Lawrence ‘Larry’ C. Panozzo, one of Illinois’ longest-serving funeral directors, dead at 91

May 03, 2021 138

BY: Maureen O'Donnell

When 10-year-old Larry Panozzo started helping out at his family’s funeral business, he’d cart portable kneelers and chairs into customers’ homes because that’s where wakes often were held. He went on to be one of the longest-serving funeral directors in Illinois.

Mr. Panozzo, a member of the second generation to operate 95-year-old Panozzo Brothers Funeral Home, died of heart trouble April 22 at his home in Flossmoor, according to his son Michael Panozzo. He was 91.

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