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Mathew Panozzo, Jr.

July 3, 1969 ~ August 6, 2020 (age 51)

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Mathew Armondo Panozzo, Jr., age 51 years, father, son, brother, EMT, Italian cook, and astronomer died unexpectedly while visiting friends in Niles, Michigan on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

He was born on July 3, 1969 in South Bend, Indiana to Mathew and Margaret J. (Tennison) Panozzo, Sr.  He was graduated from Niles High School and continued his education at Southwestern Michigan College in the registered nurse program.  He was licensed in Michigan as a Paramedic and had served most recently on the Edwardsburg Ambulance, previously serving at Sister Lakes Ambulance, and Cass County Ambulance.  In addition to his paramedic work, he volunteered as a firefighter with the Pokagon Volunteer Fire Department.

Matt was a great cook, celebrating his family’s Italian heritage with ravioli.  He used that same heritage as a reason for his gregarious personality, greeting all friends loudly and with a genuine interest in their lives.  He was also always willing to share his thoughts and opinions.  During quieter moments, he enjoyed the outdoors, had a special interest in watching the night sky constellations, planets, and satellites, and was always interested and knowledgeable about the activities of NASA.

Matt was formerly married to Amanda Shemick.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Panozzo on September 20, 2018.

Surviving family includes his sons, Mathew William Panozzo III and Geoffrey Armondo Panozzo, both of White Pigeon, Michigan; a step-son, David Scott “Scottie” Shemick of White Pigeon; Matt, Jr.’s father, Mathew Panozzo, Sr. of South Bend; and Matt, Jr.’s sisters, Kimberly Hammond and Regina (& Stephen) Henry, both of South Bend; and several nieces and nephews.

The family of Mathew Panozzo, Jr. will remember him in the same manner in which they remember his mother.  Online condolences may be left at:

Matt clearly loved people, enjoyed his relationships, was fascinated by nature, and left us too soon, wishing for that next enthusiastic greeting.

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