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Louis Michael Panagini, Jr.

 October 9, 1925 - November 12, 2021



Louis Michael Panagini, Jr. passed away on November 12, 2021 at the age of 96.


Louis was born to Louis M. Panagini, Sr. and Isabel E. Scalzo on October 9, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York. He had two older sisters, Dorothea Bellafiore and Ruth Bartos and one younger brother, Robert. Louis excelled in art, especially watercolor painting, calligraphy and cartooning. He studied at the Art Students’ League in New York City. He worked in the Art Department, and later in Management, for Deluxe Check Printers for 39 years. He taught watercolor painting for six years at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey. He also spent two summers in Hangzhou, China at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, studying Chinese calligraphy and watercolor. He was a member of Whisky Painters of America, a selective miniature watercolor society.


Louis met his first wife Betty (Moreland) in high school, in Tuxedo, NY. They were married on October 19, 1952 in Arden, NY, and God blessed them with one child, Susan. They lived in Montclair, Nutley, West Caldwell, and Columbus, New Jersey. Louis and Betty did everything together, traveling to three different continents to visit their daughter and family. Betty influenced Louis making an incredible impact on his life, spiritually, in his art ventures, in their Vermont second home, and as his constant companion for forty-five years. “Betty and Lou” provided a great example of a Christian marriage. Betty preceded Louis in death, passing away in 1998.


After Louis moved to Colorado Springs in 1999 to be near his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, he met and married his second wife, Shirley Oswald Schnobrich on August 23, 1999. After 16 years of marriage, Shirley passed away in 2015.


Louis made an impression on all those who met him. His attentive and artistic manner inspired friendship with strangers and family alike. He was also keen to include others in his projects and was a teacher and mentor to many. He inspired others through his disciplined hard work, his humorous life stories and his lessons from the “school of hard knocks.” He loved to ask challenging questions. Two of his repeated expressions were “less is more” and “honor and acknowledge.”


Throughout his entire life, Louis was always very active, playing table tennis into his 90’s. He was continually creating new art projects, using mediums that ranged from watercolor painting to woodworking, apple carving to restoring sap buckets, painting on clothing to painting furniture, and sign painting to cartooning. He loved the outdoors and taught others to love it too through long hours invested with his extended family in his forested properties in Wilmington, Vermont and later in Divide, Colorado. Louis was a beekeeper, the President of the Essex County (NJ) Beekeepers Association, and had gardens of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. He extracted honey from his hives and processed it with his wife, Betty. He gave hundreds of enthusiastic watercolor demonstrations at women’s clubs, garden clubs, and community organizations all over the New York City metropolitan area. He loved sharing his love of art with people and including them in his projects. Life was always an adventure with him. 


Louis was a strong Catholic all of his life and frequently joined with his family in ministry and church activities. He faithfully attended church all of his 96 years and was known by every priest, pastor, and missionary he had the chance to meet.


He is survived by his sister, Dorothea, his daughter Susan (Tim), his two grandchildren, Julie, and David (Keila), his nephews and nieces, and a multitude of others whom he always considered part of his family and who lovingly considered him like family.


A service remembering Louis Panagini will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 2pm (CT).  All are invited. Church Address: 11811 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114. The service will be livestreamed at:  / KC First Church of the Nazarene / watch / KC First Church of the Nazarene



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Edward Cecil Cook Nov 15 ,2021

Long time friend and brother in Christ ,Batavia ,Illinois

I shall miss him.

Robert Casella Nov 15 ,2021

Rest In Peace…you are in a better place now.

Christopher Bartos Nov 15 ,2021

Nephew ,Malvern ,Pennsylvania

A man of inspiration who inspired many. God bless you, Lou. I am sure God has taken you to his heart already

Frances Fuller Nov 16 ,2021

Susan, Will and I are so sorry for your loss. We are lifting you and your family up in prayer. Frances Fuller

Liliana Rado Nov 16 ,2021

Fue un honor conocer a Louis, escuchar algunas de sus tantas historias y verlo impactar la vida de la familia en general. Oro por Susan y Tim que lo han acompañado, cuidado y asistido con tanto amor hasta el último minuto. Oro por sus nietos Julie y David (Keila) que indudablemente sentirán su falta pero disfrutan de un legado precioso de su abuelito querido.

Vincent Bellafiore Nov 16 ,2021

nephew ,Staten Island, NYC ,New York

Condolences on the passing of my favorite uncle. Lou enjoyed life and was a wonderful role model. Generous, caring, and always of good humor. May his soul, and those of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

Eileen Fuller Nov 17 ,2021

cousin ,Arlington ,Texas

Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. As one only child to another, I have such an understanding of the bond you share with your parents. My dad and I are praying for you and your kids especially. Please know we love you. Eileen

Kathy Steinberg Nov 17 ,2021

Friend ,Southampton ,New Jersey

My condolences to you Susan and your wonderful family. I loved hearing Betty and Lou talk about your family during your overseas missionary adventures. They missed you and your children so much. My kids and I were able to soak up that love over the years at St Andrew’s church in Columbus. We were like family for about 7 years before Lou moved out west. They were great “grandparents “ to my kids who had lost all of their own. They were wonderful people whom I’ll always remember and carry close in my heart. Love to you all!! Kathy

Lou Nov 20 ,2021

Nephew ,Maui ,Hawaii

Susan, Tim, Julie and David, Thank you for sharing your wonderful service with us all today! Uncle Lou’s vitality, humor, the twinkle in his eye and his genuine interest in all of us, were great gifts of love. His smile was a doorway to laughter and wonder, and we all loved him freely in return. All of our love to you, and to our dearly loved Uncle Lou, in his transition to the Light