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Carmen Anthony Notaro

Dr. Carmen Anthony Notaro, a resident of Bridgeton, MO, passed away at home on January 25, 2021 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 79 years old. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Joanne (nee Grieff) Notaro; his son, Paul Carmen Notaro; his grandson, Paul Marshall Notaro; his daughter-in-law Sheri (nee Wynn) Notaro; his sister-in-law, Dianna (nee Genuso) Notaro; eight loving nephews; one aunt, Rose Arnone; and a host of devoted cousins. Carmen is preceded in death by his parents Thomas A. Notaro and Rose F. (nee Trimboli) Notaro and his brother, Hon. Peter J. Notaro.

After graduating from Bishop Fallon High School in 1958, Carmen went on to earn a BA, cum laude, from Canisius College in 1962 and a doctorate degree in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1969. As a result of his studies, he published articles about Presidents Lincoln, Jackson, and Polk in various academic journals.

After he completed his doctoral degree, Carmen worked for over 23 years at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY, where he ultimately served as Executive Vice President. Carmen and his family then moved to Shawnee, Oklahoma where he served as the President of St. Gregory’s College for five years. After concluding his service to St. Gregory’s College, Carmen continued to enjoy a long career in higher education administration, college teaching, and fund-raising at Rose State College, Seminole State College, and the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum.

After retiring in 2007, Carmen and Joanne moved to St. Louis, MO to be closer to their son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. Carmen and Joanne enjoyed traveling, antiquing, bird-watching, and celebrating holidays with their family.

The family will hold a private funeral. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation in Carmen’s honor to the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, Oklahoma (sent to the attention of Marci Donaho, P.O. Box 1828, Seminole, OK 74818-1828).


  1. Carmen Verrastro on January 26, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Dear Joanne and family, our deepest sympathies extend to your family from ours. We will always remember Carmens sense of humor. Love The Verrastros

  2. Paul and Donna Mae Witman on January 26, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    We will miss you!

  3. Reginald VanDerson on January 26, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Our deepest condolences. May you find peace in knowing that he is in a better place. We pray for you and your family. May perpetual light shine upon him. The VanDerson family and PEC

  4. Amy Davis on January 26, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    You were a very kind, sweet, humble man. My fondest memory of you is dancing with my Aunt Loretta at Robert’s annual Christmas bash!! I will think of you every Christmas.

    With love,

  5. Maggie Levenstein on January 27, 2021 at 7:43 am

    My sincerest condolences to the whole family.



  6. Marci Donaho on January 27, 2021 at 8:08 am

    We are so sorry for the loss of a most unique individual. He brought much laughter to our small community and the entities with which he worked. His laugh was infectious and he was respected by many of his peers. Condolences to his family, particularly Joanne and Paul. Treasure the memories and carry him in your heart. God bless you all. Marci Donaho

  7. Burma Kernal on January 27, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Joanne, Paul and your family. So very sorry for your loss. Take care of each other and share those precious memories

  8. Fr. Douglas F. Faraci on January 27, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Dear Joanne & Family,
    You have my heartfelt sympathy at the passing of your beloved husband, father, grandfather & father-in-law.
    Please be assured of my daily prayers and Mass celebrations for you. May our dear Lord Jesus give you His peace, comfort and consolation.
    Cousin, Fr. Doug Faraci

  9. Peggy Campbell on January 27, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    My God’s comfort help you and your family during this difficult time.
    With love,
    Peggy Campbell

  10. Pat Moore on January 27, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Was so saddened to learn of Carmen’s passing. He will be remembered by so many for the wonderful human that he was. My prayers are for the whole family to find comfort in your memories. Love
    Pat Moore

  11. Mary Frances Miller on January 27, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Mrs Notaro,Paul,Sheri,Paul Marshall and the rest of the Notaro family. Sending my condolences!! Praying that our Heavenly Father will surround you all with his Holy Spirit and comfort you all like only he can!!

  12. M Alexanne Pifer on January 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm


    I am so sorry. Carmen was one of my all time favorite people. His love of life and his love for you was amazing. I enjoyed our outings to explore new restaurants. Both of you were a pleasant asset to any party. Rest In Peace Carmen.

  13. Joe and Wanda on January 28, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Joanne and family
    Loosing someone you love is so hard. We know your heart is breaking. Carmen was such a special person . His loving and caring ways made him a pleasure to be with. And Joanne, he adored you. We will all miss him so much.
    Rest In Peace Carmen. You were a dear friend.

  14. Stephanie Dipiano on January 28, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Dear Joanne, Paul, and Family
    I was so saddened to hear of Carmen’s passing. He was a very special cousin to me. Our relationship was unique in that we were not only 1st cousins (on my mother’s side)—but 3rd cousins (on my father’s side)! But, most importantly, our relationship was special because of the childhood we shared with cousins and friends and aunts and uncles. The brick house on Trenton Avenue was always filled with love and laughter. Memories of Uncle Tom and Aunt Rosie sitting at the kitchen table while we played games in the family room (with Carmen always taking on the role of “teacher”—go figure!) Carmen will always hold a special place in my childhood memories; and when I think of him, I will always remember his unique way of making everyone feel special. And I am so blessed to have been one of those people.
    Cousin Stephanie

  15. Br. Benet Exton, O.S.B. on January 29, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    May Dr. Carmen Notaro rest in peace! May his family be consoled.

  16. Ernestine Morse and Simmons Family on January 30, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Dear Joanne, Paul, Sheri and Paul Marshall,

    We are sending you all our deepest condolences in the passing of Carmen. We will always remember Carmen as a warm, fun loving, and kind man who loved his family unconditionally. We pray that God’s love will bring you comfort, strength and peace in the days ahead. There are so many fond memories of visits with him in Maryland, Virginia and St Louis. We will always remember Carmen’s infectious laugh, his colorful stories and his love for good food. We will miss him dearly. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ernestine, Kim, James, Tori and Zach

  17. Lola Jaegers on January 30, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Dear Joanne, you are in my thoughts and prayers as you cope with the loss of sweet Carmen!

  18. Dr. Carol Camp Yeakey on January 31, 2021 at 9:23 am

    To the Notaro Family,

    Wishing you grace and mercy during the days and years ahead. Dr. Carmen Notaro provided a wonderful role model for each of us to emulate. To my friend Dr. Sheri Notaro and her husband Dr. Paul Notaro, please cherish the memories and good times, living life to its fullest, as Carmen would have wanted.

    You have my heartfelt condolences on your loss.

  19. Jim and Ree Gerdes on January 31, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Dearest Joanne,
    We are so sad at the loss of Carmen to our present world but know he is in eternal joy! We enjoyed dinners shared with you both. May God hold him in the palm of His gentle hand and may you, your son and family be strengthened during this present time.

  20. Wayne Anderson on January 31, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    We will miss him.
    Love and prayers,
    Wayne and Marily

  21. Edna Brown on February 2, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    To the Notaro Family,
    I know you will miss Carmen and I hope you find peace and comfort in the fond memories you have of him.
    Our Warmest Regards,
    Edna and Vance

  22. Patrick Heraty on February 4, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Carmen left a legacy of caring at Hilbert College. His competency as a fund-raiser was strengthened by relationships based on trust. Those early funds provided the basis for Hilbert’s financial survival. Many of the endowments that he obtained remain among the largest in Hilbert’s history. He was a Christian, a Gentlemen, and a professional. A life well-lived. Condolences to Joanne and the family.

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