Frank John Paneno was born on May 4, 1936 in Los Angeles and passed away on March 2, 2013 in Santa Rosa at the age of 76, after a long and courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. Frank graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Animal Husbandry and continued his education at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, raising his family in La Crescenta. He was a law clerk for Edwards, Edwards & Ashton and later took a job as a hearing representative for Wausau Insurance Company. He retired in 1991 on his ranch in San Luis Obispo. Frank served in the Navy ROTC for four years and in the Marine Corps for five years and was honorably discharged in 1967. He was a member of the La Crescenta Sportsmen Club, American Legion Post 66, and the Central Coast Cutting Association, and he served on the Grand Jury for the County of San Luis Obispo, and the Animal Science Board at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His many hobbies included hunting, fishing, photography, horseback riding and snow skiing. In his retirement he enjoyed raising cattle and horses and competing in Cutting and Reining competitions with the Central Coast Cutting Association. With the diagnosis of PSP, Frank relocated to Santa Rosa to be closer to family. He was a parishioner of St. Rose Catholic Church. Frank's greatest joy was to spend time with his family and friends especially with his nine grandchildren. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Kathleen (Clarke), his three children and their spouses, Mary Rose and Carl Euphrat, John and Anne Paneno, and Christina and Patrick Benton and his nine grandchildren, Rebecca, Jeffrey, and Frankie Euphrat; Laura, Rose, Frank Anthony, and Johnny Paneno; and Heather and Ashley Benton. Frank is also survived by his loving sister and brother, Margaret Anne Maloof (Richard) and John "Jay" Paneno (Tania) and many friends, nieces, nephews, cousins and a large Sicilian family whom he dearly loved. A vigil Rosary will be held on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church. Donations in Frank's memory can be made to: UCSF Memory and Aging Centers, Attn: Sean Gallager for Frank Paneno, PO Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339 or to Sutter Care at Home, Cure PSP, or St. Rose Catholic Church. DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 707-525-3730
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 17 to Mar. 18, 2013