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Obituary for Kenneth J Genawese

Kenneth James Genawese, 56, of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2023, after a period of declining health.

Born in Goucester, MA, he was the son of Donna Woodworth Barrett and the late Salvatore James Genawese. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Glynnis Barrett Crane. Kenny was of the Catholic faith, loved to cook and fish. He worked as a chef for many years.

In addition to his mother, Donna Woodworth Barrett of Englewood, FL, he is survived by his wife of 21 years, Patricia Nowak Lee; brother, Charles Genawese of San Diego, CA; sister, Renee Marie Lazlo of Franklin, NC; and two special nieces, Donna English and Cassie Reilly. Also surviving are numerous other nieces, nephews, and family members.

A celebration of life will be a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue, PO Box 81, Franklin, NC 28744 or the animal shelter of one’s choice.

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Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.