Renato Tassera

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February 15, 1937 - December 31, 2018
Born in Orta San Giulio, Italy
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Renato Tassera was born on February 15, 1937 in a small town in Orta San Giulio Province of Novara in the Italian Alps region of Northern Italy, and passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018. He was the middle child to Giovanni Tassera and Carmen Guarnori Tassera.

His inspiration for culinary arts was influenced by an uncle who travelled the world as a chef. He trained in Stresa, Rome, France, Geneva, Switzerland, and London perfecting his craft as well as learning French and English. While in London at the Imperial Ballroom he met a beautiful Serbo-Croatian student who later became his wife and mother of his two daughters.

As he perfected his trade, he took an opportunity to take a chef position in Dallas, TX. After the birth of his two children he took yet another adventure and moved his family back to Orta San Giulio to open a hotel/banquet center with his brother. Two years later he returned to the United States in St. Louis, MO to open his own Northern Italian Cuisine Restaurant called Renato’s and then worked at several retirement communities. He loved cooking for others, hiking, biking, nature, and watching wrestling, soccer, and history shows.

He was most proud of his family and his grandchildren were the light of his life. Renato Tassera is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Gisella Magistrelli. He is survived by his ex-wife Branka; his daughters Linda (Robert) and Elena (Chad); his four grand-daughters, Daniella, Sophia, Juliette, and Julianna; his brother Mario (Anne); as well as many other family members in Italy. He will be dearly missed by all whose lives he touched.

Memorial contributions may be made in Renato's name to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

Guestbook Entries

  1. mary January 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I met Renato several years ago and he truly was a gentleman, rest in peace. Mary Cooper

  2. Rebecca January 2, 2019 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Renato was a great friend. He was a good listener and very gracious. I am blessed to have been his friend. My sincere condolences to his family.

  3. Mark Rushing January 2, 2019 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    candle 7Renato was a great chef and human being I had the pleasure to have worked with him . Renato is partly responsible for me becoming a chef he was a great role model .

  4. Kevin D Westlake January 3, 2019 at 9:00 am - Reply

    candle 8Renato Was a great man Teacher,Mentor,Chef and Father.And most of all a good friend And he molded me into the chef I am today Brother you will be missed.Be the Master Chef in Heaven As you were on Earth

  5. Kevin D Westlake January 3, 2019 at 9:11 am - Reply

    candle 8Renato was a great man,Teacher,Mentor,Father,Chef,And most of all a good Friend.He also Molded Me and My Late Daughter In to the Chefs we are today.Brother you will be missed May you be the Master Chef in Heaven as you were on Earth

  6. John Webster January 3, 2019 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Renato was a great person and Chef. He was a role model to many. He will be missed dearly.

  7. Michael Story, CFP January 3, 2019 at 11:28 am - Reply

    I was honored and very blessed to be Renato’s financial adviser and friend. We always enjoyed seeing him come into the office and to our events. He was always cheerful and friendly. My wife Anne and I were lucky enough to sample his wonderful cuisine. He invited us to his home for a delightful dinner. I remember thinking this is the best pasta I have ever had, so I asked if I could have more. He said of course, but don’t you want to save room for the main course. I didn’t know that in his part of Italy the pasta was an appetizer! He was a great Chef! We always talked about his bicycling adventures too. I know he really enjoyed that as well.

    May God comfort and keep Renato’s family during this very sad time. I will miss my dear friend.

  8. David Patrico January 3, 2019 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    candle 3Renato, you will be missed my friend. Your charm, sense of humor, the love you always expressed about your family and most certainly your culinary talents were the defining moments of your life that I certainly will always remember about you. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Renato. Rest in peace.

  9. Jamie January 3, 2019 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    I worked at Renato’s in St. Louis for several years when I was in high school. I still have fond memrores of my time there. Best minestrone soup I’ve ever had and I still tell people about Renato’s “veal in a bag dish.” He was a lovely man.

  10. Tassera Mario January 4, 2019 at 8:09 am - Reply

    From Italy his brother Mario with Anne, sons Patrice with Annalisa, Nicolò. Mattia, and Michel with wife Caterina, Edoardo,Filippo, Niece Isabella with son Manuel and all families Guarnori, Introini, Godi will keep a nice souvenir
    of Renato, and pray for his soul and rest in peace.

  11. Mario Tassera January 4, 2019 at 8:30 am - Reply

    From Italy, his brother Mario with Anne and sons Patrice with Annalisa,Nicolò, Mattia and Michel with wife Caterina, Edoardo, Filipo, his niece Isabella and son Manuel, with families Guarnori, Introini, Godi, will keep a nice souvenir of Renato and will pray for his soul and rest in peace.

  12. Mr. & Mrs. Rainier dela Fuente January 4, 2019 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Linda, from our family to yours, our deepest sympathies in this difficult time. May you be comforted by loving memories of your father that will live on in your hearts. 💐

  13. Gene & Ada Cristina Casey Rotter January 4, 2019 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Renato and I (Ada Cristina) became friends when we started working together in 1992 twenty-six years ago. After moving on to different jobs 4 years later, we continued our friendship. We were each other’s confidants often sharing stories about our love for our families and our deep appreciation for life itself. I was always the dreamer, he called me “Pollyanna”, and he was the practical one who taught me all about the value of money. When I met my future husband in 1999, Renato and Gene made an instant connection; their conversations were often about fiances and living within your means. Having us over for his delicious dinners was a bonus we always looked forward to as well. We are going to miss his sharing the latest experiences on his bike; but mostly, we will always remember the twinkle in his eyes when we sat in his living room for hours as he shared pictures of his beautiful granddaughters starting as babies and as they were growing up. Renato, we loved you and we will miss you dearly.

  14. David Hietter January 5, 2019 at 1:18 am - Reply

    candle 7Renato was a wonderful man and I great friend to myself, my girlfriend Brenda and my mom Lois. We enjoyed working together and just getting together. I was looking forward to seeing Renato for years to come. Something about Renato crosses my mind most days and I am sure they will for quite some time. He will be missed. Elena and Linda, it was very nice to meet with you even for such a brief time. You both seem like very caring people but you come from great stock. Branka, thanks to you for taking such good care of my friend in his last months. I know he is at peace.

  15. Maria Carmen, Caterina, Giancarla and family January 5, 2019 at 5:37 am - Reply

    A prayer for our beloved Renato. We are close to you with the heart

  16. Mike Ott January 5, 2019 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Knowing and working with Renato was one of my greatest pleasures in life. He was truly a great Chef, mentor, and friend. He made me the chef I am today. I often quote him, tell his stories, and remember the life lessons learned by his side in and out of the kitchen. He was truly a gentleman, and will be dearly missed. God’s speed, Renato. Until we meet again.

  17. Cindy Martin January 6, 2019 at 8:27 am - Reply

    I worked with Chef Renato when he was at the Gatesworth and I was at McKnight Place. He created a delicious pasta alfredo that was impossible to resist. He was always so kind with a word of encouragement and ready to help any way he could. We were later neighbors but rarely saw each other. I pray for comfort for his family and loved ones.

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