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Miroslav Staresinic

November 22, 1951 — May 5, 2022

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Miroslav Staresinic, aged 70, passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 5, 2022. He died at Providence Medical Center, in Kansas City, Kansas, where he was taken after collapsing while walking with his dog at his home in Basehor, Kansas.
Miroslav Stareini was born November 22, 1951, in Skradsko Selo, Yugoslavia (in what is now Croatia) to parents Ana (Ladesi) Stareini and Mato Tomasi. He attended school in Ribnik and was a parishioner at St. Ilija Church in Lipnik. As in many rural Croatian villages, the residents of Skradsko Selo farmed the fields by day and worked as mechanics, toolmakers, carpenters, lumberjacks, and a myriad of other trades. It was in this environment that Miro learned to fix, build, or create just about anything mechanical, electrical, or whimsical. Young Miro had an adventurous streak that led him to climb into the mouth of a dormant volcano, dangle from a rope while repairing the church steeple, and drop out of planes in gliders during his time in compulsory military service. He also completed his education in mechanical drawing.

On May 10, 1974, Miro immigrated to the United States. He married Marica (Mary) Mikan at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Kansas City, Kansas, on July 27, 1974. For the first year and a half, they rented a house on Strawberry Hill. They purchased their first home in the suburbs just in time for the birth of their daughter, Diana, in 1976. Their son, David, was born in 1980.

Miro worked at Harlan Tractor Co. and Wheatland before beginning his 34-year career at the General Motors Fairfax Plant in Kansas City, Kansas, where he was a master tool and die maker and a member of UAW Local #31. He retired in 2020. Miro also independently produced, created, and designed parts, tools, gadgets, and whatever was needed as an independent machinist.
Miro always said that he knew what it was like to have nothing and to need help, and he went out of his way to help others. He was that man who would stop and check on you if he saw your car stranded during a snowstorm, help you rewire your garage, or fix your car even if you couldnt afford to pay him. He was a loving husband who cared for his wife, Mary, throughout her difficult journey with multiple sclerosis. Mary died in 2004.

Miro was smart and funny, kind and compassionate, though he didnt hold back if he thought you were doing something wrong. He loved ingenuity and creativity, stories, art, and beautifully crafted things, gardening, and his pets. If you stopped by his house, he would feed you and send you home with more food for later. He cared about people, and if he met you once, he remembered you always. Miro was a proud grandfather to Joe and Ruth, who were his greatest joy in the years following Marys passing.
Miroslav Staresinic was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary, and his nephew, Ivan Vardijan. He is survived by his older brother Nikola Stareini and wife Milka Stareini, daughter Diana Staresinic-Deane and son-in-law James Deane, son David Staresinic, grandchildren Joseph Staresinic and Ruth Staresinic, sister-in-law Ann (Mikan) Vardijan and husband Ivan Vardijan, niece Michelle (Vardijan) Eskina, nephew Damir Stareini and niece Nikolina (Stareini) inkovi and husband Petar inkovi, and great-nieces and great-nephews Alexis Eskina, Zachary Eskina, Sandi Stareini, Tea inkovi, and Petra inkovi, many other family members and friends, and his beloved dog, Apollo, who was by his side at the very end.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Miroslav Staresinic Memorial Trades Education Scholarship via the Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation to support USD 458 students in their pursuit of an education in the trades. Checks should be made out to Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation with "Miroslav Staresinic Scholarship" in the memo and can be sent to Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation, c/o Ashley Razak, at 2008 N 155th Street, Basehor, Kansas, 66007.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

St. Patrick Catholic Church
1086 N.95th St.Kansas City, Kansas 66112

Funeral Mass
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

St. Patrick Catholic Church
1086 N.95th St.Kansas City, Kansas 66112

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
11:45 AM

Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
State, Kansas City, Kansas

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