David J. Panunti Sr.
FUNERAL HOME
Baloga Funeral Home, Inc.
1201 Main Street
Pittston, PA

DUPONT — David J. Panunti Sr., 72, of Dupont, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. He and his wife, Bernadine "Bernie" Panunti, celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on May 9, 2021.

Born in Pittston, he was a son of the late Joseph and Nettie Occhiato Panunti. He was educated in the Pittston Area schools. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Mideast Aluminum, Mountain Top.

Dave's happiest moments were surrounded by his family where he would often be heard saying, "Life is Good!" One of his last family trips was captaining a pontoon at Lake Wallenpaupack filled with his wife, children and grandchildren on a perfect summer day. This day, like most days is in his last years, was filled with his infectious laughter and ear-to-ear, mustache-rimmed smile.

Dave was also an avid outdoorsmen and loved hunting, fishing and boating. His truck was always stocked with the proper gear and equipment for a quick trip to Lake Winola or a cruise down the Susquehanna.

When Dave wasn't enjoying time with his family or the outdoors, you could always find him tinkering away at some project. He took great pride in doing all sorts of handyman tasks at his home and his children's home.

His love of a bargain and stubborn belief that everything has at least two or three life cycles often led to many uncomfortable family discussions. He would stop any of us from buying something for a home project or outdoor adventure because he was sure he had the exact item in the basement or the shed, or the other shed. If he didn't have the item we needed, he could fix anything with a roll of electrical tape, some perfectly good wood from the pile out back, and the wisdom that comes from years of hard work and perseverance for the ones he loved.

The world is a quieter place today without his jolly laughter and love-filled guidance and advice.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, David Panunti Jr. and fiancée, Rita Kuchta, and Michael Panunti and wife, Sarah; daughter, Brandy Panunti and partner, Lauri Wild; granddaughter, Francesca Panunti; step grandchildren, Jake Zelenak and Calvin Zinn; brother, Robert Panunti and wife, Cheryl; sister, Theresa Panunti; nieces and nephews; and his dogs, Lilly and Lucca.

He was reunited with his best friend, his dog, Annie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, in Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, 535 N. Main St., Pittston, to be celebrated by Fr. Paul McDonnell, O.S.J. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at the church from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to One Life to Live Pet Rescue, 1721 Olive St., Scranton, PA 18510, or to Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Baloga Funeral Home Inc., 1201 Main St., Pittston (Port Griffith). To send an online condolence, please visit www.balogafuneralhome.com.


Published by Times Leader from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25, 2021.
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Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish
535 N. Main St., Pittston, PA
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I read this obituary the other day. It for some reason was stuck in my mind! Firstly, I think 51 years of marriage is amazing! And even more so because it is so clear how much his family knew & loved him. I just had to read it again tonight(even though I can admit I originally only clicked on it because I was incredibly intrigued by his mustache!) May he Rest In Peace as his loved ones find joy in the memories. He seems like a true blessing.
Caitlin Dougherty Garvin
Other
November 2, 2021
Dear Bernie and family we are so sorry for your loss. God bless!
Ed and Ann Marie Romanko
October 28, 2021
"Make sure your father pays you enough to cut the grass" - David´s last words to me. Wish we could have gone fishing just one last time buddy. I´ll love and miss you forever Don´t catch too many fish up there without me
Matt Stepanski
Family
October 27, 2021
My condolences to Dave´s family.Dave was a great guy both in the workplace and outside of work we worked together for many years and he was a longtime friend we had a blast especially the fishing trips we took together.he will be greatly missed by all
Ronnie lieback
Friend
October 27, 2021
Dave and family. I´m so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Please accept my sincerest condolences. I wish the best for you and your family during this difficult time.
Jude Leibman
Other
October 26, 2021
My sympathy to the Panunti family. I am so sorry for your loss.
christine leibman
October 26, 2021
The world lost a great man
Mike Grady
October 25, 2021
Bernie and family please accept my sincere sympathies on Dave's passing. We loved seeing both of you at PA Class of 67 parties. It was a pleasure knowing him.
Ellen Scatena
Friend
October 25, 2021
Bernie, so sorry for the loss of David! Please accept our sincere condolences for you and your beautiful family. May God give you strength now and always. Eternal memory and may he rest in peace.
Pat Zelenowski
Other
October 25, 2021
Bernie I´m so sorry to here about David, I´ll never forget the times we had working together and what he thought me. RIP Cuz
Joe Occhiato
Family
October 25, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. Dave was a bright ray of sunshine in every room he entered. I will never forget the fun he had at Mardi Gras, meeting and greeting strangers like they were family. He will be missed!!
Laurianne Wild
October 25, 2021
Laurianne Wild
October 25, 2021
My prayers and condolences go out to the family. I did have the pleasure of working and fishing with Dave. What a great person
Russ Geisinger
Work
October 25, 2021
Dave so sorry for the passing of your dad prayers are with you and your family
Louise Starzec
Other
October 24, 2021
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