John P. Pannell

September 22, 2019 Kennett Square. PA "Jack"

John “Jack” P. Pannell, age 83 of Kennett Square, PA, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2019 at his residence following a brief illness. Jack was the husband of his high school sweetheart, Rita Donohoe Pannell, who passed in August of 2009 after 51 years of marriage.

Jack was the son of the late Carl J. Pannell and the late Janette Vanore Pannell.

After graduating from Kennett High School in 1954, John enlisted in the Unites States Navy and proudly served our country from 1955 to 1957. Jack then worked for the United States Postal Service from 1957 to 1997. Jack also worked at Longwood Gardens from 1997 to 2007 up until his retirement.

Jack was a lifetime member of the Kennett Fire Company and a Civil Service Committee Member for the Borough of Kennett Square. He was also a parishioner of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he served as an usher for many years.

Jack loved to vacation with his family at the beach and go out to breakfast with friends. Jack was a huge sports fan and was always rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and the Phillies. He also enjoyed reading and watching his black and white Westerns. Jack loved growing up and living in Kennett Square and was proud to call it his home.

Jack had a fantastic sense of humor. He was jovial and always a pleasure to be around. Jack’s kindness and fun-loving attitude will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Jack is survived by his son, Jeffrey Pannell and his wife Linda, along with their son, Chris; his daughter, Donna Novak and her husband Craig, along with their children, Amanda, Lauren, Kristen and Kyle; his daughter, Robin Davis and her husband Jeffrey, and their children Morgan and Austin; his daughter, Marsha Melton and her husband Richard, along with their children, Jack and Justin; his sister, Ginger Wolfe; as well as seven great grandchildren, Charlotte, Alexa, Savannah, Olivia, Adrianna, Kevin Jr., and Natalie.

A Funeral Mass for Jack will be held at 10:00AM on Friday, September 27, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Interment will be private.

Jack’s family kindly asks in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions in his memory be made to the Kennett Fire Company, 301 Dalmatian Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.

Message from the Family

We thank you for your support during this difficult time.
Please share with us your fond memories of Jack.

Memorial Donations

Kennett Fire Company

301 Dalmatian Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


Funeral Mass

September 27, 2019 10:00AM St. Patrick Catholic Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348




  1. To Jack’s Family,
    I am very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing and sorry I wasn’t able to make it to the mass today but everyone is in my thoughts and prayers. He was such a nice person and will be missed by all that knew him. May he rest in peace.
    Margaret Pennington

    Margaret Pennington | September 27, 2019 at 10:57 AM
  2. Jeff, Donna, Robin, and Marsha – I am very sorry to hear about your Dad. What a kind and wonderful man he was, We (the Scott family) have so many wonderful memories of growing up in Stenning Hills. Now your dad and sweet and lovely Mom are re-united once again. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers
    Judi Scott Ciemania

    Judith S Ciemania | September 27, 2019 at 8:53 AM
  3. I am so very sorry to hear of Jackie’s passing. The minute I heard that your Dad passed away I thought of wonderful memories of our Dads working at the post office and our families growing up together in Stenning Hills . Keep his memory in your heart as I know they will put a smile on your face. He is now united with your beautiful Mom. I’m sure my Dad was be happy to see him! God bless you and our prayers to you all during this difficult time. RIP Jackie.

    Eileen McDonough Taylor | September 27, 2019 at 7:48 AM
  4. Dear Donna
    So sorry for your loss!! May the God of all comfort ease your pain and help you remember the love and fun times and bring you peace as you wait to see him again. John 5 28&29 offer such a comfort for the future. Peace to you an your family. Tokei Barrett Huggins

    Tokei Huggins | September 26, 2019 at 9:36 PM
  5. Jeff and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your father. Jack was a very nice man, and raised a great family. He will be sadly missed by many. God Bless you all.
    Love & Prayers
    Bob & Sandy

    Bob Masten | September 26, 2019 at 8:04 PM
  6. Jack always made me laugh. Even when I think I annoyed him driving by with my loud music he still smiled and said something funny to me.

    There’s not many left in the hills. From our family (the DiProspero’s) to yours we will always cherish the memories, and values our parents and neighbors gave us. Wishing all the Pannell family peace and comfort in the passing of your Dad.

    Diane and Jeff Brittingham | September 26, 2019 at 4:23 PM
  7. Dear Donna, Jeff, Robin and Marsha, I am so sorry to hear of Jackies passing. He will be sadly missed. He was a good and funny guy who loved his family. I worked with Jackie back in the 50s at what at that time was J.R, HOSCH department store in the center of town. He was Mr. Hosch’ handy man. I was a clerk at that time and we would close up at 6 . While waiting for my ride home Jack would entertain us by high jumping the parking meters. Jumping over one then another one. I will never forget that and often think of that to this day. He kept us all laughing. May he rest in peace and love.

    Boojie Pannell Medon | September 26, 2019 at 12:09 PM
  8. Your words described your father perfectly. I will always remember his kind smile. He was such a gentleman who truly loved his family. I will miss seeing him at St. Pat’s♥️ I will be thinking of you all and I pray that your memories of your incredible father will bring peace and comfort in the days ahead.

    Chrissy Wolfe | September 26, 2019 at 6:31 AM
  9. Dear Pannell Family,
    Jack was the nicest man and truly one of a kind. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Find comfort & peace that he was reunited with your beautiful mom. ❤️

    Pam Brittingham (Cox) | September 25, 2019 at 3:03 PM
  10. Jack was one of a kind! I never knew a kinder soul! He will truly be missed! My thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family who are just the same! RIP Jack! I know Rita is in her glory with you once again! I can hear her calling you! Jackie!!! ❤️

    Kathleen Tavoni | September 25, 2019 at 10:36 AM
  11. Dear Donna, Jeff, Robin, and Marsha,

    I am so sorry to be unable to attend the Mass on Friday. I love you all from the bottom of my
    heart. Jackie(as we all referred to him) was the nicest man. He always had a twinkle in his eye. I loved his post office stories- who would think funny stuff would happen there? Your mom and dad are forever reunited. I hope that brings you comfort and blessing.
    God bless you all.

    Rhonda Molin | September 25, 2019 at 10:30 AM
  12. Our lives have been entwined with the Pannells for over 37 years when our son Craig married his lovely wife Donna Pannell .There family was so special and wonderful .Jack was a quiet man ,gentle and sweet .we shared many occasions together more recently the birth of our great grandchildren…💕we will miss this sweet man .Jack Rest In Peace ,be with Rita,and your mom. Our sympathy to the entire family .They loved him so much .Nancy and Eb Novak

    Nancy Novak | September 25, 2019 at 8:50 AM
  13. Dear Pannell Family, so sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. He was such a great guy, always had a smile on his face and always had time for a “hello”. With deepest sympathy, Elaine Fiore.

    Elaine Fiore | September 25, 2019 at 8:10 AM
  14. A man whom is known by Jesus is a man whom will feast at HIS table.
    May we all see the day to be in HIS presence as well…
    God Bless. 77

    Francisco Roman | September 25, 2019 at 5:13 AM
  15. Dear Jeff, Donna, Marsha, Robin & families.
    It was a pleasure working with your Dad at the post office. He always had a smile on his face & something funny to say. Gave good hugs too if you had a bad day. I know he missed your Mom, so they are now together again. All your great memories will keep them with you always. Lil ❤️❤️😢😢

    Lillian Ryan | September 24, 2019 at 11:10 PM
  16. Jack was a great man. Fond memories of him at the post office and “passing the basket “ at church!

    Nick & barb Perigo | September 24, 2019 at 7:26 PM
  17. Donna, Jeff, Robin and Marsha, your family has been friends of my family for generations, I am sorry for you all to lose yet another family member. Your father would always stop and chat with that friendly smile and warm heart. I send my condolences from the entire Cramer Family and the Class of 1977. May God comfort you in knowing that your Dad and your family is loved. God bless you all

    Norris Cramer | September 24, 2019 at 6:54 PM
  18. I have so many great memories of “Big Jack” while I was growing up. He was alway pulling my chain or joking around. When he would get mad, I would run for the hills and let Jeff deal with the consequences of our misadventures. I saw him as the ultimate family man. You could see the crazy love he had for Rita and the kids. It was right out there all the time. My heart, love and prayers are with all of you – Butchem

    Walt Thompson | September 24, 2019 at 6:09 PM
  19. Uncle Jack had a full and contented life that was full of laughter. He was a good, honest, hardworking, kind man. He will Rest In Peace with family and friends who passed before him. 🙏❤️🇨🇮

    Noel Benson | September 24, 2019 at 3:39 PM
  20. Jeff,Donna,MarshaandRobin and family’s… so very sorry about your Dad.. Such a nice man. Your family is in my prayers🙏🙏. Lolly Miller

    Lolly miller | September 24, 2019 at 2:44 PM
  21. To Jack’s Children and their Families,
    Please accept my sincerest condolences at your Dad’s passing. I will keep you in my
    thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Jack was such a kind and caring man, he will be missed.
    Love to all,

    Irmgard Devon | September 24, 2019 at 2:30 PM
  22. Jeff, Donna, Robin and Marsha and families. So very sorry for your loss. I will remember Jack in my thoughts and prayers. Joan Hoffman

    Joan E. Hoffman | September 24, 2019 at 1:07 PM
  23. With Deepest Sympathy on your loss.

    Sisina | September 24, 2019 at 12:14 PM
  24. Jeff, Donna, Robin & Marsha and their families. I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that although you dad is gone he will forever live in your heart. I heard may stories from my dad (Skip) and the trouble they all got into!! Your dad was a great man and will be greatly missed. Prayers for peace and comfort to all of you.

    Robyn (Pannell) Welsh | September 24, 2019 at 11:59 AM

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