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1929 Joseph 2023

Joseph Panzitta

January 5, 1929 — August 29, 2023

Joseph Panzitta of Pollock Drive, Pittston, formerly of North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, died at home on Tuesday, August 29, 2023.

Born January 5, 1929 in Pittston he was a son of the late Dominick and Minnie Gentile Panzitta. In his youth, his family moved to Triple Springs Farm in Harding.

A 1946 West Pittston High School graduate, Joe continued his education at Bucknell Junior College, Wilkes-Barre. He was associated with his father in the anthracite coal business and later founded Panzitta Enterprises, Incorporated, a general contracting firm, where he served as president until his retirement in 1994.

In retirement, Joe took great pride in his farm in Harding, generously giving away vegetables to family and friends.

Joe was an Irem Temple Motor Corps member, where he excelled at the slow race. He received the Paul Harris Fellow award from the Wilkes-Barre and Plains Rotary Clubs and was a member of the Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre.

Joe and his wife Rose Marie were supporters of many local civic and charitable organizations, including King's College, Wilkes University, Wyoming Valley Children's Association, and Osterhout Library. Most recently, they established the Joseph and Rose Marie Panzitta Nursing Education Scholarship at Geisinger Community Medical Center.

Joe was preceded in death by his son, Michael, and siblings, Mary Mack, George, and David Panzitta.

Surviving is his wife of 67 years, the former Rose Marie Montone; children Mary and husband Michael Rosto, Bear Creek; Joseph and wife Paula, Harding; James and wife Colleen, Dallas; John and wife Sandra, Lehman; and Ann and husband Anthony Bartolacci, Palmer; sister Dolores Fielding, Saint Croix, US Virgin Islands, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Celebration of Joe's Life takes place Thursday, August 31, 2023, with visitation from 5 to 8 PM at McLaughlin's, 142 South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre.

The interment will be private.

Donations to your favored charity are preferred and will honor Joe's memory.

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