Nicholas J. "Gopher" Panella

Aug. 19, 1929 - April 10, 2008

Nicholas J. "Gopher" Panella of Waukesha died peacefully at his home with his family at his side Thursday, April 10, 2008, at the age of 78. Nick was born Aug. 19, 1929 in Waukesha.

A memorial Mass will be scheduled at a later date.

Nick is lovingly remembered and will be deeply missed by his wife, Joanne, of 52 years; children, Richard (Kimberly) Panella of Genesee Depot, Laura Panella of Waukesha, Donna (Daniel) Schutte of Genesee and Nick (Marcia) Panella of Mukwonago; grandchildren, Tony and Steven Schutte, Nicole Panella, Danielle Panella, Raechel and Erika Panella; sister, Joanne Riley of Waukesha; sister-in-law, Paula Panella of Waukesha; brother-in-law, Rocco Caracci of Waukesha; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Nick was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas Sr. and Rose (Scrima) Panella; brother, Patrick Panella; and two sisters, Nettie Kruck and Lena Caracci.

A special thanks is extended by the family to Yvonne Comacho and Maria from Companion Care; Dr. Ashish Verma and his staff; Jenny Langdon, registered nurse from Rolland Nelson Crossroads Hospice; and to ARC Angels Senior Home Care for their love, support and care of our family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Nick’s name are appreciated to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186 or Rolland Nelson Crossroads Hospice, 1020 James Drive, Suite E, Hartland, WI 53029.

"Doo Dee Doo Dee Doo Dee Doo"

The Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609 or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.