Frank S. 'Mr. Pass Key' Pagano, 79, passed away June 7, 2008. Survived by his wife of 53 years, Connie Pagano of the family home; son, Steve (Diana) Pagano of Pueblo; grandchildren, Mike (Autumn) Pagano, Stephanie Pagano (Chris Kieckhafer) and Ryan (Gina) Pagano; great-grandchildren, Kailey Kieckhafer, Ashley Kieckhafer, Avril Pagano, Ashton Pagano and Noah Pagano; brother-in-law, Sylvester Silvio of Pueblo; sisters-in-law, Vera Geanetta of Colorado Springs and Mary Jo (Jerry) Pagano-Stewart of Pueblo; nieces and nephews, Karen Pagano, Julie (Ron) Courtney, Kathy (Rocco) McCall and Jonna Pagano, as well as numerous other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and many friends at Pass Key. Preceded in death by his daughter, Renee Pagano; son, Randy Pagano; parents, John & Helen Pagano; brother, John Pagano; and nephew, Bob Pagano. Frank was born June 4, 1929, in Pueblo and was a lifetime Pueblo resident. He graduated from Central High School, where he was known as 'No. 28, the speedster' on the football team, playing on two championship teams in the mid 1940's. After graduation, he continued to love the game of football, especially the Broncos. Frank served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He and his brother, John, purchased the Pass Key Restaurant in 1952, from their uncle, and built the restaurant to be a noted Pueblo landmark. After his retirement ten years ago, Frank continued to enjoy visiting with customers at the Pass Key Restaurants. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening and helping his children at their homes. Member of Praise Assembly of God. Visitation, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m Tuesday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at Praise Assembly of God, 2000 Troy Ave., with Pastors Bobby J. Wilson and Darron Wilson officiating. Military honors by the Pueblo Veterans' Ritual Team and interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Those who desire may make memorials to the Renee Pagano Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Praise Assembly of God, 2000 Troy Ave., Pueblo, Colo. 81001. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. steven, sorry for the loss of your father. you may remember me from the pins i bring to pueblo on each visit. you and your family have much to be proud of for the things that your dad did.

  2. To all of the Pagano families:
    On this Father’s Day, 2008, we know that this loss is even more acute, so we send you prayers for comfort and even greater appreciation for all the legacies that your loved one has left YOU and the city of Pueblo. Our son, now in Michigan, HAS to have a “Special” as soon as he hits town. It is a family favorite for us as it is for so many. “Passkey” is DEFINITELY a special “key to Pueblo” and we hope it has been for his entry into the pearly gates. THANK YOU all for keeping the legacy going.
    Sincerely,
    The Samuelson family,
    Gordon, Leah and Ted

  3. We are so sad to hear of Frank’s passing. We wish we could be there in person to give you all hugs. Your family is always in our thoughts and hearts but especially during this painful time. We love you all,
    Susan, Abe,& Genevieve Egley

  4. The Pagano family is in my thoughts and prayers.
    So many wonderfull memories of growing up in Pueblo, and spending time at Passkeys.
    Anytime I was there and would see Mr.Pagano, whether working or just talking to customers or his employees he was always smiling and laughing, he touched so many people thru out the years and made so many people happy. God bless him and hold him tight.

  5. To a great family we send our thoughts and prayers for all of you during this difficult time. All though miles have separated us you have always been a part of us. I wish I could convey how you impacted ourlives when we lived in Pueblo. We so appreciated the family holiday dinners that you made our family a part of and the laughter that we all shared. Thank you! We also shared some difficult times together as we lost our best friend.
    I take great peace and comfort in knowing that someday we will all be together again!

    Rick & Rhonda Mathena
    Ryan & Ashley, Jayden, Kaleb Mathena
    Riley Mathena

  6. To Families of Frank S. Pagano:

    There are alot of us out here that will always remember Frank and John. I grew up in the time when they had the first Passkeys right of the highway of Abriendo. I made alot of good memories, and met with alot of friends there then and now I still go to Passkeys.
    we had a great time growing up with the Passkeys crew.
    Thank you for everything it was a great time growing up with you all.
    I can still remember Frank coming in to eat, a few times a friend of mine and I were there. we seemed to be there each time he was.

    God bless you all and my deepest condolances to you all.
    He was a really nice person.
    thank you for the chance to get to write this, as I am disabled and don’t get out much this is great.
    thank you again, may the Lord be with you at this time.
    A friend. Mary Beth Lane
    Pueblo, Co.

  7. we share in your sadness in the loss of mr. pagano. memories of pass key and the sweet sweet men who worked so hard every day to serve our lunch or dinner. we will never forget them. god bless you all.

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