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Monday, January 27th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    Address
    4205 Tracy Avenue
    KANSAS CITY, MO 64110
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  • Service

    Monday, January 27th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, January 27th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    Notes
    4205 Tracy Avenue, KCMO.
    Officiant
    Pastor Tim Staffeld
    Co-Celebrant
    Reverend Dr. Thomas Trapp
    Reverend Richard Woelmer
  • Interment

    Location
    Memorial Park

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Russell Jones

Posted at 02:45pm
I am writing on behalf of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, to express our condolences for Mike Albano's passing earlier this year. I practice a different type of law than Mike did, so our paths never crossed in the courtroom, but he was well known as a smart, tough, but fair lawyer, who zealously represented and truly cared about his clients and their causes. We want Mike's family to know that he and you have been in our thoughts and prayers since we learned of his passing. Peace be to you and yours -- Russell Jones, Past President, KCMBA
KW

Katie Wood

Posted at 10:33am
Grace,
Very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Randy St. Clair sent me his obituary which was beyond impressive. You had a beautiful life together and I congratulate you on that and having plenty left to live on for.
Daryle McGinnis & Cindy
JR

John Readey

Posted at 03:16pm
Grace:
I was so saddened to hear about Mike’s passing. It is difficult to believe. It seems as if I just saw him, although I realize it has been a while. This must be a very difficult time for you and your family.
Mike was such a great guy in so many ways: personally, professionally, as a husband and father. Plus, although he certainly had a serious side, he was also a lot of fun to be with. I never had to worry about quiet moments when talking with Mike - he could carry a conversation for miles, as you know.
He was a presence in the practice of law in this community, as well as nationally in his area of specialty. He must have been proud of what he accomplished and also proud to have a daughter follow in his professional footsteps.
I regret that I am out of town with family and will not be able to attend his service but please know that my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
Sincerely,
John Readey
HS

Henry M. Stoever

Posted at 09:07pm
Michael Albano was fondly remembered today, Jan. 27, 2020, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, for Michael was a first class man who served others and who used his God given gifts for the good of the profession and this community. We will miss Michael's leadership, and wise words of counsel. God bless Michael's family and friends. Henry M. Stoever, Attorney-at-Law, (913) 375-0045 (cell), henrystoever@sbcglobal.net
DW

Darvin Lee Weston

Posted at 11:18am
Mike Albano joined Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at UMKC with a confidence, a winning smile, an enthusiasm in all matters. He became the fraternity chaplain and a host of other leadership positions followed and donations of person and profit were given to worthy causes. When I returned to Kansas City on Navy leave, Mike with fellow TKEs gathered to greet me with smiles and a zest for life, good humor, friendship strong and true. Farewell Frater Mike - you left us all better for your visit.
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