Michael Panzarella
1956 - 2018
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1956 - 2018
Michael Gerard Panzarella passed away in San Antonio, Texas, on July 16, 2018, at the age of 62. An extraordinary legal mind; a wonderful, Puckish brother; a doggedly loyal friend; and a generous and humane San Antonio citizen; Michael's most proud role was as a father. Michael was born and raised in Smithfield, Rhode Island. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island. Michael served in the United States Army. He spent the majority of his service working at the Pentagon in Army Intelligence. After his service, Michael attended the University of San Diego School of Law, where he made law review. Michael practiced law in San Antonio from 1984 until the time of his death. He specialized in complex real-estate and business transactions. During his career, Michael also authored and presented several continuing legal education articles for legal seminars. Despite his vaunted legal acumen, Michael should be no less professionally remembered for his generosity; and, not just to family and friends, but to many strangers. Few knew of the great number of pro bono legal matters he handled over his long career. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matthew 25:40 Michael married Terri Schwope in 1992. The marriage produced the two most important people in his life, his children Brandon and Madison.
Infinitely curious, Michael was an avid reader, a gourmet cook of Italian dishes, a grand prankster, a proud family man, and a passionate optimist who worked to improve that part of the world he could repair. Michael and his family enjoyed many summer vacations in New England visiting family and friends and staying by the ocean. He especially loved fishing with Brandon and Madison. He was like no other, before or after. He will be profoundly, lovingly missed. He is survived by his children Brandon Antonio Panzarella and Madison Gillianna Panzarella; his brothers Andrew Panzarella and Patrick Panzarella; and sisters, Mariann Impagliazzo, JoAnn Metcalf, Angela Tremmel, Meg Ward, Becky Panzarella and Cheryl Panzarella. Michael is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents Liborio W. Panzarella and Blanche F. Panzarella; and his brothers James Frances Panzarella and Joseph Panzarella.


Friends and family are welcome to attend a service to be held on Friday, July 20, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., at the Little Church of La Villita, 418 Villita St., Ste 13, San Antonio, TX 78205.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael's name to SA Clubhouse. Checks may be mailed to: San Antonio Clubhouse, 6851 Citizens Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78229.

Donations may also be made through their website: www.saclubhouse.org.

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Published in San Antonio Express-News on Jul. 18, 2018.
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July 19, 2018
Condolences to the Panzarella family.
Peggy Sanders
Peggy Sanders
July 18, 2018
Patrick and family,

I'm praying for you all during this sad time. I know how important family is to you. May the Lord comfort and bring joy in all your memories.
Trudie Elmer
July 18, 2018
Our sincerest condolences to the family. We share your sorrow. We remember Michael's animated personality, always bringing a smile to our conversations. His Italian Wedding Soup was special to us and we will always remember him.
Bud Ward Joe Rebel
July 18, 2018
Rhode Island
I'm so very sorry to hear about Michael's passing. I worked for him for 12 years and not only was he a great boss, but I was treated like part of the family. Prayers to all.
July 18, 2018
Becky and family,

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother, Michael. From the stories I have heard, he was a wonderful brother, father and friend. My deepest sympathies to all of you for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Robin Domonte
July 17, 2018
In loving memory of a very special friend. My love and condolences to Michael's family - especially to Brandon and Madison. So sorry you have lost your wonderful father and this amazing man much too soon. Love you both, Granny Stewart
Linda Stewart
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