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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Edward Panke

Edward William Panke

March 24, 1932 - June 8, 2020
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Edward W. Panke, age 88, passed away of natural causes on June 8, 2020 at Meadowbrook of Granby. He was the beloved husband of Geraldine (Greco) Panke. Ed was born on March 24, 1932 to William E. and Harriet (Harlow) Panke. He was a graduate of Canton High School, Class of 1950. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and attained the rank of Sergeant. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious service and the Combat Infantry Badge. Ed attended Morse Business School and worked in insurance for many years. He then became Co-Owner of a driving school in Bristol. Ed and his wife, Gerry, spent many enjoyable winters in Vero Beach, FL, spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed many years volunteering at the McLean Home and ushering at the First Church of Christ in Simsbury.

He leaves his wife Gerry, one sister, Barbara (Panke) Henry of Florida and three wonderful nephews, Greg, Mark and Eric and their families.

At Ed’s request, there will be no calling hours and burial will be private. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489 or to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Gerry wishes to thank the staff at Meadowbrook for their dedication to Ed and for the kindness shown to Ed and Gerry. The Vincent Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements. Please visit Ed’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.comfor online tributes.
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    Collinsville, CT 06022
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Paula Krutzky

Posted at 12:07pm
I was saddened to hear of Ed's passing. I will miss sitting next to him and church and seeing his cheerful smile. My sincere sympathy to Gerry and his family. He was a wonderful and kind man.

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Posted at 05:47pm
Hi Gerry,it is the Harvey Raisners from Florida,who want to express our condolences.. If I remember correctly, you did the same to us on the passing of our son, Adam.

Patty Dudley

Posted at 12:08pm
Dear Gerry, I am so sorry to learn of your husband Edward's passing. It's hard to believe four people that I knew from Stratton Forest have passed away - Alda Newmann, Irene Allen, your husband Edward and my husband Edward. Please know your Edward is now free of sickness. May he rest in peace. He is now cradled in God's loving arms. My prayers are with you. Love, Patty Dudley

Jane Penfield

Posted at 08:04pm
Dear Mrs. Panke (Gerry),
I don’t expect you to remember me, but I was one of your Algebra 2 students at Conard, class of ‘72. I was in your class at the time of your marriage to Ed and wrote an article about it for the school newspaper. Pease accept my sympathy on the loss of your husband. Although it was 50 years ago, I remember our conversation and the command you had in the classroom. I just wanted you to know that you were one of my favorites. I am so sorry for your loss, and send my warmest regards.
Jane Penfield

Richard Briggie

Posted at 06:58pm
Sorry for your loss.

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