Thomas William Panunto, PhD
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Thomas William Panunto, PhD, 54, of Emmaus, died on Thursday, July 18, 2013, surrounded by his family, in his home. He was the husband of Mary Margaret Mitzy Cullen. The couple would have celebrated 28 years of marriage on September 7. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Virginia (Graham) Panunto of Philadelphia and the late William J. Panunto. Tom earned his Doctorate from the University of Minnesota, received his masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and graduated from Drexel University. He and his wife were the co-owners of Saladworks in Broomall PA. Previously, he was employed by Air Products and Chemicals in Trexlertown for 22 years until 2009. Tom loved dogs, enjoyed baseball, gardening, and Japan. One of his favorite experiences was trimming trees at the Imperial Palace in Japan. Survivors: Wife; mother; children, Antonio T. Panunto of Philadelphia, Francesca T. Panunto of Honolulu, HI, Dominic T. Panunto, and Bianca T. Z Panunto, both of Emmaus; siblings, Susan Bush, Robert Panunto, Michael Panunto, and Christine Whittall. Services: Memorial, 6 p.m., Friday, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 225 Elm Street, Emmaus. A visitation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., Friday in the funeral home. A picnic will follow the service at the family home. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org the number who plan to attend the picnic. Bring your glove and have a catch! Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lehigh County Humane Society, 640 Dixon Street, Allentown, PA 18103 or the Major League Baseball RBI program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).
Published in Morning Call on July 21, 2013