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Obituary for Paul Paniszczyn

June 27, 1919 - October 30, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 100


Paul Paniszczyn, San Antonio, passed away on October 30, 2019. He was 100 years young, born in Troy, NY. He is survived by his beloved family, his devoted wife Martha of 64 years and his sons (and their respective wives), Charles (Lucy), John (Jamie) and Frank (Rhonda), 6 granddaughters, Katie (Ben), Linda, Heather (Casey), Sarah, Hannah, Bailey and 2 great-granddaughters, Hollie and Claire and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Anthony (Winnie), Tom (Mary), Joe (Jean) and sister Catherine. A 1945 chemistry graduate of Siena College, with three years at RPI, he was a chemist who worked in the pioneering development of silicones at GE and in later years as a chemist supervising application and testing of metal coatings at the South Texas Nuclear Power Plant. A son of a Polish immigrant, and a child of the Great Depression, Paul's children and grandchildren went on to become successful physicians, a lawyer and a geology and geophysical manager at Exxon/Mobil. Instilled with the value of an education, he and his wife emphasized academic excellence and selflessly put all of their children through college. Born at a time when horse drawn wagons outnumbered cars, Paul kept pace with technology, studying early computer language programing and moving from scientific calculations on a slide rule through the first and each succeeding generation of computers. He most recently kept current on the daily news and events on his Amazon Fire Tablet. While his health began to fail in recent years, his mind never did – reading advance math texts and discussing engineering, politics and philosophical issues with friends, neighbors and relatives. He modeled a healthy lifestyle for his family, loved the outdoors, enjoying swimming, played tennis until 85 and then took up golf, playing into his 90's. His love of fishing was passed down to his children and grandchildren. He worked in construction during college and was a handyman who could do a full range of electrical, plumbing and carpentry repair – all with his trademark engineered precision. In his long retirement his full-time occupation became a spoiler of grandchildren, each of whom in turn, he proclaimed was the very best. Visitation will be held at Porter Loring North on Loop 1604 on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 pm with a Rosary to be recited the same evening. A devout Catholic, his Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Friday Nov. 8th at 10:00 am followed by a burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, 17501 Nacogdoches Rd.

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