ENOSBURG FALLS – Ronald J. Panko, age 85, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at the Brownway Residence in Enosburg Falls.
He was born in Binghamton, NY on May 16, 1935 to the late John and Pauline (Lazarck) Panko.
Ronald graduated from Newark High School and after graduation joined the Navy where he spent the majority of his enlistment on a submarine. He married Dorothy Liz McDermott on July 5, 1958 and together raised two children, Stephen and Missy. Ronald worked for the K-Mart corporation as a store manager for over 48 years, and in 2007 happily retired. Ronald was an active member of the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in West Virginia where he served as an usher and President of the Order of The Holy Name. He enjoyed watching the History Channel, the Weather Channel, MASH, and reading books about war stories. His grandchildren will remember his never-ending stash of snacks and sweets, and his witty sense of humor; they shared a special bond in his later years.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Liz Panko of Enosburgh, son, Steven Panko of Enosburgh, and daughter, Missy Panko and her significant other Scott Archer of Weirton, WV. He also leaves behind grandchildren, Christopher Panko and his wife Kayla of Fairfax, Alicia Panko and her significant other Chris of Bakersfield, Sarah Panko and her significant other, Jordan, of Enosburgh, and Joseph Panko of Johnson. He also leaves behind great-grandchildren, Vanessa, Marissa, Dagan, Sullivan, Kaylynn, Adrian, and Gavin; twin sister, Johanna Maples; and nephews, Richard and Gary Maples. Ronald also shared a special bond with Marguerite Panko and her sons, David, Jesse, Nicholas, and James.
Besides his parents, Ronald was predeceased by his beloved grandson Daniel Panko.
A Life Celebration will be held in the spring.
For those who wish, contributions in Ronald’s memory may be made to Brownway Residence, 328 School Street, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450 and/or Franklin County Home Health- Hospice Program, 3 Home Health Cir # 1, St. Albans City, VT 05478.