T he "home" part of Passantino Bros. Funeral Home was one of many mansions that lined Independence Boulevard at the turn of the twentieth century.
2117 Independence Boulevard was built in the late 1880's by James Kellogg Burnham (1843-1907), co-founder and president of the Burnham, Hanna, Munger Dry Goods Co., wholesalers of uniforms, overalls and other clothing. Mr. Burnham also served as president of the National Wholesale Dry Goods Association and was a Kansas City parks commissioner. Following the Burnham ownership the house was split into apartments and remained that way until the Passantino family acquired it in 1929 with the intent of opening a funeral home.
There have been several additions to the original house, some as early as the 1890's. The Passantino family made several additions in the 1950's and 60's to bring the home to its present form. In past few years major renovation and redecoration projects have been completed as we continue to mantain our facility at the highest standard.