Nicholas M. MonacoOctober 14th, 2020
Nicholas M. Monaco, age 90, passed away on October 11, 2020, at his home in Jefferson City, Mo. He was born on April 29, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo. to Michael Monaco and Concetta Bevilacqua Monaco. Nick was married to Mildred Picket Monaco who predeceased Nick in death on September 6, 2009. Nick's early life was spent working with his parents in the family bakery in St. Louis, Mo. After graduating from Christian Brothers College High School ("CBC") in St Louis, Mo., Nick attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. Following graduation Nick served in the United States Air Force until his retirement from the Reserves with the rank of Lt. Colonel. While stationed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., Nick met the love of his life, Mildred Pickett. Upon release from active duty with the loving support from Mildred, Nick graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1958. Upon being admitted to the Missouri Bar Association in August of 1958, Nick was appointed as Assistant Counsel at the Missouri Division of Insurance where he became Chief Counsel and Acting Superintendent of Insurance. As an advocate of insurance regulation for the protection of Missouri policyholders, he joined Forrest Carson and John Inglish, becoming at that time the Law Firm of Carson, Inglish & Monaco, P.C., adding insurance regulation to their well-established practices in 1962. Nick's practice of law continued for over 60 years in Jefferson City, Mo., during which he co-founded the Federation of Regulatory Counsel ("FORC") now a national organization of insurance regulatory attorneys. Nick transitioned from practicing as an active Member of Inglish & Monaco, P.C., to serving in his capacity as Of Counsel to the firm in the later years of his law practice in Jefferson City, Mo. In addition to Nick's law practice, he became engaged in community service including Boy Scouts as Scout Master, Boy Scout District Chairman, receiving one of the highest Boy Scout awards, the Silver Beaver; Rotary Club President and Rotary District Governor; and an Advisory Board Member of SSM St. Mary's Foundation and a Board Member of the SSM St. Mary's Board of Directors; a Missouri Insurance Education Foundation co-founder with past directors of insurance; and the University of Missouri Alumni Association Board Member. As a member of the Air Force Reserves, Monaco worked with the Jefferson City High School Junior ROTC program teaching the Uniform Code of Military Justice for seven years to high school students. Nick and Mildred were active members of Immaculate Conception Parish of Jefferson City, Mo., and of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher. Nick was active in the Immaculate Conception Holy Name Society and served as president of the Immaculate Conception Home & School Association and the Immaculate Conception Parish Counsel. Monaco was a member of the Cole County Bar Association, St. Louis Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association and American Bar Association. He was also admitted to practice before the Eighth and Ninth United States Circuit Courts of Appeals located in St. Louis and San Francisco, and the Supreme Court of the United States. As a community minded supporter, Nick sought opportunities for new business as a board member of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the Chamber's Committee of Fifty, and as the Chamber's Vice President helped to attract Scholastic, Inc. and Chesebrough Ponds to locate in Jefferson City. Nick was active in the Jefferson City YMCA expansion to the current locations on Ellis Blvd. and on Stadium Blvd. in Jefferson City, Mo. As an alumnus of the University of Missouri, he was a charter member of the University of Missouri Alumni Alliance when the University adopted the four-campus system, becoming the first president. Nick and Mildred made their home in Jefferson City in 1955, where they became early advocates of historic preservation, being active in the Cole County Historical Society, and completed a one-year restoration in 1965 of the Vineyard Place, which was originally built in 1828, and completed in 1846; the Parker House, built in 1904; and the Monroe House, built in 1884. Nick was Foundation Board President of Historic City of Jefferson ("HCJ"); member of the Jefferson City Redistricting Commission 1960, 1970, and 1980; and Capitol Avenue Landmark League Board Member. Also, Nick was a member of the Jefferson City Country Club, and was involved in the JC Downtown Business Association as president and a board member. Nick was preceded in death by his loving wife Mildred; his parents; and his younger brother, Anthony Monaco. He is survived by his children: Catherine Monaco Moore and husband Clifford Ray Moore Jr. of Frankston, Texas, Ann Monaco Warren and husband Mark G. R. Warren of Jefferson City, Mo., and Michael E. Monaco and wife Cynthia Fay Monaco of Lee's Summit, Mo.; grandchildren: Clifford Ray Moore III and wife Karey McPhee Moore of Frankston, Texas, Catherine Elizabeth LeFevre of Frankston, Texas, Mary Grace Monaco Warren of St. Louis, Mo., Frederick Monroe Warren III of Jefferson City Mo., Christina Ann Rellergert and husband Aaron Rellergert of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Nicholas Gerard Monaco of Macon, Ga.; and great-grandchildren: Kennedy Catherine LeFevre and Jameson E Autry LeFevre of Frankston, Texas, and Siena Rose Rellergert, Sloane Avery Rellergert and Stella Ray Rellergert of Lee's Summit, Mo.; and Nick's sister, Teresa Monaco of Jefferson City, Mo. A Private Funeral Mass of Christian Burial with Interment at Resurrection Cemetery has been arranged due to the Covid-19 Pandemic with Reverend Don Antweiler officiating. In lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions may be made in Nick's name to the Central Missouri Honor Flight; Immaculate Conception Parish, Jefferson City, Mo.; the SSM St. Mary's Foundation, Jefferson City, Mo. or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, Jefferson City, Missouri 65109 (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.millardfamilychapels.com.