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“My deepest sympathy to Joan and family. I grew up next door to" Richie" and his family and have fond memories of the good old days in Sharpsburg. ...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Fran (Ferraro) Hensel - Gibsonia, PA

“So many wonderful memories I’ll cherish. Hopefully Rich and Dad are sitting together deep into a poker game, laughing, smoking cigars and...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Carma Rey Klaja - Friend

“To the family I offer my deepest sympathies. Mr. Panza was one of the kindest people I've had the pleasure knowing. The whole family is a reflection...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: John Raum (Lakatos) - CA - Friend

“Dear Joan and Family,I was very sorry to read of Rich's passing. He was a good man, dedicated to his family and his community. I got to know him in...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Larry Dunn Dunn, former Allegheny County Commissioner - PA

“Our deepest sympathy to Joan and her family on the passing of Rich. He was a life long friend and classmate. May God be with all of you during the...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Joe & Elaine Kolc - Sharpsburg, PA

“Dear Panza Family,May the Love of Friends and Family carry you through this grief. Mr. Panza was a Kind and Gentle man. He was always easy to talk to...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Diane (Vita) Scott - Friend

“Jody and Richie gave me my first job. How lucky for me - a pretty naïve and dumb kid, I couldn’t have worked for better people. I will...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Mara O'Neill - Pittsburgh, PA

“So sorry to hear about your Dad, Holly. My Condolences. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Paula Volkman - Pittsburgh, PA

“Joan and Family,So sorry to read of Rich's passing. Growing up in Sharpsburg and living on Middle Street in my younger days I always remember Rich...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Peter Ferraro - Port Charlotte

“Such a good man. He helped more than a few people out of a pinch, including me as a teenager. I saw him a few times over the years...and nothing...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Michael Ferraro - PA - Friend

“My condolences to the Panza family for the loss of a dear husband, father and grandfather. A kind man with an ever so kind family. ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Greg Bier - Arlington, TX

“The world lost another great man. My deepest sympathy to the Panza family. Love you all. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Hyatt

“Rich and I grew up together he was a good friend we had many good times and laughs together I know god has a special place for a speciAl man ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Lou marsico

“You will be missed. Rich was one of a kind. A gentle giant. The one you could always go to for anything. He was dedicated to his family far and near...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Cindy Drissel - Cinnaminson, NJ

“My sincerest condolences to the Panza family. Just a great person, father, and public servant. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Dan Garripoli

“My deepest condolences go out the the entire Panza family. May he R.I.P. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Susan Smith - St. Louis, MO

“Sending prayers and condolences for the family! May God bless and comfort you all in your loss! ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Rhonda Cummings Cummings - PA

“RIP Richie ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Sharon Tarasi - Pittsburgh, PA


Age 84 of Sharpsburg, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 6 at home surrounded by family.
He was the doting husband of Joan (Banachoski) for 63 years. Loving father of Richard Panza (Bev), Holly Panza, April Bear (Bear), Julie Humble (Shane), and his beloved daughters Bonnie Bokor (Steve) and Robin Panza (Norm Suwalski) who passed away far too soon and he is joyfully reunited with. Deeply admired grandfather of Victoria and Tre Panza, Crystal Ohm (Brandon), Bobby Matthews (Danielle), Michael Matthews (Heather), Cody Matthews, Brandi Justice (Jeff), Brandon Bear, Tysen, Devyn, Grayden and Westyn Humble. Adored great grandfather of Max, Ori, Myles and Gabriella.
He attended Stetson University, playing football and basketball, his only time living away from his favorite town (and lady). A master of all things yet everyone's equal. An entrepreneur and man of service. Former policeman, councilman, and mayor for 60+years. Owner of several businesses, most notedly Expert Window Cleaning which is celebrating 60 years of business. He always worked hard to support his family. A friend of every waiter/waitress and passerby, he talked to everyone he crossed paths with. He wanted to know their story and in turn share his (along with some corny or off-colored jokes). Strong, kind, compassionate, caring...always putting the needs of others before his own. He will be so deeply missed! We are forever thankful to have had him as the rock and mentor in our lives and will cherish every memory.
Friends received Friday Noon - 9 pm at Worrell Funeral Home, Inc., Sharpsburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Juan Diego Parish in Madonna of Jerusalem Church on Saturday at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to Roots of Faith, 800 Main St. Sharpsburg, PA 15215.