Joseph Panzera, Jr.

Mr. Joseph Panzera, Jr.

Jan 07, 1925 - Feb 10, 2020
Charleston, WV

Mr. Joseph Panzera, Jr.

Jan 07, 1925 - Feb 10, 2020
Charleston, WV


Joseph Panzera, Jr., 95 of Charleston, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020.

Joe was born in Red Jacket, Mingo County the son of the late Giuseppe and Anna Genoese Panzera, who originated from Motta San Giovanni, Italy.

He was raised in McDowell County, moved to Belfry where he graduated high school, went to work in Hagerstown, MD on a deferment for Fairchild Aircraft, then to Akron at Firestone Tire and Keebbe Co.

Joe then joined the US Army Air Corp., serving as an upper turret gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress until he was discharged in 1945.

Upon his service completion, he made his way to Wheeling, where he graduated from Wheeling Barber College.

Joe started his professional career as a barber in 1948, working at the Daniel Boone Hotel, Charleston before buying the Drive-In Barber Shop, Kanawha City in 1956, where he worked, owned and operated that business for 50 years.

He loved the Big Band Era music, playing the violin and golf.

Joe was a family man at heart.  The people who know him, knew he would do anything he could for them.  He was loved by many people.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lena Romeo Panzera of 52 years; son, Joseph Panzera, III; grandson, Joseph Panzera, IV; and brothers, Mel and Pete Panzera.

He is survived by his 2 children, daughter, Mary Ann Panzera Walsh (David W.) of Huntington and son, Philip Panzera of Charleston; 3 grandchildren, Amy Thomas (Randy) of Spencer, David Joseph Walsh (Julie) of South Point, OH and Lennie Panzera of Charleston; 4 great-grandchildren, Italia Panzera Bell, daughter of Lennie Panzera, Jackson Thomas, son of Amy and Randy Thomas, Zane and Zoey Walsh, son and daughter of D.J. Walsh.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, February 15th at Saint Agnes Catholic Church, Kanawha City with Rev. Father Jose Manuel Escalante officiating.  Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum, South Charleston.  Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm Friday, February 14th at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in memory of Joe to: Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W Charleston, WV 25387-2536.

Condolences may be sent to the family at .

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.



  • Date & Time: Feb 14, 2020 (6 PM)
  • Venue: Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home
    Location: 1118 Virginia Ave. East Charleston, WV 25301
  • Phone Number: 304-342-8135

Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: Feb 15, 2020 (11 AM)
  • Venue: St. Agnes Catholic Church
    Location: 4807 Staunton Avenue SE Charleston, WV 25304

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6 responses to Joseph Panzera, Jr.

  1. Liz Spalding says:

    Dear Mary Ann & Phil–Vince Manzi let me know about your dad’s passing. I live in Lexington, KY but was unable to attend his funeral because of travel. I remember your dad fondly, and I know my dad, my brother, and his son (all deceased) were Drive In Barbershop regulars. I’m sure the Spalding men will be happy to finally have a competent barber in heaven! Your dad was a Kanawha City institution! He was the last of my “gang’s” parents to leave us. Please accept my condolences. I have made a donation to Kanawha Hospice Care in his memory. All the best to you and yours, Liz Spalding

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