Michael W. Farano

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May 12, 1951 - October 9, 2020
Born in Chicago, IL
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Michael Farano of O’Fallon, MO, passed away at the age of 69 on Friday, October 9, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Farano; his parents, Michael and Irma Farano; and his sister, Virginia Farano.

Michael is survived by his wife, Patricia Farano (nee Coulter); his son, Matthew Farano; his grandchild, Morgan; his stepchildren, Carrie (John) Spalding and Rebecca Smith; his step-grandchildren,  Julia, Ethan, Allyson, and Blake; and his sister, Laura Farano.

Mike was a parishioner of St. Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul, MO. He was scuba-certified, a former Boy Scout Leader, and had previously served as a volunteer firefighter/engineer and EMT in O’Fallon, MO. Music was one of Mike’s many passions and he had the distinction of belonging to three different jazz societies in the Midwest, though his love for music extended to many other genres as well. There was a special place in Mike’s heart for animals – especially dogs – and for the Chicago Bears whose 1985 Super Bowl win always brought a smile to his face.

Mike loved to relax and enjoy the finer things in life. He enjoyed traveling, visiting wineries, staying at bed and breakfasts, and attending concerts or theatrical performances at the Muny. Mike was a voracious reader who liked to watch movies and didn’t care if they were good or bad. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorial contributions in Mike’s name may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Gateway Chapter, the Muny Opera, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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October 14, 2020

The day we fell thru the ice on the river

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  1. Regina Engelken October 12, 2020 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    candle 7To Trish and your blended family with Mike: I am so very sorry for your loss. I only met Mike a few times, but he seemed like a very gentle man. God be with you in your time of grief.

  2. Marica Paljakka-Cargo October 12, 2020 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    candle 8“I hope the love and support from your loved ones bring you peace during this difficult time”

  3. Deborah J Neustadt October 12, 2020 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    candle 5Sorry to hear about your loss. He was a very happy fellow. I always enjoyed his company. Trish, I am sure you were one of the best things that ever happened to him.

  4. Mike Hutchison October 13, 2020 at 12:59 am - Reply

    candle 7Sorry for your loss, Trish. I wish I could have met him .

  5. Bruce Tolbert October 13, 2020 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    candle 7May you rest in peace with the Lord at your side. At least you are suffering pain no more. You and Trish had almost 15 years of a very happy marriage and I am personally glad you took good care of her all those years. RIP Mike

  6. Erwin Emge October 13, 2020 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed the years at the Fire Department with Mike. He was a calm and compassionate man. Rest in peace my brother.

  7. Your dear friend, Mike Costello October 13, 2020 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    My friend Mike Farano, Thank you for your friendship over these 20+ years. Glad we met at the fire house in St. Paul as volunteers. You took that much more serious than I did. You took numerous EMT classes, paramedic classes and fire prevention classes. I drove the parade truck. We had fun SCUBA diving in the Florida Keys and the Rolla quarry. Also the couple of times we SCUBA dived in the quarry out in Foristell were memorable. We were clearly trespassing then but hey, we were rebels right? The cops showed up the second time and booted us out. They could have sent us to jail. We had fun on the numerous canoe trips on the Meramec. I will always remember taking you sailing for the first time on Creve Coeur Lake. Certainly a favorite memory of mine. Two grown men on this tiny 14 foot Sunfish sailboat. Three weeks later you bought a Sunfish sail boat. A few months later we went in together and bought the 16 foot O’Day. We took that out to Carlyle Lake and could not figure out how to sail it back to shore with the wind against us. Good thing we had a motor or we would still be there. Then there was the time we got pulled over on the highway because you had out of date plates. You started to get out of the car and walk back to the police car. I pulled on your jacket and said, “where are you going”, you replied, I am going to see what he wants. I replied, “it does not work like that, trust me, he will come to us”. The cop got on his speaker and said, “Sir, stay in your car”. That was at LEAST the second time we almost went to jail. Then there was the time we both fell into the water walking on the ice on the Dardenne slough. It was about zero degrees out and we could not get out of the water because we were laughing so hard. There may have been alcohol involved. I am not going to light a candle cause, well you know, being firer fighters and all, Save me a spot next to you please.

  8. Christine Kowal October 14, 2020 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    candle 7I remember Mike from grade school through high school. He was always happy and an all around good guy. I’m sure he is greatly missed.

  9. RHOBERTA MICHAELS October 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    candle 4I remember Mike from early grade school throughout our high school years. I have lots of funny memories and reviewing them now in this time of sorrow for his family, brings bittersweetness. I am sure to see you again in the future…

  10. Cindy Frees October 16, 2020 at 8:51 am - Reply

    candle 8My deepest sympathies, Trish, for your tremendous loss. May your sorrow be balanced by knowing that Mike rests comfortably in the arms of God.

  11. Dale Weir October 18, 2020 at 11:48 am - Reply

    candle 2I remember Mike best from the trivia nights – he was always there to help with whatever needed to be done. He loved his extended family with his whole heart and they loved him back with theirs.

    When Trish was selling the Florissant houses, he was there, fixing them up, laying floors and whatever else was needed.

    Prayers for all as you mourn his loss and feel his smile warming your memories

  12. Jeanette Tichenor December 22, 2020 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Our families were friends during their time in Derby KS. And he was a Boy Scout leader with my husband of Scout Troop 692. He was always such a kind and generous man and a good influence for the boys. Prayers for you and the family, Trish.

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