Louis Panagini

WILMINGTON - Louis Michael Panagini Jr., 96, died on Friday, November 12. Louis was born to Louis M. Panagini Sr. and Isabel E. Scalzo on October 9, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY. He had two older sisters, Dorothea Bellafiore and Ruth Bartos, and one younger brother, Robert.
Louis excelled in art, especially watercolor painting, calligraphy, and cartooning. He studied at the Art Students’ League in New York City. He worked in the art department, and later in management, for Deluxe Check Printers for 39 years. He taught watercolor painting for six years at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, NJ. He also spent two summers in Hangzhou, China at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, studying Chinese calligraphy and watercolor. He was a member of the Whisky Painters of America, a selective miniature watercolor society.
Louis met his first wife Betty (Moreland) in high school, in Tuxedo, NY. They were married on October 19, 1952 in Arden, NY, and God blessed them with one child, Susan. They lived in Montclair, Nutley, West Caldwell, and Columbus, NJ. Louis and Betty did everything together, traveling to three different continents to visit their daughter and family. Betty influenced Louis, making an incredible impact on his life, spiritually in his art ventures, and in their Vermont second home on Lake Raponda. Betty was his constant companion for 45 years. They provided a great example of a Christian marriage. Betty preceded Louis in death in 1998.
After Louis moved to Colorado Springs in 1999 to be near his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, he met and married his second wife, Shirley Oswald Schnobrich, on August 23, 1999. After 16 years of marriage, Shirley died in 2015.
Louis made an impression on all those who met him. His attentive and artistic manner inspired friendship with strangers and family alike. He was also keen to include others in his projects and was a teacher and mentor to many. He inspired others through his disciplined hard work, his humorous life stories and his lessons from the “school of hard knocks.” He loved to ask challenging questions. His repeated expressions were “less is more!” and “honor and acknowledge.”
Throughout his entire life, Louis was always very active, playing table tennis into his 90s. He was continually creating new art projects, using mediums that ranged from watercolor painting to woodworking, apple carving to restoring sap buckets, painting on clothing to painting furniture, and sign painting to cartooning. He loved the outdoors and taught others to love it too through long hours invested with his extended family in his forested properties in Wilmington and later in Divide, CO. Louis was a beekeeper, the president of the Essex County (NJ) Beekeepers Association, and had gardens of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. He extracted honey from his hives and processed it with his wife Betty. He gave hundreds of enthusiastic watercolor demonstrations at women’s clubs, garden clubs, and community organizations all over the New York City metropolitan area. He loved sharing his love of art with people and including them in his projects. Life was always an adventure with him.
For more information on his life, legacy, and history contact his children Susan Panagini McKiethen or Mark Panagini at mpanagini@comcast.net.

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